WASHINGTON, Jul. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The names of all 36,574 U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War will be called out next week in a ceremony in Washington commemorating the anniversary of the war’s end, organizers said Thursday.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation is organizing the event in which about 30 people will take turns calling out the names of the fallen troops at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington for up to 12 hours a day from July 25-27.
Participants will include South Korean Maj. Gen. Shin Kyung-soo, defense attache at the South Korean Embassy as well as Korean and American veterans of the war. While taking turns, each will read out about 90 names for three minutes, organizers said.
The memorial foundation also plans to step up efforts to help pass a bill that calls for erecting a “Wall of Remembrance” at the Korean War Veterans Memorial that will list the names of all American soldiers killed during the conflict.
The United States led the 21-nation Allied Forces to help South Korea repel the Chinese-backed communist troops invading from the North. Nearly 38,000 U.N. troops, most of them from the U.S., were killed in action during the conflict.
The war ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the divided peninsula still technically at war.