"Many Korean War veterans came home from Korea without much of the fanfare that the heroes of World War II received and slowly, the American public is forgetting the sacrifice that our Korean War heroes displayed," Rangel said. "Our nation has a responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen."
Rangel said the Defense Department's 60th Anniversary of the Korea War Commemoration Committee asked him to introduce the resolution, and noted that the committee will run a national campaign to honor Korean War veterans this year. That will include recognition on June 25, the 60th anniversary of the start of the war in 1950, and July 27, marking the end of the war in 1953, as well as honoring Korean War veterans on Veterans Day.
"The Korean War veterans halted the tide of communism on the Korean Peninsula and it is largely because of their sacrifices that the Republic of Korea was able to develop into a modern and prosperous democracy," Rangel said. "My comrades and I are proud to see that in the 60 years since the outbreak of the war, South Korea has emerged from a war-torn country into one of the major players in the world in addition to being the seventh-largest trading partner of the United States."