DALLAS, Ore. - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden visited the Oregon National Guard’s Nesmith Readiness Center in Dallas, Ore., Jan. 15 for a Polk County town hall meeting and ceremony honoring Korean War veterans.
The town hall was Wyden’s 652nd in Oregon and is part of a commitment from the senator to hold at least one town hall political forum in every Oregon County, every year.
Wyden praised the audience at the town hall for asking good questions.
“Thanks for keeping government working the way the Founding Fathers wanted it to be,” Wyden said to the audience.
Wyden, who has been a strong supporter of the military and the Oregon National Guard, took the opportunity to recognize Korean War veterans in the wake of the U.S. Senate passing a declaration on Nov. 27, 2012, officially calling 2012-2013 the year of the Korean War veteran. The commemoration is occurring on the 60 year anniversary of the Korean War to honor contributions and sacrifices made by Korean War veterans.
In addition to recognizing Korean War veterans, Wyden mentioned the Oregon National Guard Service Member and Family Support Program, which he called a national leader in veterans’ services.
“The Korean War has always been considered the forgotten war and we don’t believe it should be forgotten,” said Tom Towslee, communications director for Ron Wyden. “It was time to say, 'thank you for your service.'”
Korean War veteran Jim “Jimbo” Fagundes proudly accepted a framed copy of the resolution from Wyden on behalf of Korean War veterans and said he felt like he was walking on air after receiving the award.
“This is for the all the veterans of the Korean War,” said Jimbo. “There was 53,000 men lost over there, and we pray for their families and pray for the veterans that are still with us.”