The Korean War, which began June 25, 1950, with the North Korean army’s invasion of South Korea, officially ended July 27, 1953 – a day now officially recognized as Armistice Day. The signing marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. At 10 a.m. that day, in Panmunjom, 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement were signed.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial located on the Mall in Washington, D.C., is one of the most inspiring War Memorials in our Nation's Capital. This Memorial, in conjunction with the WWII Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, constitute a pyramid of honor to the veterans and those who made the supreme sacrifice in those wars.
Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation
Until 2003 the Federal government observed July 27 as the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day with the President issuing a proclamation calling on the American people to honor the day with appropriate ceremonies. Offices of the United States Government, and interested organizations, groups, and individuals, were asked to fly the flag at halfstart on July 27. The congressional mandate to observe the Korean Armistice ended in 2003, however, the president has continued the tradition each year.
Today, most Americans observe the Korean Armistice on Veteran's Day. Nearly 6 million men and women from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force served in the Korean War from 1950 - 1953. In 1954, Congress amended the 1938 act that had made World War I Armistice Day a holiday, striking the word “Armistice” in favor of “Veterans.” President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation on June 1, 1954. From then on, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
The Korean War and those who served in it are recognized at the National Korean War Veterans Memorial located on the Mall in Washington, D.C. and local memorials across the country.
Image: Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial located in Washington Square Park, at the corner of Pershing and Main, in downtown Kansas City across from Union Station.
Learn more about this monument at http://mokoreanwarmemorial.org/
Visit our photo gallery for views of the August 2011 ground breaking ceremony.