Civic leaders to cut ribbon on Korean War memorial today

2,250 Korean War veterans buried in San Francisco National Cemetery

U.S. and Korean leaders will cut the ribbon Monday morning on the Korean War Memorial just outside of the San Francisco National Cemetery,

organizers said.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue in the Presidio.

More than 2,250 Korean War veterans are buried in the San Francisco National Cemetery, according to organizers.

The ceremony is open to the public.

Organizers expect hundreds of a dwindling number of Korean War veterans and their families to attend.

The event is expected to bring together government and business leaders, supporters, donors and others from the U.S. and the Republic of Korea and other countries, organizers said.

The Korean War started on June 25, 1950, when North Korean soldiers crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea.

The war led to an increase in the number of soldiers in the United States armed forces and with it an increase in responsibilities for the Sixth Army at the Presidio, according to organizers.

Departing and returning soldiers received training and support at the base where the former Letterman Army Hospital served as a major care center for the sick and wounded soldiers arriving by ship.

The memorial is the result of a partnership between the Korean War Memorial Foundation and the Presidio Trust.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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