Korean War Armistice Remembrance

Sixty five years ago this morning at 10 AM the Korean War Armistice went into effect.  Technically we are still at war with North Korea and I am certain much will be made of that anniversary attendant with the recent theatrics surrounding the conflict.  Maybe something will actually be accomplished.  It is called America’s Forgotten War but more than 60,000 Americans died or are missing and more than 100,000 were wounded.  Many today know nothing more that what they learned on the TV series M*A*S*H.

In Battery Park here in New York is a monument known as “The Universal Soldier.”  In between Castle Clinton and Pier A many people miss it entirely.  This statue is configured so that at exactly 10 AM on the anniversary of the Armistice sunlight passes through the void of the figure and illuminates the torch symbol of the tile dedicated to the Greek dead in the conflict.  I have been there to see the phenomenon except that the tree canopy now obscures much of it and it is likely to be cloudy and rainy today.  But wherever you are this morning you can give a quick pause and wish to finally bring peace to the Korean peninsula.  After all, this conflict has reached retirement age.

korean war memorial

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