62 years ago on July 27th, a cease-fire was declared in the 3 year long Korean War. Georgia veterans of that war were honored at the state capitol on Friday.
The Korean War is often called the forgotten war.
740 Georgians died during the conflict that lasted from 1950 to 1953.
He-Beom Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea, promised Georgia veterans that his country would never forget.
“Today we’re gathered together to honor the heroes who put their lives in harms way to defend a country they didn’t know and a people they had never met.”
Bob McCubbins, President of the Georgia chapter of the Korean War Veterans, says they fought for freedom.
“For those who fought in that terrible war and placed the nation above themselves, they have a sense of service that lasts a lifetime.”
Kim told the vets that without their efforts, South Korea would not have become the role model for democracy that it is today.
“We know that freedom is not free. Korean War veterans, you are our true heroes. You are not forgotten and are forever in our hearts.”
Kim said his country will always have a strong alliance with the U.S.