July 27 - Barack Obama commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, which ended combat in a three year-long war that claimed over 36,000 U.S. lives. Mana Rabiee reports.
These haunting statues at the Korean War Memorial in Washington represent an American squadron on patrol. And it was amid these silent figures that President Barak Obama on Saturday commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Armistice in the Korean War. The armistice didn't officially END the war, which killed over 36,000 U.S. troops, and by some estimates up to 2 million Koreans, mostly civilians. But the halt to the fighting was "no tie", Obama said. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "Korea was a victory. When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom -- a vibrant democracy, one of the world's most dynamic economies, in stark contrast to the repression and poverty of the North -- that's a victory; that's your legacy." The U.S. sent troops to Korea in 1950, to counter an invasion in the South by Soviet-backed forces in the North. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ERIC SHINSEKI. "More than 1.7 million Americans fought in Korea on pieces of terrain nicknamed Pork Chop Hill and Heartbreak Ridge in towns and places like Chip Yon Yee." Also on Saturday, a different tone to the celebrations in Pyong Yang, where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un celebrated with fireworks what's being called there the "victory" in the war of liberation.