LODA — A special tribute to Korean War veterans will be part of this weekend's annual Loda Good Ole Days Celebration.
The Korean War dedication will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, immediately after the celebration's parade. During the dedication, about 20 local Korean War veterans will receive honorary congressional certificates from U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson's office.
Although only a limited number of certificates will be distributed, any veteran of the Korean War living in or around Buckley, Cissna Park, Loda, Paxton and other area towns is invited to attend.
Also at the dedication will be a moment of silence and the reading of the honor roll for all Korean War veterans from the Loda area who have died.
Loda American Legion Commander Ron Dudley said it is important to honor Korean War veterans while they are still alive.
"Korean War vets are dying off," Dudley said. "It's like World War II. We just lost one two weeks ago."
Last year's celebration honored surviving World War II veterans. Next year's will honor surviving Vietnam War veterans.
"Then we'll honor the ones who served after the Vietnam War," such as in Iraq or Afghanistan, Dudley said.
Co-sponsored by the Loda Lions Club and Loda American Legion post, Loda Good Ole Days is scheduled for Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, at the village park in Loda.