JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- A Missouri state statue passed in 1989 designates July 27 of each year as a day for Missourians to honor and remember those who served in America’s armed forces during the Korean War.
Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed July 27 as Korean War Veterans Day in Missouri.
An estimated 50,000 Korean War veterans currently live in Missouri.
“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,” Gov. Nixon said. “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.”
Together with 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.