'Heroes Remembered': Defense Department to mark the 59th anniversary
of Korean armistice
seeks Korean War veterans from around the country to gather in
Arlington, Va., and celebrate the 59th anniversary of the signing of
the Korean armistice
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[April 20, 2012]
ARLINGTON, Va. -- This week the
Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
Commemoration Committee announced its efforts to reach out to Korean
War veterans and their families across the country and encourage
them to join a commemorative program celebrating the 59th
anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement.
The program, titled "Heroes Remembered," is open to the public and
will take place on July 27 at 9 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery.
Featuring a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery's
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the program includes official remarks
in the cemetery's amphitheatre with high-ranking Defense Department
officials and other senior government representatives. The event
also includes additional special activities for Korean War veterans
and their families.
"Our committee seeks to educate the American
people on Korean War veterans' stories and strives to make their
sacrifices known to the next generation of Americans," said Col.
David J. Clark, executive director of the committee. "Their fight
for the freedom and prosperity we enjoy today must be, and will be,
The Korean War was the first test of the United Nations' resolve
to stand against tyranny. Twenty-one nations banded together with
the United States and the Republic of Korea in a remarkable display
of solidarity to turn back North Korea's naked aggression and stem
the tide of communism on the Korean peninsula. The armistice, signed
on July 27, 1953, remains in effect today and highlights the need to
remain vigilant against the forces of tyranny and oppression in
Korea and around the globe.
Korean War veterans fought to halt the tide of communism that
threatened to sweep over the Korean peninsula. Today, the Republic
of Korea stands as a modern, prosperous, vibrant democracy because
of the courage and selfless sacrifice of veterans.
Korean War veterans, family members and friends interested in
attending the event can RSPV at
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About the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean
War Commemoration Committee:
The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War
Commemoration Committee, authorized in the 2011 Defense
Authorization Bill, is dedicated to thanking and honoring all the
veterans of the Korean War, their families and especially those who
lost loved ones in that war. Through 2013, the committee will honor
the service and sacrifice of Korean War veterans, commemorate the
key events of the war, and educate Americans of all ages about the
historical significance of the Korean War. For more information,
http://koreanwar.defense.gov/ or contact
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[Text from file received from the
Department of Defense 60th Anniversary
of the Korean War Commemoration Committee]