© National Education Association - Jewish Affaris Caucus 2017
A note from our Vice-Chair, JR Miler-Alper
Her recent visit to Korea and her story!
I thought you might be interested in my story. I can also attach a number of poignant pictures with children in the Republic of Korea, pictures visiting the DMZ and pictures with the veteran/former POW that traveled with the thirty teachers from all over the country. (Pictures will be forthcoming)
To prepare for this experience, I interviewed five men who served during that time period, presented in Houston at a community function, and presented my research in Washington DC earlier in the summer at the Korean War Digital History Project training.
These quotes are from Dr. Han of Syracuse University the founder of the program.
“The Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial (KWVDM) strives to remember the Korean War the most authentic way possible: by interviewing, archiving, and recording the first-hand experiences, original artifacts, and personal memories of Korean War Veterans (KWVs). The KWVDM is both a memorial and a limitless museum for Korean War Veterans to share their personal stories and experiences uncensored with the world…The ultimate goal of the KWVDM, however, is not just to digitalize the past, but to engage the younger generation and prevent the Korean War from becoming a truly forgotten war and taking advantage of the fact that there are still more than 2 million KWVs left in the U.S….From 1950-1953, the Korean Peninsula saw more than 2.5 million civilians perished, 54,000 American soldiers sacrificed, up to 500,000 opposition forces lost, and more than 3 million Koreans turned into refugees. By the war’s end, territory gained by the U.S. and South Korea was minimal and the ceasefire treaty holding the 38th parallel remains today… “
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of Republic of Korea supported this project financially and sponsored the thirty teachers July 22-29 in a learning experience in ROK that included a ceremony at the War Memorial, attendance at the Armistice Ceremony on July 27, a thank you banquet for veterans of that time period from the sixteen countries that sent combat units and five that sent medical support that made up the United Nations Forces and an overnight stay at a Buddhist Temple all in which the group of educators participated. The President of the National Council of Social Studies, a Texas resident, attended as well. (We were the only two from Texas).