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The 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement

On Saturday, July 27, President Barack Obama will speak at a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, held at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., with official remarks beginning around 10:30 a.m.

 

For the 60 year commemoration of the Korean War, we look forward to a successful event as the Korean and American communities honor veterans and their families. 

 

An RSVP is not required and there will be free parking available at the Pentagon's North Parking Lot. Shuttle bus service will be provided to the Korean War Memorial from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m, as well as after the program ends. Admittance will be restricted after 8:45 a.m., so early arrival is recommended. Guests will receive souvenirs provided by the government of the Republic of Korea. 


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July 27 is a significant day that marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement. Sixty years ago, by the time of the signing of the armistice, a total of 21 countries including the United States had joined the fight to repel the invasion of communism. A 60th anniversary in Korean is also known as hwangap, traditionally representing a complete cycle and new beginning in one's life.


The Korean War was once known as the Forgotten War, however it should perhaps be considered the Forgotten Victory.  Although we had won the war, we did not realize the victory. This is meaningful because Korea achieved the Miracle of Han River -- simultaneous achievement of economic development and democracy.


Now that the Republic of Korea has transformed from an aid recipient to a donor, a new meaning of the Korean War should be shared. Korea is especially appreciative and proud of the nations and veterans who fought for freedom.


The Embassy of the Republic of Korea


 ※ Event Advisory:


   - An RSVP is not required but guests bring ID.

   - After 8:45 a.m., admittance will be restricted so please try to arrive as early as possible.

   - Please extend this invitation to your friends and families.

 


Main Event Program (tentative)


Saturday, July 27, 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Korean War Veterans Memorial


Event Schedule


7:30 - 9:40 a.m. | Pre-show Event

Korean War video clips, Korean traditional cultural performances, U.S. Marine Corps band performance, performance by the Little Angels


9:40 a.m. | Floral Tribute, Special Events

Veterans' Floral Tribute, medals presented by POSCO, Army chorus, ‘Thank you, America’ video clip


10:00 a.m. | Floral Tribute by Official Representatives


10:10 a.m. | Salute and Requiem Performance


10:20 a.m. | Official Representative enter / Pledge of Allegiance / Benedictions


10:30 - 11:25 a.m. | Remarks and Performance


- United States Secretary of Department of Interior

- United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs 

- Commemorative address by the Presidential Envoy

- Korean traditional music performance

- United States Joint Chiefs of Staff

- United States Secretary of Defense 

- President of the United States 


11:29 a.m. | Prayer / Military band performance