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WHEREAS, the Korean War was fought from June of 1950 to July of 1953, ending in an armistice that retained American forces on the Korean Peninsula, where they continue to serve today, protecting the people of South Korea and American interests in the region; and
WHEREAS, more than 13,000 Virginians served the nation in Korea, 939 sacrificed their lives, and 200 Virginians are still listed as missing in action; and
WHEREAS, of the 145 service members who were awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, two were Virginians; and
WHEREAS, the servicemen and women who returned from Korea were not accorded the full recognition and praise they deserved, and the conflict was overshadowed by events in Vietnam, and eventually became known as “The Forgotten War;” and
WHEREAS, it is especially important that the extraordinary contributions of America's Korean War veterans and the sacrifice of their families be remembered and recognized; and
WHEREAS, since 1996, July 27 has been recognized nationally as a day of remembrance for Korean Veterans and the Korean War Armistice;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize July 27, 2020, as KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all citizens.