City Will Lower Flags in Honor of Korean War Veterans Armistice Day


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July 25, 2012

On June 25, 1950, the Korean peninsula erupted in conflict, becoming the front line of an intensifying Cold War. For 3 years, our Armed Forces fought to help keep Korea free, suffering bitter reversals and winning stunning victories before the Military Armistice Agreement at Panmunjom secured the border near the 38th parallel. Together, American service members and allied forces were part of a generation that, in the words inscribed at their memorial in our nation's capitol, defended "a country they never knew and a people they never met."

On the 45th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended the Korean War, President Bill Clinton proclaimed July 27th a national day of recognition to commemorate the more than 37,000 U.S. service personnel who lost their lives during the war. In doing so, the president called "upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor and give thanks to our distinguished Korean War veterans."

"In honor of these veterans, the City of Prattville will lower its flags to half staff on Friday, July 27th," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "It is vitally important that we remember our history and those who have given so much so that we could live in the freedom we so richly enjoy today. I will never be able to express in mere words the gratitude that is owed these fine men and women who served our country and will forever be known as heroes."