An event Thursday at Memorial Park in Omaha honored Korean War veterans and kicked off Veterans Day commemorations.
Sandra Lim, the Omaha-born wife of South Korean war hero Sun-Ha Lim, had the honor of turning on the lights at Omaha’s seventh annual Veterans Shine On event.
Sun-Ha was a South Korean major general who died at age 95 in 2018. He began the war as a 27-year-old aide to U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur and ended the war three years later as the commander of a South Korean army division along the 38th Parallel.
Before the red, white and blue lights were flipped on, the evening included a performance of “Arirang” by the Korean Ladies Choir, a three-volley gun salute and a laying of the wreaths ceremony. The city of Omaha’s Parks and Recreation director, Matthew Kalcevich, also read a proclamation signed by Mayor Jean Stothert marking the date as Veterans Shine On Day.