Everyone seems to forget about Korean Conflict

Published 2:32 pm Saturday, June 2, 2012

To the Editor:

We hear and read about Memorial Day events commemorating the American lives lost in World War I, World War II and Vietnam, where more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives or came home injured in many ways.

No one ever writes or talks about the 33,000-plus American lives lost in the Korean Conflict.

My husband, Edward A. Clement, fought in the Korean Conflict.

Did you know the Korean Conflict was never settled by the United States or North Korea? That means, no final papers were drawn and we’re still over there “keeping the peace” on the Demilitarized Zone, where we have more than 35,000 troops. No, you never hear or learn about the Korean Conflict.

On Nov. 11, 1918, World War I ended as President Woodrow Wilson said, “to end all wars.” This date was the original Memorial Day.

Congress passed a law that we could have a national legal holiday on the last Monday of May each year, so you can have a three-day weekend.

It is a time to thank those who served and still serve, and all of those who supported them, and who continue to support them.

America is not at war. The U.S. military is at war. America is at the mall. If you don’t stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them! And remember, there was a Korean Conflict.

Rachel A. Clement