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Senate committee passes bill calling for 'Wall of Remembrance' honoring Korean War heroes

All News 02:14 July 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. Senate committee has passed legislation calling for erecting a "Wall of Remembrance" in Washington that lists the names of all American soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act of 2016 (H.R.1475) at a meeting on Thursday, according to congressional records.

The bill was introduced last March by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), a Korean War veteran, and passed the House in February. It calls for authorizing the wall's establishment at the Korean War Veterans Memorial and allowing certain private contributions to fund the project.

The Senate is expected to vote on the legislation after a seven-week recess.

"I am proud to join Reps. Johnson as an original sponsor of this important bill," said Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), also a Korean War veteran who co-sponsored the legislation. "The wall will remind people that freedom is not free. I am pleased that the Korean War Veterans Memorial will add a place for those to remember the sacrifices of our veterans and the heroes who never returned home.

"Our nation has a responsibility to make sure that we do not forget the nearly 1.8 million members of the United States Armed Forces who served alongside Republic of Korea and 20 other Allied nations during the Korean War," he said.

The United States led the 21-nation Allied Forces to help South Korea repel the Chinese-backed communist troops invading from the North. More than 36,000 American soldiers sacrificed their lives and 103,000 were wounded.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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