KCWM Board of Directors
Why is the Korean War significant?
Sandwiched between WWII and the Vietnam War, the Korean War is often referred to as the Forgotten War, but those who fought there deserve our respect and gratitude.
The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953. For the first time, the US called for a unified military force to support an American defense initiative. Nearly 20 nations responded, which signaled a new direction for the U.N. that continues today.
Today, it seems many Americans know little about the Korean War. They remain sadly unaware of the importance and impact of the American presence in South Korea despite the growing influence of Korean pop culture in the US. To this day, many Korean people often express deep, personal gratitude for the commitment of American leadership and troops to their country's defense.
Korean Connection is uniquely positioned to remind our fellow Americans that we should celebrate the 70-year relationship between the US and South Korea. We have special opportunities to shape the future together with South Korea as major powers of influence—on separate continents, but bound by blood and treasure.
The casualty cost of the Korean War often goes unrecognized. As many as one million South Korean civilians perished and approximately 150,000 troops from South Korea, the United States, and participating U.N. nations were killed in the Korean War. They died fighting to keep South Korea free from a Communist takeover.
Come celebrate Korean Connection and join us as we recognize and honor the service of our veterans and those who lost their lives fighting for freedom at the 10/70 Anniversary event.