Fort Leavenworth, Kan. —Video Korean War commemoration ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard:
On June 25, 1950, President Harry S. Truman was at his home in Independence, Mo., when he received a call from Secretary of State Dean Acheson.“Mr. President, I have some serious news,” Acheson said. “The North Koreans have invaded South Korea.”
Nearly 60 years later, veterans, politicians, diplomats, service members and family members gathered at the Community of Christ Auditorium June 21, a few blocks from Truman’s home, to commemorate the start of the Korean War.
The Korean War veterans appreciation ceremony, hosted by the Harry S. Truman Library, the Truman Library Institute and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, attracted about 400 veterans and families, as well as many well-wishers, including a contingent of Command and General Staff College students and Fort Leavenworth leaders.
Speaking at the event were Truman’s grandson Clifton Truman Daniel, South Korean Consul General Chul Huh, Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, Sen. Christopher S. “Kit” Bond of Missouri, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, and featured speaker Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command.
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God Bless those who fought and those who gave all. They are my heroes.