Several members of Congress held a ceremony today at the Capitol to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War; participants included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other members of Congress.
The 11 a.m. ceremony honored the sacrifices of American servicemembers who courageously fought to defend freedom and safeguard peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops crossed the 38th parallel and attacked the Republic of Korea. Two days later, President Harry Truman ordered U.S. forces to help South Korea. By the time a ceasefire was signed on July 27, 1963, American losses were 36,516 dead (including 2,830 non-combat deaths), 92,134 wounded, 8,176 missing in action, and 7,245 prisoners of war.
Korean War commemoration events around the country:
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is unveiling its renovated Korean War exhibit area today, and will host a free public Freedom's Call Military Tattoo featuring music, fireworks and flyovers on the grounds of the museum and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on June 25. A public memorial ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. June 26 at the Korean War Memorial in downtown Dayton.
A planned 2010 groundbreaking for the Korean War National Museum in Springfield, Ill., was postponed due to the economic downturn and the museum's continuing financial problems. However, the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center, a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit, opened in downtown Springfield in 2009. Its displays and informational panels will eventually become part of the permanent facility.
The Harry S. Truman Library & Museum in Independence, Mo., is holding a "Memories of Korea" exhibit running from March through December.
The Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet of Korea embarked this month on a 16-nation tour to honor the countries that sent troops to South Korea. Tour cities in the United States include Washington, Fort Benning, Ga., and Atlanta.