VVA PRAISES KOREAN WAR VETERANS ON 51ST
ANNIVERSARY OF WAR’S END
Vietnam Veterans of America President George C. Duggins
today praised the sacrifices made by Korean War veterans while VVA
officials—in observance of the organization’s founding principle, “Never
again will one generation of veterans abandon another”—laid a wreath at
the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
“Our fellow Vietnam War veterans understand, more than
most, the hardships suffered by those veterans of a war that claimed over
33,000 Americans in 38 months of fighting,” Duggins said.
“The men and women who served our nation in Korea
deserve our respect for their selfless service to duty and country,” he
continued. “Like Vietnam veterans, the Korean War veterans fought an
unpopular war and often were treated with indifference when they returned
That war, however, enabled South Korea to grow and
prosper as a democratic nation.
Today’s ceremonies were held by the Korean War Veterans
Association and included the placing of flowers on the Korean War Veterans
Memorial Bench by individual veterans and their families, and a full honors
wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National
The White House paid tribute to the Korean War veterans
by issuing a proclamation, signed by the President, proclaiming July 27 as
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.
It was that date in 1953 that the war ended in Korea.