Columbia VA to Host Korean War Remembrance Ceremony

The Columbia VA Healthcare System is inviting the community to a special Korean War Remembrance Ceremony on June 25. The event will take place at the Dorn VA Medical Center, located at 6439 Garners Ferry Road, starting at 11:00 AM. This occasion serves to honor the sacrifices and service of the men and women who participated in the Korean War.

The ceremony will include a variety of meaningful activities:

  • Presentation of the Colors: The Richland County Honor Guard will present the colors, adding a formal and respectful beginning to the event.
  • National Anthems: Both the U.S. and South Korean national anthems will be performed, highlighting the enduring bond between the two nations.
  • Guest Speakers: Notable speakers will address attendees, including Oscar Rodriguez, the Acting Director/CEO of the Columbia VA Healthcare System. His remarks will underscore the significance of remembering the Korean War and the valor of those who served.
  • Wreath-Laying Ceremony: A wreath-laying will honor those who fought and sacrificed during the Korean War, providing a solemn moment of reflection and respect.

The Korean War Monument at the Dorn VA Medical Center will be the focal point for this commemorative event. It stands as a testament to the bravery and commitment of the veterans who served in what is often called the “Forgotten War.”

The Columbia VA Healthcare System encourages veterans, their families, and community members to attend and pay tribute to these heroes. The ceremony is an opportunity for the community to come together and show appreciation for the sacrifices made by Korean War veterans, ensuring their contributions are remembered and honored.

For more information about the event, as well as details on the services and programs available at the Dorn VA Medical Center, please visit the Columbia VA Healthcare System’s website at

This remembrance ceremony is a significant event, fostering a sense of community and recognition for those who served bravely in the Korean War. It is a chance for the people of Columbia to reflect on the past and to support and honor their local veterans.

United States Department of Defense photo of Washington Korean War Memorial