Breakfast to Mark 60th Anniversary of Korean War’s End

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Town hallTown Hall Press Release:

The Town of Huntington and its Veterans Advisory Board invite Korean War Veterans, their families, local businesses and all other interested people to a special breakfast Friday, July 26 commemorating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

“Help us remember the end of what people have called The Forgotten War by honoring those who served,” Supervisor Frank P. Petrone said in inviting the public to attend.

The Korean conflict has been called The Forgotten War because it is usually overshadowed in the nation’s memory by World War II, which ended just five years earlier. It began in June 1950, when then-President Harry S Truman committed U.S. ground troops to what he called a “police action” after North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea. By the time the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, an estimated 2 million people, mainly civilians, died in the brutal conflict. The U.S. Department of Defense says that 33,686 U.S. service members were killed in battle and nearly 100,000 were wounded.

For the past few years, the Defense Department has been on a campaign to raise national awareness about the service of Korean War veterans, including a public tribute at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington the same day at the Huntington breakfast.

The Huntington event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Melville Marriott, 1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville. The breakfast will include a full breakfast buffet, music performed by 50 members of the Island Orchestra, reminiscences and special remarks from Kim Hyungil, vice consul general of the Republic of Korea from the New York City Korean Consulate.

The Veterans Advsiory Board is asking for a $28 a person donation. Proceeds from the breakfast and from a breakfast journal will be used to benefit veterans, soldiers and their families in crisis and to continue providing programs to honor, recognize and benefit veterans of all wars.

 Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 631 351-3012 or by sending a check payable to Huntington Human Services Institute, Inc.    Att: Carol Rocco, Town of Huntington, Veterans Affairs, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743.

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