South Korea has been a democracy for 65 years thanks to the sacrifices of our veterans.
With North and South Korea in the news lately, we thought this tribute to our Korean War veterans was appropriate. It was first published in 2010, sixty years after the conflict ended. Now, five years later, the message is still important.
June 25, 1950 North Korea launched an unprovoked attack in South Korea. As a member of the United Nations, the US took up the call to defend South Korea. The conflict lasted three years and involved over 1.8 million Americans.
US casualties totaled almost 37,000. Freedom is never free.
Our nation’s sons and daughters answered a call
to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.
Today South Korea is a modern democracy, and a constant reminder of the sacrifices of 1.8 million men and women who fought to make it that way.