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La Crosse Board of Park Commissioners approves Korean War veterans memorial

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The La Crosse Board of Park Commissioners approved a memorial honoring Korean War veterans at Riverside Park Thursday.

The memorial would focus on honoring those who didn't make it back from the war between North and South Korea, where the United States fought for the South.

The memorial would feature a small lectern and plaque next to the cannon at Riverside Park.

Future construction plans for Riverside Park may make the additional difficult, so they are also considering Veterans Freedom Park.

"By doing this monument, we're not thinking about ourselves," said Korean War Veteran Louis Ferris, "We're thinking about all the men that died in the Coulee Region. 71 that died as a prisoner of war, died in the rigor of battle, or missing in action. They gave the ultimate sacrifice."

But before any construction can start, they need to raise at least $3,000 for the memorial. If they raise more money, they may consider a larger memorial.

If you are interested in donating to the memorial, you can send checks payable to the "Korean War Veterans Association" to Louis Ferris at 1519 George Street, La Crosse, WI 54603.

"Like the expression, 'Old soldiers never die, they just fade away", well, we're all fading away. We want to do something to make our mark somewhere here in the area showing we were there. It's a forgotten war," said Ferris.

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