A wreath layings and opening ceremonies on June 25, 2000, will be the first in a series of events for the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration.
The commemoration, authorized by Congress and conducted by DoD, will thank and honor Korean War veterans and their families; especially those who lost loved ones. Over a four-year period, more than 35 commemorative events are scheduled to show that a "Grateful Nation Remembers" their service and sacrifice.
From 2000 to 2003, events will take place throughout the United States, Republic of Korea and the pacific region, reflecting the U.S. military, its allies and the United Nations' concerted efforts during the Korean War.
This year's commemorative events include:
- June 25 - Commemoration Wreathlayings and Opening Ceremonies - Seoul, Korea/Washington D.C.
- June 28 - Task Force Smith Commemoration - Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
- July 5 - Twilight Tattoo - Ellipse, Washington, D.C.
- Sept. 13 - Breakout of Pusan Perimeter Commemoration- Teagu, Republic of Korea
- Sept. 15 - 17 Inchon Landing/Pusan Perimeter Commemoration - Norfolk, Va.
- Nov. 11 - Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Commemoration - Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Nov. 27 - Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Commemoration - Camp Pendleton/San Diego,
- Dec. 12 - Hungnam Redeployment and Evacuation Commemoration - Navy Memorial,
- Washington, D.C.
In addition to these events, local commemorative groups throughout the nation will recognize veterans and their families by hosting local events and supporting school programs that teach the history of the Korean War.
The commemorative community program was the foundation for the World War II commemoration where more than 7,800 groups actively participated. The commemorative community program continues during the Korean War commemoration. Local programs will use educational products developed by the anniversary committee - maps, posters, books, fact sheets, stickers, flags etc. - and Korean War veterans to help tell people of all ages about the Korean War.
For more information about the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration, call (703) 604-0820 or visit the web site at http://korea50.army.mil