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Memorial service in Doylestown set for 66th anniversary of Korean War armistice


A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, July 27, at the Bucks County Korean War Memorial, Doylestown, commemorating the 66th anniversary of the armistice and cease-fire (July 27, 1953) that ended more than three years of continuous fighting in Korea.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will last approximately one hour. In attendance will be surviving family members of those who died, hundreds of Korean War veterans, members of the general public, and members of the Korean community.

The ceremony will include a roll-call of Bucks County’s honored 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, taps, and the laying of wreaths.

The Bucks County Korean War Memorial, which was dedicated in 2000 (the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War) to pay tribute to the Bucks County residents who died in Korea, is located in the grassy area immediately in front of the former courthouse at 55 E. Court St., Doylestown. It was the first major Korean War memorial constructed in Pennsylvania. On it are inscribed the names of 38 local men, who gave their lives in Korea.

More than 54,000 members of the American military died during the Korean War; more than 35,000 of them on Korea’s battlefields. An additional 102,000 were wounded (many of them dying later from their wounds), and more than 7,000 are still listed as missing in action.

More than 2 million Koreans and close to 1 million Chinese also perished during the war, which lasted from June 25, 1950 (when North Korean armed forces invaded their southern neighbor), until the armistice and cease-fire on July 27, 1953.

Korean War Armistice Day has been officially recognized in proclamations by Presidents William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Families and friends of the honored dead who wish to participate in the ceremony can obtain additional information by calling 215-630-7841.

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