June 25, 2020: Korean War Remembrance Day

WHEREAS, June 25, 2020, is the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War in 1950; and,


WHEREAS, more than 54,000 Americans courageously fought against the Communist invaders of Korea and gave their lives; and,


WHEREAS, over 103,000 American military were wounded, over 8,000 American military were declared Missing In Action, and 7,000 American military were taken as Prisoners of War; and,


WHEREAS, the State of Michigan also honors the 1,492 Michiganders who have fallen and paid the ultimate price for our nation during the Korean War and who are now memorialized at state and national memorials; and,


WHEREAS, this so-called 'Forgotten War' will never be forgotten in our minds and hearts; and,


WHEREAS, the willingness of the Armed Forces of the United States of America to put their lives on the line for freedom of all people and peace in the world is a lasting legacy to our great American spirit and honor;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 25, 2020, as Korean War Remembrance Day in Michigan.