June 25 marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The Pentagon, along with Korean War veterans and families, commemorated the occasion with an opening ceremony and reception in the Pentagon courtyard this morning.
Guest speakers included Han Duk-soo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Joseph W. Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, who hosted the event. Other guests included senior Defense Department dignitaries, members of Congress and representatives of the Allied Nations.
“The Korea and U.S. alliance – an alliance forged in blood – is still strong and valued by both sides today. This is why we call the Korean War a true victory,” Duk-soo told the crowd of service members and veterans. “You won freedom, democracy and prosperity for our nation. That is what you fought for, and that is what the republic of Korea stands for now – not just for itself, but around the world.”
“Today we honor you and the 36,000 of your brothers in arms who gave their lives so that Korea could be free,” he added. “For that, the Korean people are eternally grateful to you and all of them.”
Korean War veterans, families and service members salute the colors during the playing of the National Anthem at the Korean War 60th Anniversary Opening Ceremony at the Pentagon Courtyard, June 24, 2010.
Korean War veterans and their families listen as Joseph W. Westphal, Under Secretary of the Army, gives welcome remarks at the Korean War 60th Anniversary Opening Ceremony at the Pentagon Courtyard, June 24, 2010.
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