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July 27 Memorial Service to Mark 66th Anniversary of Korean War Armistice

July 25, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association will mark the 66th anniversary of the July 27, 1953, armistice and cease-fire that ended the Korean War with a memorial service Saturday morning at the Bucks County Korean War Memorial in Doylestown.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately one hour. The Korean War Memorial is located on the grounds outside the Bucks County Administration Building at 55 East Court Street.

Attending will be Korean War veterans, surviving family members of those who died, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, and members of the public, including the Korean-American community.

The ceremony will include a roll call honoring Bucks County’s dead from the Korean War, the placement of a rose on the memorial for each of the honored dead as their names are called, the presentation of colors by a Marine Corps ceremonial color guard, a rifle salute by the Guardians of the Washington Crossing Veterans National Cemetery ceremonial rifle team, and the laying of wreaths.

The Bucks County Korean War Memorial was dedicated in 2000 – the 50th anniversary of the war’s outbreak – to pay tribute to Bucks County residents who died in Korea. It was the first major Korean War memorial constructed in Pennsylvania, and bears the inscribed names of 38 Bucks County men who gave their lives in Korea. Korean War Memorial

More than 54,000 members of the American military died during the Korean War, more than 35,000 in battle. Another 102,000 were wounded, many of whom subsequently died from their wounds. More than 7,000 remain listed as missing in action.

More than two million Koreans and close to one million Chinese also perished during the war, which lasted from June 25, 1950, until the 1953 armistice and cease-fire.

Anyone seeking more information about the ceremony may call Jerry Jonas of the Korean War Veterans Association at 215-630-7841.