06.17.10

Sen. Burr Honors 60th Anniversary of Korean War

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Richard Burr recognized the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War and honored veterans with a joint resolution that passed the Senate unanimously last night.

The resolution marks the 60th anniversary of June 25, 1950, when communist troops from North Korea crossed the 38th parallel to invade South Korea, killing thousands of civilians and forcing others to seek refuge elsewhere. Over the course of the next three years, almost 1.8 million Americans were deployed to the Pacific and more than 54,000 American servicemen and servicewomen gave their lives.

"Despite being called the 'Forgotten War,' the Korean War holds deep historical and strategic significance to our country and to many families," Senator Burr said today. "I am pleased the Senate has approved this Joint Resolution, to not only commemorate the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War and properly honor those Americans who served proudly in that conflict, but also to recognize the continued resilience and vibrancy of the alliance between our two nations."

The resolution declares that Congress:

(1) recognizes the historical importance of the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the

Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950;

(2) honors the noble service and sacrifice of the United States Armed Forces and the armed forces of allied countries that served in Korea since 1950 to the present;

(3) encourages all Americans to participate in commemorative activities to pay solemn tribute to, and to never forget, the veterans of the Korean War;

(4) and reaffirms the commitment of the United States to its alliance with the Republic of Korea for the betterment of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

Senator Burr sponsored the resolution. Senators Mark Begich (D-AL), Scott Brown (R-MA), Richard Lugar (R-IN) and John Kerry (D-MA) join him as co-sponsors.