Photos: Korean War Memorial Dedicated at Linden Grove Cemetery
The veterans and fallen servicemen of the Korean War were honored Saturday at Covington's Linden Grove Cemetery, sixty years to the day that the conflict ended.
Philanthropist Oakley Farris commissioned a bronze statue in tribute to his brother, Clofus Farris, who was killed in Korea just ten days before war came to an end. That statue was unveiled during a rainy, moving ceremony that featured speakers Congressman Thomas Massie, former Congressmen Geoff Davis (and current Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs) Ken Lucas, State Senator Chris McDaniel, State Representative Arnold Simpson, Kenton County Judge-Executive Steve Arlinghaus (who introduced his Korean War veteran father and shared a moving, teary story about how Carl Arlinghaus lost his bets friend from Covington over there), and Covington Mayor Sherry Carran, and others that included Northern Kentucky University Professor and local historian James Claypool and Honor Flight Director Ed Finke.
In addition to the unveiling of the statue, sculpted by Matt Langford who is responsible for many of the statues around Covington, Oakley and Eva Farris were presented with Clofus Farris's Korean Service Medal by Lucas. It was the only medal the Farrises did not have of Clofus's time in Korea.
The statue was unveiled with the physical assistance of members of the Holmes High School Class of 1951 and Korean War veterans.
The ceremony closed with a 21-gun salute and Taps played on the bugle by Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn.