Ambassador’s ‘one-off’ wreath at Witchcraig

Korean War Memorial wreath laying ceremony
Korean War Memorial wreath laying ceremony

More than 100 veterans from the ‘‘Forgotten War’’ rallied on Sunday to give thanks and to remember old comrades.

The occasion was the laying of a wreath by South Korean Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Sungnam Lin, at the Korean War Memorial at Witchcraig near Torphichen on Sunday morning.

Re-built in 2013 and re-dedicated, the memorial is carved in traditional Korean style and it brought back many memories to the old soldiers.

Its’ construction marked the 60th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Korean conflict.

With the disbandment of the Scottish Korean War Veterans’ Association, the memorial is now in the care of West Lothian Council and the Royal British Legion. Five trustees have been appointed to administer the maintenance and general upkeep of the imposing memorial.

Following the wreath-laying, the Ambassador hosted a reception and lunch for the veterans at the Houston House Hotel in Uphall where he presented each man with an Ambassador for Peace medal.

Adam McKenzie (88), one of the old soldiers who helped organise Sunday’s event, told the Journal and Gazette: ‘‘I was very pleased around 120 veterans of the Korean War were able to attend a dignified and moving occasion.

‘‘It was a genuine one-off. It has never happened before and will never happen again.

Councillor John McGinty, leader of West Lothian Council, said: ‘‘It is a fantastic memorial befitting those who served in the Korean War.

‘‘It was a pleasure to meet the Ambassador and an honour to welcome him to West Lothian.’’

He added: ‘‘It was a very proud day for the Trust, the veterans and their families.’’