Biking back from a trip to the dentist this morning, I did a double take passing the usually nondescript orange cinderblock wall of the auto repair shop on the south side of Melrose about a half-block west of Wilton Place. In front of it was a colorfully decorated extensive panel of photographs having to do with the Korean War. Here, see for yourself (click to majestify):
So of course, I stopped to check it out and met the proud and jovial gentleman in the picture who is the exhibit’s curator, Andrew Lo. Lo, 81, told me he mounted the display in remembrance of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Korean War, which began June 25, 1950. Lo, who is a Korean/English language instructor for the L.A. Unified School District served as a lieutenant in the South Korean Army during what’s long been colloquially referred to as the “forgotten war.”
It’s not forgotten to Lo, and so that others may learn about it, he spent more than two years acquiring the amazing collection of historic images, and they’ll be on display there for the next two weeks between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.