9th Annual Armistice Day Peace Concert & Vigil
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
July 23rd, 2015, 6-8pm
Event to Honor Veterans, Pray for Peace and Walk for Unity
The 9th Annual Armistice Day Peace Concert & Vigil, hosted by Remember727, is taking place on July 23, Sat from 6-8pm, at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, to remember the “Forgotten War,” to honor its veterans and victims, and to hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere conflict persists.
The Korean War, which halted in a ceasefire agreement on July 27, 1953, has technically not ended and is America’s longest war. From 1950-1953, 1.8 million American men and women served in the Korean War, including 600,000 African Americans, 25,000 Japanese Americans, 20,000 Chinese Americans, and 148,000 Hispanic Americans. The U.S. suffered 54,246 casualties and 8,176+ plus POW/MIAs. In total, the Korean War involved people of different backgrounds from a total of 25 nations in 6 continents. There will be a very eclectic mix of speakers and performances to reflect the global scale of the conflict. **
The Program will include a Wreathlaying ceremony at 6:00pm, and the Peace Vigil exactly at 7:27pm, followed by an inaugural Unity Walk along the Reflecting Pool. With escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula, as well as recent tragedies in Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Istanbul and Dhaka, it would be especially meaningful to march for peace along the Reflecting Pool bordering the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials.
There will be photo displays of the Korean War provided by Holt International adoption agency celebrating its 60th anniversary, as well as artwork from the Hudson Arts Foundation, which aims to promote peace through art.
**The wreath-laying ceremony will be led by Scottish American Military Society Color Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarywith Korean War Veterans and Korean American community leaders; and remarks by Col. Bill Weber, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, James Shekleton, Rolling Thunder (POW/MIA) Maryland Chapter I, Lt. Col. David Davis, US Army Ret., and Minister Counselor Kim Dong Ki, Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
To RSVP or for more information please visit www.Remember727.org.