Northeast Kansas
Korean War Memorial


A memorial honoring the men who died in defense of our freedoms during the Korean War, 1950 - 1953.

These men were from the northeast Kansas counties of: Atchison, Brown, Clay, Cloud, Dickinson, Doniphan,

Douglas, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Marshall, Morris, Nemaha, Osage, Ottawa,

Pottawatomie, Republic, Riley, Saline, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Washington, and Wyandotte.


If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to the memorial, contact:

The Northeast Kansas Korean War Memorial Association

c/o The Commerce Band & Trust Co.

3035 South Topeka Boulevard

Topeka, Kansas 66611


The picture above shows the memorial created by the

Northeast Kansas Korean War Memorial Association.

They have honored me beyond measure by using my poem

"It is the Soldier" on the left-side black granite tablet of the memorial.

To give the poem a broader appeal for all U.S. military forces, my

friend Charles McAtee (1st Marine Division Association) altered

the name of the poem to "Freedom's Flag" for the memorial tablet.


It Is The Soldier

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army
Copyright Charles M. Province, 1970, 2005

All rights reserved.


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