Letter from the Chairman: July 27th is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day,
Remembering Our Korean War Veterans
July 27th is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, which is dedicated to recognizing the service and sacrifices of Korean War Veterans. It is celebrated on the anniversary of the day in 1953 when an armistice agreement was signed by the United States, North Korea, and People’s Republic of China. The armistice allowed the waring countries to reach a settlement that left the Korean Peninsula divided at the 38th parallel, and nearly 70 years later, this demilitarized zone remains. However, the sacrifices of the men and women who served during this conflict made it possible for the Republic of Korea, informally known as South Korea, to become the thriving country it is today and on this historic day we honor their valor.
The Korean War saw the service of more than 289,000 Texans with 1,723 of those Texans either killed in action or missing in action over the course of the war. While fighting to uphold democracy and aid a people they had never met, service members faced treacherous terrain and unforgiving weather that tested the limits of their endurance, training, and courage. From the Landings at Inchon to the critical Battle of the Imjin River, and the many other battles that shaped this formidable war, these heroes fought with resilience and unwavering bravery. Many made the ultimate sacrifice during this relatively short, but bloody conflict, and their selflessness reminds all Americans of the high price of freedom.
To help recognize the service of our Korean War Veterans, our team at the VLB is proud to support the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal Ceremony. The Republic of Korea offers the Ambassador for Peace Medal to those who served in the Korean War between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, or participated in United Nations peacekeeping operations until 1955. This commemorative medal represents the Republic of Korea’s appreciation for the millions of service members, including nearly 1.8 million Americans, who stood in defense of liberty.
In April and June, we were honored to help members of our Texas State Veterans Homes (TSVH) receive this award through two Ambassador for Peace Medal Ceremonies. During these special ceremonies, sixteen Veterans were awarded medals while another five were honored posthumously.
Whether it is through the recognition of military honors, providing our Veterans with all the benefits they have earned, or supporting their unique needs in our TSVHs, we will always put our Veterans first and ensure Texas continues to give back to the men and women who have given so much to our state and nation. May we never forget the debt of gratitude we owe to every hero who has answered the clarion call of duty, whether they stormed the beaches at Normandy, braved the jungles of Vietnam, or surmounted the Korean Peninsula’s peaks.
If you know a Korean War Veteran who may be eligible to receive the Ambassador for Peace Medal, I encourage you to direct them towards the application for this award so they may receive the recognition they deserve.
God Bless Texas,
George P. Bush, Chairman Texas Veterans Land Board