The Korean War started on June 25th, 1950, when the Communist government in the North launched a surprise invasion of South Korea.
The war ended three years later on July 27th, 1953, with a ceasefire and the signing of an armistice agreement that divided the country.
Korea marked the day on Sunday with a ceremony honoring the sacrifices of the hundreds of thousands who died in the conflict.
The event was held at the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom, the exact location where the armistice agreement was signed 61 years ago.
General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of the United Nations Command, was in attendance, along with other senior officials and Korean War veterans.
"Our strive in maintaining the armistice, we are honoring the sacrifice of almost 180-thousand men and women who died fighting under the UN flag and we acknowledge the estimated 2.5 million civilians who also died during the Korean War. We take steps to maintain stability and security in the region. We display our desire to never again incur such a great cost."
In the wake of the recent provocative acts from North Korea, General Scaparrotti also had a strong message for Pyongyang.
"Their continued opposition in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions as well as the international community norms is unacceptable and it further isolates them from the international community, further deprives their people of any hope of prosperity in the future."
"This ceremony not only serves to mark the signing of the armistice agreement. It's also a solemn reminder that the two Koreas are technically still at war.
Kim Hyun-bin Arirang News, Panmunjom."
bartektodde (USA) 2014-07-28 02:49:50 KST
We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in Korea, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our peninsula, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,
bartektodde (USA) 2014-07-28 00:59:45 KST
it further isolates them from the international community,
(Jesus told believers to be isolated.)
2 Corinthians Chapter 6
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
bartektodde (USA) 2014-07-28 00:32:44 KST
"... it further isolates them from the international community, further deprives their people of any hope of prosperity in the future."
(Who cares about being part of the international community. Every independent sovereign country should have the right to make its own laws and have its own culture/customs even if others disagree. As for prosperity. The definition of prosperity is open to interpretation.)