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The 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Solemnly Held in Colorado Springs

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The 27th Anniversary of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Echoes in Our Heart

 Last Saturday on July 22nd, the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the 27th anniversary of the dedication of the Korean War Veterans Memorial were solemnly held in front of the Colorado Spring’s Memorial Park. This event is very meaningful in honor of the commemorative ceremony of the Korean War Armistice Agreement and the Korean War United Nations Veterans Day, which is set for July 27th every year.

Although the number of veterans is decreasing as the years go by, many local organizations and community leaders, including the UN Heritage for Korean War and The National Unification Advisory Council participated in this honorary event. This annual event held in Colorado Springs is not only meaningful for the Korean community but also for the Korean War veterans who reside in the Colorado Springs area.

Also known as the ‘Forgotten War,’ the Korean War monument honors more than 23,000 service members killed in brutal three-year war that has never officially ended. Since the end of the war in 1953, the White House has estimated that the bodies of roughly 7,500 American soldiers are still missing. Young Americans who participated in the Korean War shed countless blood and sweat and with their noble sacrifices, the Republic of Korea has achieved miraculous economic and social development and is now completely reborn.

In addition to expressing gratitude for the sacrifice and contribution of 1.95 million veterans from the United Nation’s 22 countries, the Korean War UN Veterans Day was designated as a national anniversary from 2013 to strengthen friendly cooperation with the U.S. and redefine the righteous historical awareness of the allies.

The ceremony began with the entry of the two countries’ flags by the Widefield High School students. The event, which was held in a solemn atmosphere, was attended by many, with the quietly ringing national anthem and veterans paying silent tribute to the monument. Hyun-chul Kang, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea from Sanfrancisco also made a special visit to the event. Wreaths were presented in front of the Korean War Monument in honor of those who served in the war, those killed in action, and those who remain missing in action. 

James McGibney, the former honorary consulate to the Republic of Korea in Denver and also the president of the Dutch Nelson Chapter kindly introduced the participants and thanked the veterans and many citizens who came to the event. Next, the Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Sylvain Fabi, delivered a speech. “Like all of you gathered here, Canada cannot forget the Forgotten War. Canada, like the United States, responded to the United Nations’ call to fight for justice. From 1950 to 1953, Canada saw more than 26,000 soldiers deployed to fight for peace and freedom in Korea,” he said. His speech echoed in many people’s heart at the event as they shared similar feelings for their lost ones. 

Last but not least, Michael Thomason from the Korean War Veterans Association stated during the interview with Colorado Times, “I am truly grateful for the Korean Association in Southern Colorado and many other Korean community leaders for sponsoring and participating in this event every year.” He said this year alone, six more veterans have died and only 16 people are currently alive. After the ceremony, veterans shared their war-time stories and some of them even sang the military songs with student honor guards.

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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