County’s Korea vets planning 60th anniversary reunion

The Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County are planning a reunion for all the Korea veterans in Pennsylvania this July.

The three-day event, to be held July 25-27, marks the 60th anniversary of the truce that ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953.

“We want to get local people involved in this,” said Howard Wilt at the reunion committee’s latest meeting, held Wednesday afternoon. “We’ve got 216 active members in Lycoming County.”

The reunion is open to anyone who served in Korea or was serving elsewhere in the U.S. military between June 1950 and January 1955.

Fifty rooms have been reserved at the Genetti Hotel for out-of-towners attending the reunion, and the hotel will host a banquet on Saturday, July 27. Brigadier Gen. Arthur W. Hinaman, of the Washington, D.C., National Guard, will give the keynote address.

A meet-and-greet will be held at the Genetti the evening of Thursday, July 25.

On Friday, attendees will take a tour of the Army Reserve Training Center, where some military equipment from the Korean War will be on display, then have the option to tour the Little League Museum and/or take in a Crosscutters game at Bowman Field.

Saturday morning, reunion attendees will go to Veterans Park for a memorial ceremony with music provided by the Repasz Band, and then have the option to take a ride on the Hiawatha Riverboat in the afternoon.

The deadline for registration is May 25.

The reunion committee still is looking for businesses and individuals who would like to sponsor an ad in the booklet that all attending veterans will receive.

Anyone looking for information on registering or advertising may call Richard Barkman at 753-5490.