Posted: Jul 27, 2014 1:24 PM by Lauren Donovan, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Jul 27, 2014 8:19 PM
COLUMBIA - 62 years after the armistice was signed, Governor Jay Nixon proclaimed July 27 Korean War Veterans Day in Missouri. While a statue was passed in 1989 to memorialize the date, the state had yet to enact it as an actual holiday.
Kenneth Stephens, is one of the 50,000 living Korean War veterans in Missouri. Stephens enlisted in high school as an inactive reserve. The inactive reserves were supposed to be deployed last, but instead were one of the first branches sent to South Korea in 1950. He was stationed in Busan, South Korea.
When Stephens returned to Columbia, a place he's called home for 85 years, he said there was litle reception from the community towards the returning Korean War veterans.
"I know the Vietnam veterans have the same problem, people didn't appreciate what they did." Stephens said. He said he remembered there were not parades or big celebrations.
Over 1.7 million Americans served from 1950-1953 in the Korean War, but Stephens said he believes there is a lack of understanding and knowledge about the war within the local community. In three years, 3,400 Americans gave their lives to the cause. "Time heals a lot of things and overall its been sixty some odd years now, people don't get too excited about the Korean War," Stephens said.
Stephens serves on the Honor Guard working with funerals for veterans, a post he took after retiring from his job at the post office. To stay connected with other local veterans Stephens participates in activities hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. "Everyone has a different feeling but I don't feel like anybody owes me anything", said Stephens.
Posted 5:25 PM 11/29/2015 by The Associated Press
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the patrol and Dekalb County Sheriff's Department responded to a call near Stewartsville at 10:18 (More)
Posted 4:16 PM 11/29/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA - Columbia police arrested a man who allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old relative by the hair for not wearing a hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf.
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Posted 3:02 PM 11/29/2015 by James Packard, KOMU 8 Reporter
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Posted 1:47 PM 11/29/2015 by The Associated Press
JOPLIN (AP) — A southwest Missouri newspaper's recent attempts to obtain emails from three former public officials in Joplin resulted in two denials because the records were wiped clean soon after the leaders left office.
The Joplin Globe, which requested the records, reports (More)
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Posted 1:38 PM 11/29/2015 by Alex Farkas, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Sunday marks the 11th annual Drive Safer Sunday on the year's busiest day of travel.
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Posted 1:30 PM 11/29/2015 by The Associated Press
SILEX (AP) — The mayor of a tiny eastern Missouri town is dead after being involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle that crossed the center line.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 67-year-old David E. Rice of Silex was pronounced dead Friday at a St. Louis-area (More)
Posted 11:31 AM 11/29/2015 by Associated Press
NORMANDY (AP) — It's been more than 15 months since Michael Brown became a household name after a white police officer shot and killed the black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
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Posted 6:52 PM 11/28/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are set to question officials in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration on how the state spends money to help refugees.
The Legislature recently set the Monday hearing in response to deadly attacks in Paris and criticism of Nixon's decision not to (More)
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Posted 4:38 PM 11/28/2015 by Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - Natasha Johnson started the group, Show Me-Just and Caring Communities, in 2013 and is now beginning to develop the group further.
Johnson started the anti-bully group with another parent after learning about a middle school student who had committed suicide after (More)