July 27, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marks the signing of the Armistice Agreement on that same day in 1953. Signed in Panmunjom, a border village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea, the Armistice brought a cease-fire to a 'police-action' that was never declared a war. However, the conflict cost the lives of over 36,000 American troops, wounded over 100,000, and saw thousands suffer as prisoners of war.
Today monuments across the nation recognize the valiant service of the men and women who served in this 'Forgotten War.' In addition to a national memorial in Washington, D.C., the metro area honors Korean War veterans with memorials in Overland Park and Kansas City.
~ Korean War Memorial (Overland Park)
11902 Lowell Ave
Overland Park, KS 66213
~ The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial
W. Pershing Road and Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
~ Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
(Image credits: upper left, Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division; upper right, WindingRiver.com archive; bottom, City of Overland Park, Kansas, https://www.opkansas.org/…/20…/06/korean-memorial-retina.jpg)