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The Rose Parade float “Freedom Is Not Free” by the Korean War Commemoration Committee is seen in Pasadena during the final judging of floats on Monday, Dec 31, 2012 prior to the kick off of the 124th Rose Parade on New Year's Day. The Defense Department for the first time will put a float in Pasadena's Tournament of Roses, one of the most watched parades, to commemorate the veterans from a conflict that still casts a shadow over the world. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Float remembers U.S. vets of 'forgotten war' in Korea
January 1, 2013 - Byoung Baek flew out from Rochester, N.Y., on Christmas Day for the Rose Parade. But she didn't come for the weather or the revelry or the spectacle.

She traveled to Pasadena to pay a debt she has owed for 60 years.

Baek was a youngster in South Korea when American troops helped preserve her fledgling nation's sovereignty by repelling communist-backed invaders from North Korea.The Korean American community helps decorate the float in honor of veterans' sacrifices in the 1950s conflict.

The war would last three years, from 1950 to 1953. Baek and other Koreans, children during the war, would spend decades steeped in its legacy.

"Our parents always talked about it," recalled Baek, 65, a registered nurse who moved to America 40 years ago. "They appreciated the [veterans'] sacrifice, their dedication to fight for our freedom." read more>>>

And also joining the Rose Bowl Parade


Concept art of the monument. Via JBMF, Inc. - The monument, which will feature a human handler and four dog breeds famous for their service work, is yet to be unveiled. We'll get a look at the real statue at the Rose Parade.

Rose Parade float represents military dog monument
Decades of service by canines will be honored as four handlers and their dogs, representing the Air Force, Army and Marines, ride the float. The memorial is slated for completion in San Antonio by October 2013.

December 28, 2012 - In a cavernous warehouse on a recent weekday, Rose Parade volunteers were busy painting and clipping flowers as they rushed to complete their float in time for New Year's Day festivities. But all activity paused when the star of the decorated stage arrived.

With a Marine corporal in tow, Lucca, a German shepherd-Malinois mix, hopped curiously toward a group of excited children. Her head dipped from the weight of her body, no longer supported by her amputated left leg.

It's been nine months since Lucca lost her paw to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. A veteran of three combat deployments, she is one of thousands of U.S. military working dogs trained to sniff out booby traps, deliver messages and track enemies. She has led more than 200 missions, with no Marine ever injured under her patrol.  read more>>>

'Freedom is Free' when a Country doesn't Sacrifice for their Wars and the Results Of!!

How does a Country HONOR It's Fallen, by Their Own 'Sacrifice' in Taking Care of the Brothers and Sisters They Served With!!

Originally posted to DKos Military Veterans on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 04:03 AM PST.

Also republished by Military Community Members of Daily Kos.

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