General Consul Shin to speak at ceremony marking 60th anniversary of Korean War’s end
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: July 24, 2013
It’s hard to believe that military action that left the United States with 33,686 battle deaths, 2,830 non-battle deaths and 8,176 missing in action would be known as the Forgotten War.
But that is how people refer to the Korean War, which left more than 1.2 million dead on both sides of the battlefield in just three years, from June 1950 to July 27, 1953 when the war ended. More than 103,000 Americans were injured in the war that is believed to have left more than one million civilians dead.
On Saturday, July 27, the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter #56 of Ventura County will be hosting a ceremony in honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, including guest speaker the Honorable Yeon-Sung Shin, Consul General of the Republic of Korea. The public is invited to the ceremony, which a will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 970 E. Ventura Street.
The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the posting of the flags and the Pledge of Allegiance led by KWVA-VC Chapter #56 Post Commander David Lopez. The national anthems of the United States and South Korea will be played before the morning prayer offered by David Pressey, a Korean War veteran.
After the address by the Hon. Yeon-Sung Shin, Commander Jerry Olivas of the Mercer-Prieto VFW Post #2043 will read the list of those Santa Paulans who lost their lives on Korean War battlefields. Steve Cho will place the first commemorative wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on behalf of the local chapter and Korean War Veterans Association. Members of the public are also welcome to place wreaths.
A highlight of the annual KWVA-VC Chapter #56 is the Flag Folding ceremony, a demonstration that explains each step and its meaning. After the KWVA-VC Chapter #56 introduction and closing prayer there will be a 21-gun salute. Bugler Rudy Arellano will play “Taps” to conclude the ceremony.
The Korean War Veterans will be hosting a BBQ at Steckel Park starting at noon in areas 2 & 3. Tickets, only $15 per person, will be available at the park for the event, which promises plenty of delicious food, live musical entertainment and good friends. Please make checks payable to K.W.V.A. Chapter #56. Any questions, please call Commander David Lopez at (310) 323-8481.
The Korean War was a conflict between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union. It was primarily the result of the political division of Korea by an agreement of the victorious Allies at the conclusion of the Pacific War at the end of World War II.
The Korean Peninsula was ruled by the Empire of Japan from 1910 until the end of World War II. Following the surrender of the Empire of Japan in September 1945, American administrators divided the peninsula along the 38th parallel, with U.S. military forces occupying the southern half and Soviet military forces occupying the northern half.
Although on July 27, 1953 the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Chinese People’s Volunteers and the UN signed an armistice agreement, ending the fighting, there has never been a peace treaty, so the Korean War has technically never ended.