People across the country Friday honored veterans with parades and ceremonies for Veterans Day.
The Korean War ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Truce talks had started July 10, 1951, after United States and United Nations forces went to the aid of South Korea who was invaded by North Korea June 25, 1950.
The Korean War, often called the “Forgotten War,” saw some 5.8 million American soldiers, sailors and air force members serve their country. The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. honors their service and sacrifice.
At the time, The Baltimore Sun sent several war correspondents to Korea to cover the war including James M. Cannon and John T. Ward who sent back photos from the front lines. According to the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, 527 Maryland citizens died in hostile action. Their names along with those still listed as missing in action are on Maryland’s Korean War Memorial, located at 2903 Boston Street in Canton.
This post was originally published on July 26, 2013.
U.S. Army soldier Sgt. Matt Krumwiede was on patrol in Afghanistan in June of 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion tore away both his legs, damaged his left arm, and ripped open his abdominal cavity.
Since then he has undergone dozens of surgeries and spent time recovering at Brooke Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, learning to walk again with the use of prosthetic legs. In June 2014, he visited to his hometown of Pocatello, Idaho for the first time since he was injured.
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Normandy Veterans gathered at Bayeux War Cemetery in France, for a remembrance and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Across Normandy several hundred of the surviving veterans of the Normandy campaign assembled to commemorate the D-Day landings which eventually led to the Allied liberation of France in 1944. Next year, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the landings, is widely expected to be the last time that the veterans will gather in any great number.
Planting flags, laying wreaths and gathering at solemn ceremonies were among the ways Americans observed Memorial Day. The day to honor those killed serving their country was established 145 years ago. It became a federal holiday in 1971.
Veterans Day ceremonies across the country honor the nation’s current and former service members. The holiday marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Army Sgt. Kirk Bauer lost most of his left leg in a firefight in Vietnam, but that hasn’t stopped him from tackling some the world’s greatest challenges with Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports. He’s been with the organization for 42 years, and is now its executive director. Their goal is to help wounded veterans returning from war realize that they can still achieve great feats.
In June 2012, Bauer led four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — two double-leg amputees, one single-leg amputee and one with muscle damage – up North America’s tallest mountain, Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
Their tagline: Five wounded warriors, four good legs, three wars, two generations, one mountain.
Disabled Sports USA – Warfighter Sports gave us some of the photos and video clips from the climb for a story Catonsville Times reporter Brian Conlin wrote this week about Kirk Bauer.
For many, Memorial Day marks a day of remembrance, honoring military men and women who died while serving their country. It has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War. Here are scenes from around the country of Americans remembering the fallen.