Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed this Sunday (July 27) to be Korean War Veterans Day in Missouri. A state statute passed in 1989 designates July 27 of each year as a day for Missourians to honor and remember those who served in Americaâ??s armed forces during the Korean War. An estimated 50,000 Korean War veterans currently live in Missouri.
Together with their allies from the Republic of Korea and the United Nations, American troops fought against North Korean and Chinese Communist troops from 1950 to 1953. An armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, ending hostilities on the Korean peninsula.
â??Last year in Seoul, I visited the memorial to honor the Americans who gave their lives during this war, and the names of more than 900 Missourians are inscribed there,â?? Gov. Nixon said. â??The South Korean people have not forgotten the sacrifice made by Americans to keep their country free, and we should never forget their service on behalf of liberty. I encourage Missourians to particularly show their thanks and respect to our Korean War veterans on this day set aside to give them special honor.â??