Korean War veterans in Utah were honored with medals from the Republic of Korea, for their selfless efforts to assist the country in its defense against North Korea. South Korea received help from 16 countries, including the U.S. At one point during the 1950-1953 heaviest fighting, the United States had nearly 350,000 troops committed to the region.

While the Veterans’ efforts may have been many years ago, the genuine gratitude of the South Korean contingent, including Consul General Dongman Hart, was evident in mid-October with their expression of appreciation to the Veterans in a ceremony held at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins. In addition, it was declared Korean Veterans Day. More than 100 Korean War Veterans from Utah received an Ambassador of Freedom Medal from the Republic of Korea.

While mayors of Ivins City and the City of St. George, as well as other dignitaries were in attendance at the event, along with representatives from the Republic of Korea, the Veterans were the real stars of the show.

Kanab’s very own Colonel Lloyd Laycook, who joined the military in 1950, and served in Vietnam, Germany and Korea, was one of the Veterans honored with a medal.