YONKERS, N.Y. – On the 60th anniversary of the battle's end, Yonkers will honor its residents who bravely served in the Korean War.
This summer the city will sponsor several events and programs to pay tribute to those who served, including the 35 city residents who were killed in action, Mayor Mike Spano announced last week.
“In recognizing this significant milestone in our nation’s history, this commemoration will bring our city together in tribute to those who bravely served our country overseas during the Korean War,” Spano said.
Around the country, events are being planned for July 27, a day to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the cease fire agreement of the Korean War.
In Yonkers, the city will host a Veterans breakfast, a presentation of medals, memorial ceremony, Korean War exhibit, educational programs and a concert. Other events are expected to be announced in the coming months.
John Spencer, former mayor of Yonkers and Chairperson of the Yonkers Central Committee of War Veterans, said it is both proper and fitting to have a commemoration for the sacrifices that many city residents made six decades ago.
“We have many Korean War Veterans in our Central Committee of Veterans Organizations throughout Yonkers who are still of service to the citizens, and I know they all appreciate the commemoration, and especially to those who gave their lives,” he said in a statement.
The city’s commemoration events will be held in partnership with the U.S Department of Defense’s 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. The committee, who has been coordinating events around the country, said one of its goals is to educate the American people about the significance of the Korean War.
The war, which lasted from 1950 to 1953, is often referred as "The Forgotten War," the committee said on its website, and it hopes to raise awareness about the history and affect of the conflict.
For more information on Yonkers’ commemoration or to register for any of the events, contact the mayor’s office at 914-377-6058.