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Korean War Armistice Anniversary

 on the Memorial Walkway, National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.
Korean War Veterans Association
on the Memorial Walkway, National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

The end of what could be called a "forgotten war" will be celebrated Tuesday. A wreath laying ceremony will be held in the National Cemetery on Arsenal Island to commemorate the end of the Korean War, 68 years ago.

The war began in June of 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea, and ended officially with a negotiated armistice on July 27th, 1953.

Ron Sears of Cambridge, from the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association, says few people realize how important it was that United Nations forces, including the US, defended South Korea.

"Number one, it was one of the first times we stopped the Communist aggression. And number two, it liberated the South Korean nation and made them a very prosperous and free, democratic nation."

Sears served in the Army, and says while he was home on leave during the war, his friends didn't know he'd been fighting in Korea for more than a year, and also didn't know where Korea was.

The ceremony begins at 10 am Tuesday in the National Cemetery, with keynote speaker Colonel Todd Allison, the Arsenal's Garrison commander.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.