Adm. Winnefeld's Remarks at the Korean War Armistice 60th Anniversary Commemoration
As Delivered by Admiral James A. Winnefeld , Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C. Saturday, July 27, 2013
Mr. President, veterans of the Korean War, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.
I’m honored to join you here today to commemorate 60 years since the signing of the Korean War Armistice.
I’m humbled to speak among so many who shed blood and otherwise sacrificed to “defend a country they never knew and a people they never met” ... words that are etched here and are forever written in the history of our two nations.
Your fight for freedom built a great alliance; an alliance that holds strong to this day.
On this anniversary, we honor the legacy of the hundreds of thousands of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, and those of our Allies – whose herculean efforts on the Korean Peninsula six decades ago held the line on the democratic principles we cherish and established the Republic of Korea as a peaceful and prosperous country.
That legacy will never be forgotten.
For many of us it’s personal – a parent, a brother, a relative, a friend who served far from our shores.
And I’m no exception – my own father, as a young Navy ensign, served with honor alongside the more than 36,000 heroic Americans who gave the last full measure of devotion to this war.
Their sacrifice lives on in the dedication of the men and women of United States Forces Korea, who, along with their Republic of Korea partners and other freedom-loving allies from around the world, maintain peace and stability on the Peninsula under the motto Katchi Kapshida! We Go Together.
For every warrior who served in harm’s way before them, many of whom are here this morning, we will always remember.
Gam-sah-hap-ni-da. Thank you.
And now I have the great privilege of introducing our Secretary of Defense.
A veteran himself and a patriot and dedicated public servant, he is a tireless advocate for our service members, our military families, and our veterans. Ladies and Gentlemen, Secretary Chuck Hagel.