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Obama's office says he will attend Korean War ceremony

All Headlines 04:48 July 23, 2013

By Lee Chi-dong

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Yonhap) -- The White House announced Monday that President Barack Obama will join a special ceremony to mark Korean War Armistice Day this weekend.

"On Saturday, July 27, President Obama will deliver remarks at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the Korean War," the White House said in a press release.

Obama would become the first U.S. president to take part in such a formal ceremony to commemorate Armistice Day.

The three-year conflict came to an effective end on July 27, 1953, with the armistice, not a formal peace treaty.

The Korean War is often called the "Forgotten War." The Pentagon is redoubling efforts to enhance public awareness on the historical significance of the war in which the U.S. fought alongside the South against the invading North backed by the Chinese military.

According to the U.S. government, 36,573 American troops were killed, with 103,284 others wounded.

"Defense Secretary (Chuck) Hagel will join the President for the program which will include wreath laying ceremonies, special tributes, and recognize the United Nations Allies that provided combat troops, medical teams, and other support," the White House said.

This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Seoul-Washington alliance.

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