‘The Forgotten War’ 60 Years Later: Fitzpatrick Remembers Korean Veterans

Jul 26, 2013 Issues: Veterans
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick lays a rose on the Korean War Memorial outside the Bucks Co. Courthouse in Doylestown Friday morning
‘The Forgotten War’ 60 Years Later:  Fitzpatrick Remembers Korean Veterans

DOYLESTOWN, PA - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) joined veterans, community organizations, and neighbors Friday in honoring the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War- July 27, 1953.

The 14th annual Korean War Armistice Day Memorial Service- hosted by the Bucks County Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association- recognizes the service of hundreds of Bucks Countians who served in what’s been called ‘the Forgotten War’.

“We speak of the Forgotten War, but every year as the anniversary of the Korean Armistice comes around, I wonder why it’s called that. My generation learned of the war in history class, in books, in soldier’s stories,” said Fitzpatrick in his keynote address. “It’s been 60 years since we were engaged in conflict in Korea and it’s an anniversary we will not forget. Nor should we- just as we should never forget any other war where America sends its sons and daughters to foreign lands, among people who do not speak our language, but who called for help.”

Fitzpatrick individually recognized the service of three Korean veterans: Navy veteran and Bucks County Commissioner, Roger Bowers; Navy veteran and Bucks County real estate businessman Joe Slemmer; and Marine veteran Jerry Jonas.

“To Jerry, Roger and Joe- and all those who served and came back as men to serve their communities as good citizens- we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” added Fitzpatrick. “At the same time, we remember the commitment and sacrifice of those who paid the ultimate price in defense of their country.”

In a tradition begun seven years ago, 19 Bucks County residents who have died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were also honored. Following the roll-call, a ceremonial rifle squad fired a 21-gun rifle salute, followed by the playing of ‘Taps.’

Since 1995, Korean War Armistice Day has been officially recognized in proclamations by Presidents, Clinton, Bush, and Obama.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations