Press Release

July 27, 2001

No. 01-12 
301 585-4000
Contact: Jim Greene


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 home.”

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 Cemetery.

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.

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is 
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   


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