Today marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of paperwork that ended US combat in Korea.
Members of the Rockford Memorial program gathered at the Veteran's Memorial Hall to celebrate the 59 local men that gave their lives in the Korean War.
Several veterans shared their memories of the war and gave insight into the importance of the conflict; paying respect to all those that have served in combat.
The Korean War, from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, was a conflict between communist North and anti-communist South Korea. This was also a proxy war of a kind between the United States and the Soviet Union. Principal combatants were North and South Korea, the United States and China although many nations sent troops under the aegis of the United Nations.
Korea was officially a police action not a war in US parlance. 600,000 Koreans had died and perhaps a million Chinese. US troops suffered about 50,000 fatalities, roughly equal to the Vietnam conflict but in a much shorter time. However later neglect of remembrance of this war in favor of the Vietnam War and World War II has caused the Korean War to be called the Forgotten War.
Today, around two million Korean War veterans are still living.