Korean War Exhibit at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center

September 20, 2019, 7:09 AM HST · Updated September 20, 7:09 AM
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The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) announces the opening of its exhibit, The Forgotten War Revisited.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center announced the opening of its exhibit, The Forgotten War Revisited. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday Sept. 23 to Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 on Mondays through Fridays between noon and 4 p.m.

The Korean War Veterans Association, Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Chapter 282. with support from the Maui Korean Community Association and in partnership with the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, presents the exhibit. Along with panels detailing the history of the Korean War, visitors will be able to see artifacts from the personal collections of the Korean War Veteran Association members. Docents for the exhibit will be Korean War Veterans. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Korean War (1950-53) is often referred to as the “Forgotten War” despite an estimated 1.2 million lives lost in battle on all sides. Because it broke out only five years after the end of World War II and the combat ended only two years before the tumultuous Vietnam War in 1955, the Korean War has not received the same attention as others. Some Maui Nisei who served in World War II also served in the Korean War.

Of the estimated 275 Hawai’i service members killed in the Korean War, an estimated 80 were from Maui County. The NVMC says keeping alive the histories and memory of all who served and fought in Korea is important so present and future generations will understand and learn from their sacrifice.

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NVMC’s mission is to ignite the potential in people by inspiring them to find the hero in themselves through the legacy of the Nisei Veterans.

The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is a non-profit organization that aspires to a world where people act selflessly for the greater good. NVMC owns and manages an intergenerational campus on Go For Broke Place in Kahului that serves as a home for Kansha Preschool, Maui Adult Day Care Center’s Oceanview facility, the Stanley Izumigawa Pavilion and the NVMC Education Center. To learn more, visit www.nvmc.org.

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