Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Honors Our Veterans - November 11Korean War Vetern, Howard Osterkamp

The immeasurable debt we owe to our veterans is remembered yearly on November 11. To mark the occasion, Korean War veteran Howard Osterkamp will present the keynote remarks for the 57th Annual Veteran's Day Commemoration at 10:45 am on Friday, November 11 at the Main Library Atrium.

Howard Osterkamp spent nine straight months on the front lines near the 38th parallel in the Heartbreak Ridge and Punchbowl areas. Not only was his 5th Regimental Combat Team under constant attack, but it was also contending with temperatures reaching more than 100 degrees in the summer and as low as 40 degrees below zero in winter. He was wounded in the leg by shrapnel in September 1952. Although his leg was broken in two places, doctors misdiagnosed the injury as a bruise and sent him back to the front lines the same day, where he spent the next four months.

The program will also feature patriotic music performed by the Walnut Hills High School Choir, a color guard, presentation of memorial wreaths by veterans' groups, lighting the Flame of Remembrance, and Taps. All are invited to attend this free program honoring our nation’s veterans.