Keon Lee and his son Andrew wanted to do something to honor the memories of Korean War Veterans in the area. So they set out to mix together nearly 50-year-old memories with modern technology.
The Lees have been interviewing local veterans since July, recording their stories and layering them over photographs submitted by the veterans.
“Our profound goal is to cherish the memories of our local Korean veterans,” Lee said. “We wanted to use both their images and their voices.”
So far close to 40 veterans have responded and the Lees hope to get many, many more.
“We want them to share their images. Or if they are no longer living their families can share,” Lee said. “We’d like to reach as many people as possible.”
The interviews and photographs will be compiled onto a DVD and the documentary will be given to each participant. A copy will also be placed a the Rome Floyd County Public Library and on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. the film will be presented to the veterans and their families at the American Legion Post 5 on Shorter Avenue.
Jim Mehaffey is among the vets who have been interviewed.
The Floyd County native spent an entire year in Korea in 1952 during his time in the army.
“As a veteran I was asked to participate and I was certainly honored to do it,” Mehaffey said.
During his time in Korea Mehaffey was a member of a wire crew that kept open the lines of communication among soldiers.
“They (enemy soldiers) could jam a radio signal, but they couldn’t jam a wire,” Mehaffey said.
He said he was eager to hear other stories from local soldiers.
“I really think this is a great thing,” he said.
Mehaffey shared several photos of his time in Korea with the Lees.
Each DVD is free to those who participated and the Lees are not profiting from the film.
“We’re not rich, we can’t build a monument, but we can do this,” Lee said.
Lee is president of the Korean Association of Rome and Northwest Georgia and came to the U.S. 43 years ago when he was 12-years-old.
The duo will continue compiling the film this month and hope that veterans living in Rome and the surrounding counties will participate.
Veterans wishing to be a part of the film can contact either Andrew Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Keon Lee at email@example.com to send information. Or can reach the Lees at their business, Micro Plus on Redmond Circle, by calling 706-235-7843.