Friday, July 27, 2018, is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day—a day to recognize the heroes who served, and the more than 36,000 American soldiers killed in action during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.
The "Forgotten" War
The Korean war began on June 25, 1950, when North Korea, backed by the Soviet Union, invaded South Korea. Shortly thereafter, American troops arrived, and alongside 15 allies they pushed back on the North Koreans in an effort to defend the Korean Peninsula against the spread of Communism. The Korean War is often referred to as the “Forgotten War” because of its occurrence between World War II and the Vietnam War, however the Korean War is widely regarded as the first major conflict of the Cold War, and an important reminder of the values that continue to live in the heart of our great nation—defending freedom and democracy against tyranny and oppression.
Korean War Armistice Day is a recognition of the day in history, July 27, 1953, when President Eisenhower, China, and the United Nations secured peace on the Korean Peninsula by signing an armistice suspending all hostilities. Today, we remember those war veterans, prisoners of war, and those killed in action through ceremony, by flying the flag at half-staff and continuing to share the stories that shaped our history. It is also appropriate to fly the POW/MIA flag on this day to recognize those prisoners of war, both missing and returnees.
If you choose to fly your POW/MIA flag or Korean War Veterans Flag on Korean War Veterans Day 2018, remember to display your flags below the U.S. flag on the same flagstaff. When displaying your flags on three separate poles of the same height, place your POW/MIA and Korean War Veterans Flags to the right of the U.S. flag, as the U.S. flag should always appear to the left of other flags from the most-viewed angle. When displaying your flags on flagpoles of differing heights, be sure to display your U.S. flag on the tallest flagpole in the center of the display, with the POW/MIA flag to the left of the U.S. flag.
Honoring War Veterans Year-Round
To this day, our nation still feels the effects of the “Forgotten War”—from the grave threats of North Korea’s ballistic and nuclear weapons programs to the adoptive Korean families who have assimilated, struggled with their identities, and begun to raise the next generation of Americans. Let us, in the words of President Eisenhower, always remember, “We have gained a truce in Korea. We do not greet it with wild rejoicing. We know how dear its cost has been in life and treasure.”
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