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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Indiana Is state number 36 for Korean War Ambassadress Hannah Kim.
She's making it her mission to honor veterans who fought in the Korean War. She says without them, she wouldn't be here.
"The current peace talks have opened up some opportunities for us to recover the remains of those who have been missing in action," Kim said.
To make sure they're never forgotten, she's spreading awareness about The Korean Veteran Memorial Wall in D.C that she believes will offer some closure to many families.
"When I heard and learned that the wall of remembrance in Washington D.C was not being built due to lack of funds, that's when i said, 'You know what? What can I do about this wall?' I've known Korean War Veterans for almost 10 years. I’ve emailed them, written articles in their magazine, but I haven't actually had the honor of meeting them in person unless they come to Washington D.C," she added.
So she's traveling to all 50 states to make it happen.
"They traveled 5,000 miles or even farther across the Pacific ocean to go to Korea. It's not that much for me to come to Fort Wayne, Indiana,"she said.
"I think she's a very talented, dedicated young lady, and to have the youth come and honor us today, that just made me feel good. You saw some folks were rendered to tears over that, and I'll have to admit, I too was wiping my eyes,"Dick Loney said.
Loney served in the army for the Korean War.
As a token of thanks, Kim gave them gifts- heart shaped pins for all Korean veterans she affectionately calls her grandpas, and flowers for those who died.
"I'm here to thank them, but they are thanking me for thanking them. There's nothing that makes me more happy"
Her next stop after Indiana is St. Joseph, Michigan.
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