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Remembering Korean war vets

First photo: Korean War Veterans Association Maui No Ka Oi Chapter member and U.S. Coast Guard veteran Robert “Sam” Favella salutes after lighting a candle during Tuesday evening’s annual candlelight ceremony to remember Maui County veterans killed and missing in action in Korea. The somber event marked the end of the Korean War on July 27, 1953. “It’s important because once the vets are gone, who’s going to remember them?” Favella asked. Guest speaker South Korean Deputy Consul Gen. Seung Buhm Lee said the sacrifices made by American soldiers to defeat communism are still strongly remembered. “Your sacrifices are not forgotten at all in Korea,’ he said. “Your sacrifices will be remembered by the next generation in Korea.”

Second photo: Thomas Kunishige (right) and Richard Ouchi prepare to distribute candles for Tuesday’s ceremony.

Third photo: Members of the Korean War Veterans Association Maui No Ka Oi Chapter fire a volley during Tuesday’s 21-gun salute.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos