WASHINGTON – In remembrance of the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Signing, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a message paying tribute to the veterans of the Korean War, thanking them for their efforts that helped forge an enduring partnership with the Republic of Korea.
Here is his message:
“I am honored to join President Obama and the Korean delegation this weekend at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.
“Korean War veterans stepped forward to serve at a defining time in our
history, and they deserve our thanks. They liberated millions of people
from tyranny and helped forge a strong and lasting partnership with the
Republic of Korea – one that has endured for more than six decades because
of our shared values and shared sacrifice.
“In remembering the end of the Korean War, we also commemorate the beginning
of a new era in the history of the region – a period of unprecedented
growth, security, and prosperity.
“The United States remains committed to ensuring peace and stability on the
Korean Peninsula. More than 28,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and
Marines serve in Korea today, and just as Korean War veterans held the line
from Pusan to Panmunjom, so too do these current-day defenders stand ready
to help guard freedom as well as promote peace and prosperity on the Korean
Peninsula and throughout East Asia.”