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William Alli, a Marine Korean War veteran, examines the 19 statues in the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington on May 29, 2010. The Korean War started 60 years ago on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces crossed the border into South Korea.

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Reflecting on those not forgotten

25 Jun 2010 | Pfc. Christofer P. Baines

Military and government officials paid homage to Korean War veterans during a commemoration ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard yesterday.

The ceremony, which recognized the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, is one of many events taking place this week to honor those who fought from Inchon to the Chosin Reservoir. 

The sacrifices made by the men of the armed forces of the United States and the Republic of Korea have led to a strong alliance, forged by the blood of brave men from both nations, said South Korean Ambassador Han Duck-soo.

Representative Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., also reflected on the service of those who fought during the Korean War.

Sacrifices were made by all men who fought, regardless of race or ethnicity, Rangel said. “In Korea, color didn’t matter; the only colors that mattered were red, white and blue.”

The Korean War started on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded South Korea. Three days later, North Korea captured South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. Around 36,000 American service members were killed during the conflict.

Master Sgt. Sean Lunn, Plans, Policies and Operations’ Marine Force Recon representative, said the observance made him think of the legacy left behind by the men and women who served before him.

“Marines should strive to uphold the standards set by the heroes of yesterday,” he added.

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