VA Marks 50th Anniversary of Korean Armistice

WASHINGTON (July 7, 2003) - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J.
Principi encourages Americans to honor the 3.7 million living veterans of
the Korean War era on July 27, the 50th anniversary of the armistice that
ended the conflict, and to remember the sacrifices of all who served in the
military during the Korean War.

"These veterans are not forgotten warriors. They will be remembered
as long as people value courage, self-sacrifice and a commitment to
democracy," said Principi. "Today, 50 years after the fighting ended, we
remain indebted to them for their service to our nation."

The 50-year commemoration of the Korean War began June 25, 2000, the
anniversary of the North Korean invasion of South Korea, and officially ends
next Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Commemorative events in Washington include an evening concert July
25 by the Air Force Band at the Sylvan Theater and a celebration July 26 at
the MCI Center hosted by Ed McMahon and Randy Travis. Tickets for the MCI
Center concert are free and available by calling 1-866-567-3250.

Over five million Americans served on active-duty during the
three-year war. Thirty-four thousand lost their lives, 103,000 were wounded
and 8,000 are still listed as missing in action.

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