Utah Veterans Recognized for Cold War Efforts

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Utah’s Cold War veterans salute during a victory medal ceremony at the Golden Hours Senior Center in Ogden on Wednesday. (Town of Ogden)

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OGDEN – Decades after their military service, a handful of Ogden veterans have been praised for their sacrifice.

On Wednesday, 10 veterans received their Utah Cold War Victory Medals in a ceremony at the Golden Hours Senior Center in Ogden. The medal is recognition for those who served in the military during the Cold War, according to a press release from Ogden.

Those honored Wednesday served between 1945 and 1991, spending time at Minuteman ballistic missile sites or in other countries such as Vietnam, Germany and Korea. Larry Kerr, an Air Force veteran who served for 20 years in the Vietnam War and in Korea, presented the medals.

“We feel privileged to be able to host this incredible pinning ceremony for our honorable veterans,” said Ginger Meyers, Ogden Recreation Supervisor, in a press release.

Prior to a bill in 2017, Cold War veterans did not have a service medal available because the ordeal was an undeclared confrontation. Since then, funding for the medals has relied on donations to the Utah Cold War Veterans Foundation, which has since funded the service medals.

In 2018, 100 Utah Cold War Veterans received the Service Medal in a ceremony at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home. About 100,000 Utahns served in the armed forces during the Cold War, according to previous reports from KSL.com.

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