Proclaiming June 25, 2010, as Korean War Remembrance Day in Fairfax County




Proclaiming June 25, 2010, as Korean War Remembrance Day in Fairfax County

Madame Chairman:

It has been said the first volley to bring down the Berlin Wall was fired in Korea. On June 25, 2010 it will be 60 years since an army of North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel, touching of the Korean War. Sandwiched between the national unity of World War II and the national discord of the Vietnam War, however, Korea has largely faded from the public consciousness, rendering it the “Forgotten War.”

But neither the sacrifices made nor the hardships faced by those who served should ever be forgotten. Fairfax County is fortunate to have established a sister-jurisdiction relationship with Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea and our EDA has had an office in Seoul for a number of years. It is in these strong ties with the Republic of Korea we are reminded every day what the veterans of the Korean War fought for and preserved – a free and democratic people.

The Korean War brought together the efforts of sixteen nations and featured the first use of United Nations troops and a fully integrated U.S. armed forces. 54,200 Americans lost their lives and another 100,000 were injured in Korea during the 3 years of bitter warfare that ended on July 27, 1953.

Madame Chairman, no service to country should ever be called “forgotten.” Therefore, to commemorate the actions of Fairfax County’s Korean War Veterans and to honor their service I ask, without objection, the board proclaim June 25, 2010 as Korean War Remembrance Day in Fairfax County.

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