Korean War Veterans Memorial to move to more public location in Perth
Plans are underway to move a war memorial hidden behind a locked gate to a more accessible downtown location.
The Korean War Memorial sits in a garden just off the Old High Street in Perth.
But the Perth Veterans Association is looking to move the memorial to the North Inch.
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following border clashes. It ends in July 1953. Nearly 60,000 British soldiers are deployed and 1,100 British soldiers are killed in the conflict.
Perth City Center Conservative councilor Chris Ahern is president of the Perth Veterans Association.
The Korean War Memorial is currently attached to a wall in the garden of the New Row building which Perth Autism Support recently took over from VisionPK.
However, the garden is only accessible through a gate which requires a key to open.
The plan is to move the memorial to a more prominent position alongside the existing war memorials on the North Inch.
Cllr Ahern said: ‘Perth and Kinross Council are still working on how to attach the plates to the wall which is part of the flood defence.
“It is not forgotten. There is a future for that.
“We will have proper service and dedication once it is in place.”
Angie Ferguson, managing director of Perth Autism Support, said: “The Korean War Memorial has sat in the New Row garden for several years and we were aware of this when we moved into the property. When we moved in, the Perth Veterans Association informed us that they wanted to move the memorial to make it more accessible to the public, which we fully support. The memorial is still accessible to anyone who wishes to pay their respects and again we are fully in favor of this.
“The memorial has no impact on the use of the garden for our young people, and we are in no rush to have it moved from the site, but we would support the Perth Veterans Association in their decision to allow this to be more accessible. and visible to our wider community.