Senators Clinton and Cochran Announce Reintroduction of Korean War Veterans Act
July 27 Marks 54th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) today announced that they have reintroduced legislation to honor the valiant efforts of Korean War veterans, who risked their lives fighting against the spread of Communism on the Korean Peninsula. The Korean War Veterans Recognition Act of 2007 includes National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marked on July 27, among the days when the American flag should especially be displayed.
"Today marks the 54th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice and is a day to remember the sacrifice and valor of those who helped protect and promote American values on the Korean Peninsula over a half century ago," said Senator Clinton. "Our service men and women sacrificed so much in order to promote the principles of democracy and freedom on the Korean Peninsula and I am pleased to reintroduce legislation that respectfully honors and pays tribute to the tremendous courage demonstrated by the men and women who served in the Korean War."
"It is important for all Americans to honor those who served in the Korean War. I am pleased to cosponsor the legislation to recognize the importance of the signing of the armistice ending the war in Korea," said Senator Cochran.
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day recognizes that negotiators signed an armistice agreement at Panmunjom on July 27, 1953. The signing of the armistice led to North Korea's withdrawal across the 38th parallel, and allowed the Republic of Korea to be free from attempts to force Communism upon its people.
A long-time advocate of recognizing those who served in the Korean War, Senator Clinton is an original co-sponsor of legislation to grant a Federal Charter to the Korean War Veterans Association. Senator Clinton also reintroduced the Korean War Veterans Act in the 109th Congress. In 2004, Senator Clinton joined the Queens County, NY American Legion Service to Honor the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War.