Korean War Memorial to Be Unveiled in Linden Grove this Weekend
The new Korean War Memorial in Linden Grove Cemetery will be unveiled on Saturday, the sixtieth anniversary of end of the conflict. The centerpiece of the memorial will be a statue of Clofus Farris, the brother of Covington philanthropist Oakley Farris, who was killed in the War. Oakley and Eva Farris are dedicating a bronze statue of him.
“Let us not forget the 35,000 young men and women who gave their lives that we may continue to enjoy this wonderful country we call America,” said Oakley Farris. “My brother, Clofus, was a heroic individual who would do anything to protect his country no matter what, and this memorial is to honor his sacrifice.”
The morning event includes a ceremonial unveiling of the bronze statue, historical perspectives by Professor Emeritus James Claypool and dignitary visits including former Congressmen Geoff Davis and Ken Lucas. Others include United States Congressman Thomas Massie who will give the keynote address, State Representative Arnold Simpson, Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus and Covington Mayor Sherry Carran.
The dedication ceremony will be highlighted in the cemetery’s historic nature backdrop and preservation grounds honoring Korean War veterans including Clofus who was killed in action in Kumhwa, Korea on July 17, 1953. Aside from being awarded the Silver Star for Valor, Clofus received the national defense service medal; Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Battle Star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. For more information about the memorial and Linden Grove, or to make a donation by purchasing a memorial paver at the historic cemetery located in Covington’s urban center, visit www.historiclindengrove.org.
Dedication and unveiling of the Korean War Memorial will be held:
Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. at Covington’s Historic Linden Grove Cemetery
1421 Holman Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011
Photo: Linden Grove Cemetery entrance/RCN file