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
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
Department of Veterans Affairs America’s Wars Fact Sheet (November 2020)
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
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
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George H.W. Bush (1992, Book I)
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (2000, Book I)
- National Archives: Korean War Records
- Browse the U.S. Government Publishing Office online bookstore’s collection of
Korean War publications.
- Check out the Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project
to view collections of firsthand interviews and
narratives of U.S. military veterans from World War I through the present.
- The United States Enters the Korean Conflict – Teaching activities with documents lesson plan
- Plan your trip to the National Park Service's Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The memorial was dedicated in
1995, and its Wall of Remembrance and 19 stainless steel statues commemorate the sacrifices
of the millions of Americans and allied partners who fought during the Korean War.
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