60th anniversary Korean War National Museum events begin Saturday
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois veterans have been providing their accounts and histories of the Korean War through the Korean War National Museum (KWNM) in Springfield’s speaker series. The museum’s fourth event featuring veterans and others from “The Forgotten War” is at 2 p.m. June 22 at 9 Old State Capitol Plaza in Springfield when Maija Rhee Devine, wife of former Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Michael J. Devine, will relate her experiences in the conflict.
Guests will have a chance to meet Devine and listen to her experiences and ask questions. Students, educators, and media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Visitors may also review the museum’s memorabilia, uniforms and artifacts.
Devine was a child in Korea when war broke out. She will read from her novel, “The Voices of Heaven,” set during the Korean War and relate her experiences, particularly of South Koreans’ gratitude toward the United Nations and U.S. intervention during the war and appreciation for the U.S.-Korea alliance.
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