Advocate Editorial Board opinion: 60 years later, we remember their sacrifice
On July 27, 1953, hostilities ended in the Korean War. Tensions are still high on the Korean Peninsula, and the border on the 38th parallel still stands, but 60 years ago, a war that began as a "police action" and caused the death of thousands of international soldiers came to a halt.
Korea is often called the "Forgotten War" because it did not receive the same level of attention as Vietnam and other modern conflicts. According to the American Battle Monuments Commission, more than 54,000 Americans lost their lives during this war.
We are grateful to those veterans who sacrificed their safety and welfare and took part in this conflict to stop the spread of communism. Many people in today's world do not know much about this war, other than what they have seen in shows like "M.A.S.H." and in the movies. There was much more to this conflict than wisecracking field surgeons and dramatic monologues. Real men and women gave their lives and faced danger for three years.
On Saturday, a memorial service will be held in Shenandoah Park at the Korean War Veterans' Monument in Victoria to honor those who fought and died during this war. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature guest speaker Victoria County District Attorney Steve Tyler. Gary Moses will be the master of ceremonies. We encourage residents to come to this event and show their respect and appreciation for those who sacrificed everything.
The Korean War may not be America's most acknowledged conflict, but it is an important part of our history as a nation and as a participant in international politics.
Thank you to all of the veterans of the Korean War. Your service has not been forgotten.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.