The Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Mackintosh, today attended a ceremony to remember the brave men and women who served in the Korean War and the unveiling of a newly restored stone plaque listing the names of those from Northamptonshire who were killed in the War.
Representatives from Northampton Borough Council, The Royal British Legion and The Korean Veterans Association met at the town’s Abington Square war memorial.
Almost 100,000 British soldiers were involved in the Korean War, with many coming from Northampton and the county.
Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the War, and in readiness the Borough Council has completed restoration of the plaque of names listing the men of Northamptonshire who made the ultimate sacrifice in the conflict.
Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council said: “Sixty years ago many brave soldiers for our town and county were deployed to the other side of the world to fight in the Korean War. Wherever British and Commonwealth troops were sent they did their duty: displaying courage and honour. Sadly 1,078 never returned, including eight from our county.
“It is only right we take time to remember their sacrifice, and the restoration of the Korean War memorial is an important part in showing how we still appreciate, value and respect what they did so far from home. I would like to ask everyone to show their respects on Thursday morning and take a couple of moments to think on the sacrifice so many young lives made only a few decades ago.”