WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Jul 18, 2013) - On July 27, the Department of Defense (DOD) 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Committee plans to honor veterans of the Korean War with a national tribute, "Heroes Remembered," (www.koreanwar60.com) on the 60th Anniversary of the Armistice Signing which ended three years of brutal fighting on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's invasion of the Republic of Korea in June 1950.
"When the north invaded the south in June of 1950, the liberty and freedom of an entire nation was at stake," said Colonel David J. Clark, Director of the Committee. "The United States and UN Allies rushed to Korea to turn back the invasion. When the war ended and peace was restored, the cost in lives was terrible. But because of these sacrifices, 43 million people live in peace and prosperity today."
Senior military officials -- including Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel -- South Korean leaders and thousands of veterans from all branches of the military will participate in the ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will include special tributes to veterans, wreath laying ceremonies, and recognition of UN Allies who provided combat troops and medical teams. The event will be open to the public and will be televised live on the Pentagon Channel.
More than 2.4 million American soldiers served and sacrificed for this "Forgotten Victory," in which over 33,000 U.S. soldiers died, 100,000 were wounded, and over 7,000 are still considered missing in action. The average age of a Korean War Veteran is 81 years and each has a compelling story to share. You can listen to veteran Solomon Jamerson's story here: https://vimeo.com/47598036
"I participated in the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon Landing and Chosin Reservoir battles," said Marine Corps Colonel (Ret.) Warren Weidhahn. "What people need to remember is that the Korean War was the beginning of the end of communism and without the sacrifices of the men and women who fought and died in Korea, communism might have spread throughout Asia. The Korean War is the forgotten victory against communism."
To schedule an interview with a military leader or veteran to discuss the July 27 "Heroes Remembered" ceremonial event and the historical significance of the Korean War, please contact Jeni Birnbaum at Jenib@zpr.com or 240-395-0225 ext. 112.