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General Petraeus to Speak at Korean War Veterans Event in June

*** Program Offered Free to the Public ***

*** Special Performance by “America’s Got Talent” 2008 Winner Neal Boyd ***

INDEPENDENCE, MOGeneral David H. Petraeus will offer the keynote address at what some are calling the nation’s largest tribute to Korean War veterans in the year marking the 60th anniversary of the war’s outbreak. Organized by the Truman Library Institute, nonprofit partner of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Korean War Veterans Appreciation Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 21 at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, Mo.

The special event is expected to draw thousands and will be attended by numerous elected officials, national and foreign military leaders, and representatives from the United Nations allies that joined the United States in one of the first conflicts of the Cold War. 2008 "America's Got Talent Winner," Neal Boyd, of Sikeston, Mo., will deliver a special patriotic performance for the occasion.

The Korean War Veterans Appreciation Ceremony is free and open to the public, however tickets are required for admission. Truman Library Institute members will be given the first opportunity to obtain tickets. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning May 24, 2010; Korean War veterans and their guests will be offered premium seating, as space allows. Tickets will be available through Central Ticket Office or online at TrumanLibrary.org.

The event is made possible by numerous partners and sponsors, including the title sponsor, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. VFW Commander in Chief Thomas J. Tradewell, Sr., who will be present for the event, has called the June 21 commemoration “the most significant event in the nation honoring those who served during the Korean War.” Other Korea60 sponsors include the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust/Daniel C. Weary and Bank of America, trustees; KC Impact Fund; Norman and Elaine Polsky Supporting Family Foundation (GKCCF); Jean and Don Wagner; and the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc. Volunteer leadership includes Honorary Chairmen U.S. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, and U.S. Congressman Ike Skelton, who assisted in making the invitation to General Petraeus.

David Howell Petraeus is a General in the United States Army and the 10th and current Commander of the U.S. Central Command. Petraeus previously served as Commanding General of Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) from January 26, 2007 to September 16, 2008. As Commander of MNF-I, Petraeus oversaw all coalition forces in Iraq. Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College—class of 1983. He subsequently earned a M.P.A. degree (1985) and a Ph.D. degree (1987) in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He later served as Assistant Professor of International Relations at the U.S. Military Academy and also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University. He has a BSc. from the U.S. Military Academy—class of 1974—from which he graduated as a distinguished cadet (top 5% of his class).

" We are deeply honored by the participation of General Petraeus,” said Alex Burden, executive director of the Truman Library Institute. “The Truman Library Institute is proud to be playing a leading role in honoring the sacrifices made in Korea 60 years ago and in reminding an international audience about the important role President Truman played in shaping the world we know today.”

The Korean War Veterans Appreciation Ceremony is just one of a series of programs presented in conjunction with the Korean War anniversary. To learn more about Korea60 plans and events, please visit www.trumanlibrary.org.



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