Korean War Veterans Day
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Nestled between the epic cataclysm that was World War II and the roiling controversy that was Vietnam, Korea is too often referred to as the forgotten war. The 5.7 million American men and women who served in that war each have their own memories, whether they were on the battle lines, in the air, or in support of those whose lives were at risk. The war lasted just over three years, but 70 years after the guns fell silent, Americans in uniform still maintain the peace along the 38th Parallel, the border between North and South.
70 years ago this July, the Korean War ended after great sacrifice. The Korean War involved 5.7 million Americans, with 36,000 soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice. Yet, the Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War,” has not commanded the recognition or respect that it deserves.
This year marks the 70-year anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and reminders of this significant conflict are still with us. Currently, approximately 28,000 U.S. soldiers are stationed in Korea, many patrolling the 155-mile wide demilitarized zone (DMZ) that stretches the entire width of the Korean Peninsula.
The corridor follows the Military Demarcation Line established by the 1953 Armistice Agreement between the two Koreas — which are still technically at war. Today, the DMZ is the last remaining Cold War-style frontier in the world, bristling with sensors, tank traps and automatic artillery.
It’s important that we never forget the sacrifices made by Americans during the Korean War and those who have served in Korea since the war’s end. Over approximately 1 million Korean War veterans are still living. We must help to ensure that those who served in the “Forgotten War” are no longer forgotten.
Please join us at Georgia National Cemetery as we gather to honor those Korean War Veterans that are at rest here in these hollowed grounds, and as we pay respect to those Korean War Heros who are still with us.