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Korean War vets throughout South Dakota honored with medal

PIERRE (AP) -- Hundreds of Korean War veterans in South Dakota have been honored for their service. Veterans received an Ambassador of Peace medal from the Korean government at ceremonies in the Capitol Rotunda and in counties around the state on...

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Korean war vets and members of the public attend a local ceremony to honor vets with Ambassador Peace Medals on Tuesday. The event was held at the American Legion Post No. 18 Home in Mitchell, where those not able to attend the official event at the Capital Rotunda in Pierre were able to watch a live broadcast and be honored for their service in the Korean War. Fourteen local veterans were honored. (Kella Rodiek/Republic)

PIERRE (AP) - Hundreds of Korean War veterans in South Dakota have been honored for their service.

Veterans received an Ambassador of Peace medal from the Korean government at ceremonies in the Capitol Rotunda and in counties around the state on Tuesday.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard also received a medal, for his role in finding Korean War veterans throughout the state. He said the ceremony was a way to show the vets that they aren't forgotten.

State Veterans Affairs Secretary Larry Zimmerman says South Dakota is the first state to host such an event, with state officials and South Korean dignitaries gathering to pay tribute to the Americans who fought in the war.

A total of 466 South Dakota veterans were honored, 158 of them in the Pierre ceremony.

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