NORTH ANDOVER — It’s often called the Forgotten War.
When the communist forces of North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the United Nations sent thousands of troops to defend that country. Most of those troops were Americans and an estimated 350 came from North Andover.
America’s toll from the Korean War was 33,651 battle deaths and 3,262 other deaths, according to the Pentagon.
North Andover’s Veterans Day observance will honor all of the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States, but those who served during the Korean War will receive special honor and recognition, according to Ted Tripp, chairman of the Patriotic Observance Committee.
The Board of Selectmen recently voted to dedicate the local commemoration of Veterans Day to Ensign Robert Ernest Wainwright, who was lost along with 20 other sailors when the minesweeper on which they were serving, the USS Magpie, hit a floating mine off Chuksan on Oct. 1, 1950; and the other North Andover residents who served during the Korean War.
The parade will form at First and Main streets at 9:45 a.m. Monday. It will step off at 10:15 and march to Patriots Memorial Park, near the Stevens Memorial Library, for the memorial service.
The parade will then reform and march along Main Street to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2104 on Park Street, where the flag will be raised and all departed veterans will be saluted.
Should the weather interfere, the ceremony will be held in the North Andover Middle School auditorium at 10:30.
The marchers are expected to include Girl and Boy scouts, members of the American Legion and VFW Post 2104, police and firefighters and town officials.
The following Veterans Day related events will be held elsewhere in the region:
Andover will observe Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, with three brief ceremonies across town followed by a luncheon.