U.S. Forces in Korea Gear Up for Anniversary
Miles, Donna, Soldiers Magazine
U.S. Forces Korea is gearing up for a full range of activities that began this summer commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and the strong U.S.South Korea alliance that continues to maintain stability on the Korean peninsula.
South Korea is taking the lead in the anniversary events, which kicked off with a ceremony at Seoul's Jamsil Olympic Stadium, June 25, the day North Korean forces invaded at 4 a.m. in 1950.
Other key events will include Sept. 3 ceremonies in Da Bu Dong commemorating the Battle of Pusan Perimeter, in which the 25th Infantry Division's 27th Infantry Regiment fought in August and September 1950.
About 100 U.S. Marines, along with their counterparts from South Korea, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, will reenact the Inchon landing, Sept. 15.
Ceremonies in Seoul on Sept. 28 will mark the anniversary of the city's liberation in 1950.
Plans also call for a military festival, Oct. 1-5, at South Korea's military headquarters near Deajeon; an Air Operations Day observance, Oct. 15 and 16, at Kangnung Air Base, home of the South Korean air force's 18th Wing; and Nov. 10 ceremonies at the War Memorial in Seoul commemorating the Northern Campaigns.
Additional commemorations are slated in the United States, to be funded by the South Korean government.
"The Republic of Korea government is really working hard to make this a great set of events," Gen. Walter "Skip" Sharp, commander of U.S. Force Korea, Combined Forces Korea and United Nations Command, said during an April interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.
While highlighting key events of the Korean War, the commemoration will recognize the Korean War veterans who sacrificed to protect South Korea from aggression, Sharp said.
Hundreds of Korean War veterans are expected to return to Korea for the ceremonies, many of them through the South Korean-run and--funded Korea Revisit Program. Sharp noted that for many, the visit will be their first since they left a poor, war-torn country that has developed over the last six decades to become one of the world's most prosperous and technologically advanced nations. …