Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs committees, remembered those who served in the Korean War. Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended one of the bloodiest wars in American history.
"This weekend, I ask all Hawaii residents to remember those brave Americans who served alongside our allies sixty years ago to defend our freedom and stop the spread of communism in Korea. Some have dubbed the conflict "the forgotten war,' but to the families of the more than 36,000 Americans who died and the countless others who were wounded, the physical and emotional scars remain. More than 10,000 surviving veterans live in Hawaii, many of them in their eighties. These veterans have earned the respect of succeeding generations.
"In Hawaii, we understand the sacrifices made by these men and women in order to secure the Pacific. The war taught us the importance of eternal vigilance. Many Hawaii residents have ties to Korea or loved ones still living there. We must be ready to protect our state and allies from aggression in the Pacific. As we honor the memory of those who fought six decades ago, let's recommit ourselves to the defense of the liberty and freedom for which they sacrificed."