President Barack Obama is marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Obama is delivering remarks Saturday at a commemorative ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.
The 1950-1953 Korean war pitted North Korean and Chinese troops against U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces. It ended on July 27,1953 60 years ago Saturday with the signing of an armistice.
But a formal peace treaty was never signed,leaving the Korean Peninsula in a technical state of war and divided at the 38th parallel between its communist north and democratic south. At least 2.5 million people were killed in the fighting.
In a proclamation declaring Saturday as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day,Obama says the anniversary marks the end of the war and the beginning of a long and prosperous peace. In the six decades since the end of hostilities,Obama said,South Korea has become a close U.S. ally and one of the world’s largest economies.
He said the partnership remains a bedrock of stability throughout the Pacific region,and gave credit to the U.S. service members who fought all those years ago and to the men and women currently stationed there.