Korean War National Museum Rededicated

Korean War National Museum Rededicated

Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Alex Degman

The Korean War National Museum in Springfield was re-dedicated the same way Fighting in the Korean War ended… with Marine Bob Ericson playing taps on his bugle.

Denis Healy, for whom the building is named, is chairman of the museum’s board. He originally didn’t want to be involved, so as not to relive the memories… but then he saw the modern Korean satellite photos.

“The whole North is black, with a couple lights… the whole south is lit up like a Christmas tree,” Healy said. “And it dawned on me… that’s what we did. If we hadn’t been there, that whole bottom would be black too. 40 million people, now the 8th largest economy in the world.”

Despite years of setbacks the museum in downtown Springfield is open. It’s free with a suggested donation and, to Healy, finally represents a monument to those who sacrificed.

“This lets people know that we remember them. That’s all it’s about. It’s here for them.”

Healy says plans for a new national museum in New York City are underway with plans for smaller, regional museums like Springfield’s also in the works.

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