Local veterans of the Korean War presented a cheque towards the upkeep of the memorial on Plymouth Hoe.
The Plymouth branch of the British Korean Veterans Association in Devon and Cornwall has now officially disbanded due to the age of the members, and following the disbanding of the national branch. The members will however remain as a Fellowship group.
The Veterans presented a cheque for £300 to Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy and senior representatives from the armed forces, in the Warspite Room at Council House.
It will be at the meeting of the Community Covenant for Plymouth. The Community Covenant is a formal commitment, signed in Plymouth on Armed Forces Day in 2012, to mutual support between the city’s civilian and armed forces communities, with a special focus on service children.
Chairman of the British Korean Veterans Association of Devon and Cornwall, Joe Guy, said: “The Plymouth branch of the Association was formed in 1985 and in 1988 arranged for a memorial stone to be installed in ‘The Garden of Peace’. On Remembrance Day, Veterans of the Korean War, family members of past and present veterans, assemble there to remember comrades and many widows of our veterans find this garden oasis to be a sanctuary and a place to reminisce and find peace.
“The British Korean Veterans Association is officially disbanding on 27th December due to decreasing numbers. As Chairman of those Veterans in Devon and Cornwall, on their behalf I would like to thank Plymouth City Council for taking on responsibility of maintaining this Korean War memorial.”
Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Pauline Murphy said: “I would like to thank the Veterans Association for their generous donation towards the upkeep of this memorial and wish the Veterans all the best as they move towards disbanding as an association.
“I would also like to reiterate our gratitude for the sacrifices they all made during the Korean War.
“Through our Community Covenant we are working to bring the local community closer together and we are committed to supporting both veterans and current service families.”