Students in Greenville County Schools are raising money to honor troops missing or killed in action during the Korean War.
Led by student leaders at all 14 high schools in the district, students are selling bracelets that read #ForgottenNoMore because historians often refer to the Korean War as The Forgotten War, according to a press release by the school district. The students' goal is $200,000, which is the cost to have the names of all South Carolina KIAs and MIAs etched on the Korean War Wall of Remembrance in Washington, D.C.
The Korean War was fought between 1950 and 1953, and the average age of its veterans is 85.
“Having this monument means so much to Korean War Veterans," said Bella Powell, a student at Travelers Rest High School. "Their generation is aging and they have wanted this for so long. I think working as a district and cultivating that unified body for something so good and pleasing is pretty awesome."
Students will hold events at their individual schools during the month of November.
A video featuring the testimonials of local Korean War Veterans will be shown in Greenville County Schools. On Friday, November 10th all 11,000 district employees will have the opportunity to contribute $5.00 in exchange for wearing blue jeans to work. The money raised will be donated to the Wall of Remembrance fund. Employees and students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue attire in honor of the Veterans.
Greenville County had an estimated 55+ KIAs and MIAs during the conflict. There are an estimated 547+ South Carolinians who were either killed or held prisoner during the Korean War.
The estimated cost to construct and install the Wall of Remembrance is $26 million. However, no federal dollars can be used on the project. South Korea has committed to raising $13 million and American citizens will be responsible for the remaining $13 million.
You can help
Donations can be made online. Checks can also be made to the GCS Wall of Remembrance Fund and dropped off at any GCS school location or mailed to 301 E. Camperdown Way, Greenville, SC, 29601.