It is appropriate that we reflect this week on the Korean War for it marks the 53rd anniversary of the armistice that ended the three-year conflict that claimed the lives of over 37,000 American soldiers. The Korean War began as one of America’s earliest military actions toward defending freedom and democracy in a country – South Korea – Americans knew little about. One thing we must remember is the Korean War also served as the starting point of an alliance between South Korea and the United States that continues today.
Coinciding with the anniversary, Canandaigua is proud this year to host the annual National Blue Star Mothers conference. The organization is made up of mothers whose children were or are members of the U.S. military. The nonprofit organization allows women to unite in their support of each other and their children while promoting patriotism for our great nation.
As we recognize our armed forces personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of democracy and freedom, it is important we recognize there are still some 8,000 American soldiers still listed as missing in action or unaccounted for as prisoners of the Korean War.
Today, we are involved more military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, defending America against terrorist threats that seek to eliminate democracy and the freedoms our society has long enjoyed. Regardless of the personal and political views on the present war on terror, we should honor this weekend all our soldiers serving abroad in defense of our nation, and for the ideals of democracy and freedom against tyranny and oppression.