/EINPresswire.com/ Monday, May 24, 2010 — Texas Korean War Veterans will hold a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the start of the war on June 25th near the Korean War Memorial on the northwest side of the Texas State Capitol grounds.
The Texas Lone Star Chapter of the Korean War Veterans in Houston announced the ceremony and said that Dr. Robert Ivany, Major General, U.S. Army (retired) and current President of University of St. Thomas in Houston will be the featured speaker, along with the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Yun Soo Cho.
As the organization that was the driving force in building the Memorial, we ask all Texas Korean War veterans to join us on this special day, to share with us the memory of all the Texans who fought and died in the Korean War. We invite the public and veterans of all wars to join us as well.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. directly in front of the Reagan State Office Building, which is located near Congress Avenue and 15th Street in the Capitol complex. We have invited a number of special guests, including the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Texas House and other State officials, and Korean dignitaries such as Mr. Woo Sung Han, President, Samsung Austin Semiconductor Corporation. We plan to have extensive media coverage as well.
The Korean War started on June 25, 1950 when troops of the Democratic Republic of North Korea invaded South Korea across the 38th Parallel. The War ended on July 27th, 1953 with the signing of an Armistice. Since a peace treaty was never signed between the combatants, the War never officially ended.
U. S. casualties included more than 37, 000 killed in action and more than 92, 000 wounded. Civilian casualties were an estimated 2.5 million people.