Yonhap has an interview with Colonel David Clark who was picked by the Pentagon to lead efforts to remember the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War:
”So, this is part of the significance we try to pass on,” said Clark, who also handles foreign intelligence in the Army.
He served with U.S. Forces Korea for six years. That, along with his interest in history, is apparently behind the Pentagon’s decision to pick him to lead the anniversary committee in 2010.
He emphasized the importance of reaching out to Korean War veterans in the U.S. and other nations, their families and younger generations.
The campaign has become more urgent as Korean War veterans are aging. There are hundreds of thousands of living American Korean War veterans.
The effort has drawn bipartisan support from Congress. The Senate recently adopted a resolution designating 2012-2013 as the “Year of the Korean War Veteran.” A similar bill is pending in the House.
Clark said this year is especially important as the strength of the alliance comes under scrutiny with the launch of a new government in Seoul.
“In our final year, we really want to make headway into reaching many more veterans,” he said.
He said his committee will invite President Barack Obama to attend an Armistice Day event on July 27.
“We are optimistic,” he said. [Yonhap]
You can read more of the planned events at the link, but I have always thought that if the Pentagon really wants to get people to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the Korean War than try and get Hollywood to make a Band of Brothers like TV series featuring a unit that fought in the Korean War. This would do more to increase the public’s awareness about the Korean War than any other event.