Honor Veterans & Hope for Peace

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Raised by 68 people in 10 months
Created April 11, 2018
50 States. 70 Cities. 90 Days. 
From 4/27-7/27 (Korean War Armistice Day). From LA to DC.
Join my Journey across the US to
Thank Korean War Veterans, 
Help Build the Wall of Remembrance and
Promote Peace in Korea
In January 2017, after serving as chief of staff for legendary Congressman Charles Rangel, I traveled around the world to thank and document the stories of Korean War veterans around the world across six continents in 27 countries that participated in the Korean War -- including Japan, China, Russia and even North Korea. During my 4-month journey, I had the distinct honor of interviewing 200 Veterans, whom I referred to as my Grandpas, because as I told them, “If you did not fight in Korea, I would not be here.”

THANKS TO GOD and many Angels and supporters like you, I was able to visit a Memorial in every country and meet at least one veteran (except for North Korea). In Italy, I met the last remaining Veteran in the entire country!

Meeting them in person has only strengthened my commitment towards my Korean War veteran Grandpas and resolve to keep hope alive for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

That’s why I decided to voluntarily devote some more time to help raise money to build the Wall of Remembrance at the National Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. In each of the countries I visited, the Korean War Memorials had engraved names of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. My former boss, himself a Korean War Veteran and a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, was one of the original co-sponsors of the Wall of Remembrance Act that was enacted in 2016. I was heartbroken to hear from Col. Weber, Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, that there hasn’t been much progress towards building the Wall due to lack of start-up funds.

I’m hoping to increase public awareness about the Wall by visiting all the Korean War Memorials across our beautiful country. My desire is for the Wall to be erected as soon as possible so that as many of my Grandpas can attend the dedication ceremony. More than 36,000 killed in action. Almost 8,000 unaccounted for. Casualties in every state in the union including the U.S. territories. I want all of America to understand and viscerally feel that "Freedom Is Not Free."

For the last decade, I have worked tirelessly to make sure Korean War Veterans are not forgotten, and to pay tribute to their sacrifices by promoting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Since 2008 I have organized an annual event to honor them, and in 2009 I successfully lobbied Congress to officially establish every July 27th as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in America.

I’m looking forward to finally hug and kiss many of my Grandpas in person. My Grandpas are almost 90 years old and many are passing away each month. During their youth, they volunteered and risked their lives to fight for a country they did not know and for people they had not met. They gave so much of themselves, their all, and I want to give a little to ensure their sacrifices are not forgotten.

You too can be part of the journey -- either in person or in spirit, you can join me in 70 cities across 50 states! (See map and itinerary below.)

Please contact me at hannah@remember727.org and let me know if you can join me at a Memorial near you. In addition, I’ll appreciate your assistance in organizing a ceremony and spreading the word.

You can also help by contributing toward my travel expenses (airfare, car rental, gas, hotels/airbnbs, etc.). Most importantly, your donations will help me pay for wreaths, flowers, gifts and lunches for Veterans. So far, I’m financing this on my own, so every bit will help.

For more information on how to join the effort to build the Wall of Remembrance and on the journey to Korean War Memorials across the United States, please see this article I wrote for The Graybeards , the official publication of the Korean War Veterans Association, or visit www.remember727.org

For information on the Wall of Remembrance and to donate, please visit: http://www.koreanwarvetsmemorial.org/wall-of-remembrance/

Thank you so much.
Hannah Y Kim

“I have had the privilege and honor of knowing and working with Ms. Hannah Kim since 2007.  I have never met anyone who is more dedicated to thanking and honoring our Korean War Veterans and their families for their service to our country.  For almost past ten years she has devoted her time and energy to ensure the price for freedom and peace we enjoy today is not forgotten.  There could be no finer Ambassador to represent our Korean War Veterans than Ms. Kim.  She should be commended for all the lives she has touched over the years.”

- Col (Ret) James R. Fisher, National Executive Director of the Korean War Veterans Association, USA


4/28 Sat  - San Francisco, CA
4/30 Mon - Roseville, CA
5/1 Tues - Carson City, NV
5/3 Thurs - Boise, ID
5/5 Sat -Portland, OR
5/8 Tues - Anchorage, AK
5/10 Fri - Seattle, WA
5/13 Sun -Missoula, MT
5/14 Mon - Cody, WY
5/16 Wed - Salt Lake City, UT
5/17 Thurs - Denver, CO
5/18 Fri - Aurora, CO
5/19 Sat - Albuquerque, NM
5/21 Mon - Phoenix, AZ
stop by San Antonio, TX
5/22 Tues - Austin, TX
5/23 Wed - Oklahoma City, OK
stop by Wichita, Topeka, KS
5/24 Thurs - Overland Park, KS
5/25 Fri - Lawrence, KS
5/25 Fri - Kansas City, KS/MO
5/27 Sun - Des Moines, IA
5/28 Mon MEMORIAL DAY - Omaha, Columbus, NE
5/29 Tues - Pierre, SD
5/30 Wed - Bismarck, ND
5/31 Thurs - Saint Paul and Rochester, MN
6/1 Fri - Plover, WI
6/2 Sat - Chicago, IL
6/4 Mon - Springfield, IL
6/5 Tues - St. Louis, MO
6/6 Wed - College of the Ozarks, MO
6/7 Thurs - Little Rock, AR
stop by Pineville, LA
6/8 Fri - New Orleans, LA
6/9 Sat - Mobile, AL
6/11 Mon - Meridian, MS
stop by Birmingham, AL
6/12 Tues - Atlanta, GA
6/13 Wed - Augusta, GA
6/15 Fri - Greenville, SC
stop by Columbia, SC
6/16 Sat - Fayetteville, NC
6/18 Mon - Orlando, FL
6/20 Wed - Nashville, TN
6/21 Thurs - Lexington, KY
6/22 Fri - Charleston, WV
6/23 Sat - Dayton, OH
6/24 Sun - Indianapolis, IN
6/25 Mon JUNE25th COMMEMORATION - Fort Wayne, IN
stop by Marion, IN
6/26 Tues - Saint Joseph/Berrien County, MI
6/27 Wed - Detroit, MI
6/28 Thurs - Pittsburgh, PA
stop by Youngstown OH
6/28 Thurs - York, PA
6/29 Fri -Philadelphia, PA
6/30 Sat - New York, NY
7/5 Thurs - Hudson, Albany, NY
7/6 Fri - Manchester, VT
7/7 Sat - Nashua, NH
7/9 Mon - Bangor, ME
7/10 Tues - Boston, MA
7/12 Thurs - Middleborough, MA
7/13 Fri - Providence, RI
7/14 Sat - Exeter, RI
7/16 Mon - Danbury, CT
7/17 Tues - Jersey City, NJ
7/19 Thurs - Atlantic City, NJ
7/20 Fri - Wilmington, DE
7/21 Sat - Baltimore, MD
7/23 Mon - Frederick County, MD
7/24 Tues - Winchester, VA
7/27 Fri ARMISTICE DAY - Washington, DC
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Hello everyone:
It was on Jan 19th two years ago I was able to start my journey to thank Korean War Veterans around the world.

Thanks to your generous support, I I also traveled across the US to all 50 states to honor them. (Not Forgotten: Woman travels coast to coast commemorating Korean War veterans: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/local-news/2018/07/08/not-forgotten-woman-travels-coast-to-coast-commemorating-korean-war-veterans/)

I'm so sorry I haven't individually updated you during and post my travels, but please please know how grateful I remain.
I posted this note (below) on Facebook to jot down some thoughts on this day.

I will start compiling all the stories I've collected...and can't wait to share them with you.
With much love and gratitude,
Hannah Kim

I chose Jan 19, 2017, to embark on the worldwide Journey to thank Korean War Veterans. I remember I was scared to death, until I realized I wasn’t scared of death: God spared me for a purpose.

On Jan 19, 2006, I had miraculously survived a car crash at 90mph.

I wasn’t yet 22, but since then I’ve lived each day as if it were my last, gratefully and dutifully, because I owe it to God & the universe.

A decade later I somehow ended up as a chief of staff in #Congress. I knew I didn’t get there on my own. So with the same faith and determination, I left #CapitolHill to interview #KoreanWar veterans before it was too late.

I found so much healing during the last two years while meeting my #Grandpas all over the world and every state. Stories of teenage boys being killed, wounded or captured while fighting for me...made me forget my own debilitating chronic pain. Seeing their smiles upon my visit, albeit briefly, was worth all the pain...even the car accident...that led me to them.

I now have no want. I’m at peace.

If I’d die tomorrow, I’d go to Heaven with utter gratitude for the extra priceless memories forever imprinted in my soul.

The physical pain still lingers. But it’s my greatest gift. It’s a beautiful reminder of God’s grace...to remain thankful and humble.

Life is so precious!
Many laid down their lives so that I may live.
Thank you, God.
Thank you, Grandpas.
Thank YOU all for being part of my Journey and blessed life.

Happy (second) birthday to me.
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WOW. It's here. 7/27. I can't thank you enough for believing in me and the mission at hand.

Thanks to your generous support, I was able to hug & kiss 800 veterans in my 50-state, 70+++city, 90-day Journey, that began on 4/27. I wish you were there to see them cry and laugh with me. I individually pinned a heart lapel pin to each of them and told them I was expressing the gratitude of the Korean people. (This article sums it up the best: http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/local-news/2018/07/08/not-forgotten-woman-travels-coast-to-coast-commemorating-korean-war-veterans/)

Thank you again for cheering me on via social media and prayers. I felt your spirit. I hope tomorrow, on 7/27, you will join me at 7:27pm to observe a moment of silence at the KWMemorial in DC/or in spirit to "honor veterans & pray for peace."

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you. XOXO hannah kim
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