Ceremony to Observe Start of Longest War

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Branson-A public ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of America’s longest continuing war will be held June 25 by the local Harry S. Truman Chapter 135 of the Korean War Veterans Association. The hour-long program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Korean War Monument in Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery on State Highway 76 East.

At 4 a.m. on June 25, 1950, seven North Korean reinforced infantry divisions and supporting troops stormed into the lightly defended Republic of Korea. In the next 37 months and two days, 54,246 Americans, 59,000 ROK troops, 3,100 troops from 20 other United Nations countries and an estimated 15 million troops from North Korea and China died.

Although a cease-fire was reached on July 27, 1953, no truce has ever been signed between the UN and Communist forces, said Joe Bryant, president of the Branson-Hollister KWVA chapter. The chapter has conducted an annual commemorative service each year since its organization in 1996.

The program this June will include presentation of the Colors by the Forsyth High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC color guard; placement of a memorial wreath, National Anthem sung by recording artist Jana King Evans, and Korean dancers in native costume. The Rev. Young K. Yoon, senior pastor of the Springfield Korean Presbyterian Church will pronounce the invocation and benediction.

Navy veteran an recent College of the Ozarks graduate Luke Barnett of Forsyth will reflect upon the importance of our history to today’s generation. KWVA members, area leaders and members of the area’s Korean-American community will have brief remarks. The program will close with firing of three volleys and sound of Taps by the Truman Chapter honor guard.

For more information:

Joe Bryant, President
Harry S. Truman Chapter 135
P.O. Box 1397
Hollister, MO 65673

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