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Memorial for local Korean War vets to be unveiled on Monday

VALLEY - Finally. After years of trying to get recognition for himself and other local veterans of the Korean War, Curtis Faulkner is about to realize some satisfaction for his efforts.

Curtis Faulkner, left, and Jim Matheson will be recognized for their contributions in the Korean War during an unveiling of a memorial at the entrance to Victoria Park on Monday.

"It's finally happening," the Valley resident said, of a memorial unveiling planned for Monday at the entrance to Victoria Park. The date, July 27, coincides with Korean War Veterans Day.

"I'm happy because it's been so long that Jim (Matheson) and I have worked at this and we're happy that it's finally gong to happen," he said, of a fellow Korean War veteran in Truro.

The Korean conflict, which raged from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, has long been known as the Forgotten War and Faulkner and Matheson, both 84, have spoken in the past about how they were shunned or saw the significance of their contributions downplayed by the veterans of other wars and civilians alike.

For the past several years they have attempted to have the war recognized on the Truro Cenotaph but when those efforts failed, their efforts turned to finding an alternative location.

"I'm just so glad that the people of Truro are going to see it, " Faulkner said, especially given that other cities he has visited in Canada have memorial sites to recognize Korean War veterans.

Faulkner also said he is "very happy" about the location selected for the memorial.

And Truro Mayor Bill Mills said he too likes the site.

"It's a high traffic area," Mills said. "And, I think the big thing about this whole announcement and unveiling, is that I made a commitment over the last couple of years to get this thing through to completion and we're here. I'm looking forward to it."

Although the process to establish a memorial for the Korean War vets took longer than it perhaps should have, Mills said, the important thing is that it now is being done.

"It shouldn't have gone this long but it did," he said. "But we're going to move on and the Korean vets will get the recognition that they deserve."

The unveiling is set for 11 a.m. Monday at the park entrance and the public is invited to attend.

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