National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day is Thursday, July 27, 2017
Remembering what’s forgotten: Korean War Veterans
The Korean War is also known as the Forgotten War because its place in history is preceded by the horrors of the Second World War and followed by the public outrage at the handling of the conflict in Vietnam. However, the war in the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953 is most deserving of our remembrance.
In 1948, as a result of alliances, attitudes, and a Cold War forged by the end of the World War II, Korea had been divided into two separate governments. On June 25th, 1950, North Korean forces marched on the strength of their Russian and Chinese allies across the infamous 38th parallel into South Korea. This marked their attempt to absorb South Korea into communist North Korea to create one unified Korea, and the start of the Korean War.
The world was quick to react and the United Nations authorized a 21-nation response to the communist military advance, with the United States providing 88% of the U.N.’s often-outnumbered military personnel.
Though things looked grim at the outset, three years of fighting in every type of war arena resulted in an armistice and the creation of a demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea at the 38th parallel. The fighting ended on July 27th, 1953 when the armistice was signed.
No governments or land changed hands. No treaty was ever signed. The two governments consider themselves to be at war, even today.
Consideration of the aftermath of war.
At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, — West potomac Park, Washington D.C. — near the Pool of Remembrance, inscriptions on granite blocks lay out the most influential thoughts and information about the Korean War:
“Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”
- Dead — United States: 54,246, United Nations: 628,833
- Wounded — United States: 103,284, United Nations: 1,064,453.
- Captured — United States: 7,140, United Nations: 92,970.
- Missing — United States: 8,177, United Nations: 470,267.
"Freedom Is Not Free."
A salute to the veterans.
On this National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we gratefully salute the brave men and women whose courage and tenacity helped to preserve a thin slice of liberty in the world at large. We are also reminded of the message inherent in our own American flag; freedom is a fragile institution that must be nurtured with great vigilance.
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