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National Korean War Armistice Day

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Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice

On National Korean War Armistice Day we recognize and pay tribute to the Korean War veterans.

The Korean War began June 25, 1950 with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea. On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed ending the war, now officially recognized as Armistice Day. At 10 a.m. that day, in Panmunjom, 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement were signed. The signing of the agreement marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history with 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days.
Source: U.S. Department of Defense


Department of Veterans Affairs America’s Wars Fact Sheet (November 2020)

Korean War

  • Total U.S. Servicemembers (Worldwide): 5,720,000

  • Total Serving (In Theater): 1,789,000

  • Battle Deaths: 33,739

  • Other Deaths (In Theater): 2,835

  • Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater): 17,672

  • Non-mortal Woundings: 103,284

  • Living Veterans: 1,165,000 Source: Department of Veterans Affairs


Related Resources

36 U.S.C. 127 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
123 Stat. 3675 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2009
123 Stat. 1962 - Korean War Veterans Recognition Act
100 Stat. 3226 - Korean War Memorial Act
1992 Public Papers 934 - Remarks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial
1995 Public Papers 1160 - Remarks at the Dedication Ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial

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1992 Public Papers - At the ground-breaking ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial on The Mall, June 14
1992 Public Papers - At the ground-breaking ceremony for the Korean War Veterans Memorial on The Mall, June 14

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George H.W. Bush (1992, Book I)

 2000 Public Papers - Touring the Korean War Memorial during the 50th anniversary commemoration, June 25
2000 Public Papers - Touring the Korean War Memorial during the 50th anniversary commemoration, June 25

Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (2000, Book I)

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