- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials have dedicated a plaque at the Statehouse honoring the state’s Korean War veterans - a recognition called long overdue by veterans groups.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee led the ceremony on Saturday attended by many veterans and other government officials including U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

The plaque in the Bell Room pays tribute to Rhode Island’s 39,000 veterans of the Korean War, which ran from 1950 to 1953.

The plaque had its origins in a bill passed in 1985 by the state legislature that ordered a monument honoring the state’s Korean War veterans and set aside $5,000 for construction. But it was never built.

Veterans groups earlier this year brought the situation to the attention of state lawmakers.

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