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Korea Donates To National Infantry Museum

37,000 American soldiers died during the Korean War.  It's a sacrifice being honored with a donation to the National Infantry Museum.

A dynamite blast marked the early beginnings of the new National Infantry Museum.  Now, more than six months later, the site has been transformed.

"Something that we didn't anticipate when we started this project is the impact that the U.S. has had throughout the world," said Major General Jerry White, chairman of the National Infantry Foundation.

Impact that became obvious with a half a million dollar gift from the Korean government.

"The U.S. was the first country who came to the rescue of South Korea, and we never forget the sacrifice the U.S. has made for us," said Kwang Jae-Lee, the Korean Consul General for the southeast United States.

Taking in what will soon be a museum, restaurant, and IMAX theater, the Korean delegation sees history---two sets of soldiers, from two different parts of the world, fighting side-by-side.

"Half a million dollars, it's just a modest and symbolic for us," said Jae-Lee  "But I hope that we'll do much more for any kind of project, so we can teach our history for the generations to come."

With several months left until that history will come to life, Korea might not be the last country to pledge financial support.

"We fought a war not too long ago in the early nineties, and at that time, we liberated another country," said White.

The National Infantry Foundation has raised 61 million dollars for the project.  However, they do need more money.  85 million is the goal, with the museum set to open in the spring of 2008.  We're told, despite the fundraising left to do, construction is still on schedule.

 

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