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Conn. Korean War vets to be honored

Shelton resident Alphonse Sabetta is hoping for a good turnout at an event he is coordinating this month to honor Korean War veterans.

Sabetta, who served 17 months in the Army during the Korean War, is adjutant of Sutter-Terlizzi Post 16, American Legion in Shelton.

The ceremony will be held 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the post, 295 Bridgeport Ave.

It will honor any Korean War veterans who live in Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton, Sabetta said. Family members may attend.

”The registration has been very good,” Sabetta said. More than 200 Valley veterans have signed up.

Military officers, as well as state and local elected officials, will present certificates, Sabetta said. Refreshments will be served.

The U.S. Department of Defense certificate of appreciation reads: “In recognition of honorable service during the Korean War in defense of Democracy and Freedom. Through your selfless sacrifice, the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula was halted and liberty triumphed over tyranny. The Department of Defense and the people of America and Korea are forever grateful.” It is signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Sabetta said any veteran may request a certificate by writing to Department of Defense, 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, Commemoration Committee, 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 1400, Arlington, Va. 22202, or calling 703-545-0011.

The war in 1950-53 has been called the “Forgotten War” and “a police action,” Sabetta noted. “I just want this (ceremony) to be a success.”

For information, call Sabetta at 203-924-0898.

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