National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2015, 45393-45394 [2015-18791]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 145 / Wednesday, July 29, 2015 / Presidential Documents 45393 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9303 of July 24, 2015 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2015 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Throughout history, the United States has stood as a powerful force for freedom and democracy around the world. In the face of tyranny and oppression, generations of patriots have fought to secure peace and prosperity far from home. And in 1950, as Communist armies crossed the 38th parallel just 5 years after the end of World War II, courageous Americans deployed overseas once again to stand with a people they had never met in defense of a cause in which they both believed. On National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, we honor all those who sacrificed for freedom’s cause throughout 3 long years of war, and we reaffirm our commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea and the values that unite our nations. Often outnumbered and outgunned, nearly 1.8 million Americans fought through searing heat and piercing cold to roll back the tide of Communism. The members of our Armed Forces endured some of the most brutal combat in modern history; many experienced unimaginable torment in POW camps, and nearly 37,000 gave their last full measure of devotion. Their sacrifice pushed invading armies back across the line they had dared to cross and secured a hard-earned victory. The Korean War reminds us that when we send our troops into battle, they deserve the support and gratitude of the American people—especially once they come home. We must make it our mission to serve all our veterans as well as they have served us, always giving them the respect, care, and opportunities they have earned. And we will never stop working to fulfill our obligations to our fallen heroes and their families. To this day, more than 7,800 Americans are still missing from the Korean War, and the United States will not rest until we give these families a full accounting of their loved ones. Today, the Republic of Korea enjoys a thriving democracy and a bustling economy, and the legacy of our Korean War veterans continues on in the 50 million South Koreans who live with liberty and opportunity. The United States is proud to stand with our partner in Asian security and stability, and our commitment to our friend and ally will never waver—a promise embodied by our servicemen and women who fought from the Chosin Reservoir to Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill, and by every American since who has stood sentinel on freedom’s frontier. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with D1 No war should ever be forgotten, and no veteran should ever be overlooked. Today, on the anniversary of the Military Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War, let us remember how liberty held its ground in the face of tyranny and how free peoples refused to yield. And most of all, let us give thanks to all those whose service and sacrifice helped to secure the blessings of freedom. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 27, 2015, as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that honor our distinguished Korean War veterans. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jul 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\29JYD1.SGM 29JYD1 45394 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 145 / Wednesday, July 29, 2015 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. [FR Doc. 2015–18791 Filed 7–28–15; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:19 Jul 28, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\29JYD1.SGM 29JYD1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with D1 Billing code 3295–F5

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 145 (Wednesday, July 29, 2015)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 45393-45394]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-18791]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 145 / Wednesday, July 29, 2015 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9303 of July 24, 2015

                
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, 2015

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Throughout history, the United States has stood as a 
                powerful force for freedom and democracy around the 
                world. In the face of tyranny and oppression, 
                generations of patriots have fought to secure peace and 
                prosperity far from home. And in 1950, as Communist 
                armies crossed the 38th parallel just 5 years after the 
                end of World War II, courageous Americans deployed 
                overseas once again to stand with a people they had 
                never met in defense of a cause in which they both 
                believed. On National Korean War Veterans Armistice 
                Day, we honor all those who sacrificed for freedom's 
                cause throughout 3 long years of war, and we reaffirm 
                our commitment to the security of the Republic of Korea 
                and the values that unite our nations.

                Often outnumbered and outgunned, nearly 1.8 million 
                Americans fought through searing heat and piercing cold 
                to roll back the tide of Communism. The members of our 
                Armed Forces endured some of the most brutal combat in 
                modern history; many experienced unimaginable torment 
                in POW camps, and nearly 37,000 gave their last full 
                measure of devotion. Their sacrifice pushed invading 
                armies back across the line they had dared to cross and 
                secured a hard-earned victory.

                The Korean War reminds us that when we send our troops 
                into battle, they deserve the support and gratitude of 
                the American people--especially once they come home. We 
                must make it our mission to serve all our veterans as 
                well as they have served us, always giving them the 
                respect, care, and opportunities they have earned. And 
                we will never stop working to fulfill our obligations 
                to our fallen heroes and their families. To this day, 
                more than 7,800 Americans are still missing from the 
                Korean War, and the United States will not rest until 
                we give these families a full accounting of their loved 
                ones.

                Today, the Republic of Korea enjoys a thriving 
                democracy and a bustling economy, and the legacy of our 
                Korean War veterans continues on in the 50 million 
                South Koreans who live with liberty and opportunity. 
                The United States is proud to stand with our partner in 
                Asian security and stability, and our commitment to our 
                friend and ally will never waver--a promise embodied by 
                our servicemen and women who fought from the Chosin 
                Reservoir to Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill, and 
                by every American since who has stood sentinel on 
                freedom's frontier.

                No war should ever be forgotten, and no veteran should 
                ever be overlooked. Today, on the anniversary of the 
                Military Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War, 
                let us remember how liberty held its ground in the face 
                of tyranny and how free peoples refused to yield. And 
                most of all, let us give thanks to all those whose 
                service and sacrifice helped to secure the blessings of 
                freedom.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim July 27, 2015, as 
                National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. I call upon 
                all Americans to observe this day with appropriate 
                ceremonies and activities that honor our distinguished 
                Korean War veterans.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                twenty-fourth day of July, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and fortieth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2015-18791
Filed 7-28-15; 11:15 am]
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