27 July 2013 saw veterans gathering to remember a bloody and brutal conflict which was brought to an abrupt cessation 60 years ago through the signing of an armistice between North Korea and South Korea. The armistice was signed with the understanding that a final peaceful settlement, to date elusive, would be sought.
Here is a short photoessay of photos taken during the recent Korean War Veterans Remembrance Service at the beautiful memorial located at Sydney’s Moore Park.
The history of the armistice itself is telling. Neither the American Officer not the North Korean Officer who signed on behalf of each belligerent side spoke one word during the exchange. Neither shook hands, nor was there ever any intent to do so. As one of the last remnants of the Cold War (that is, up until this week’s rebuttal of Russia by Obama), it stands as a constant reminder that peace must be pursued in our world, and that more often than not our political process to achieve that outcome is flawed and inadequate. The United States first compromised the armistice in the late 1950s by unilaterally deploying atomic weapons onto the Korean peninsula. Since that time, and as recently as this year, North Korea has torn up the armistice no less than six times in an attempt to find a way past deadlocked negotiations.
A picture tells a thousand words. It was a day of beautiful weather attended by a wonderful gathering, with representative from many of the countries that formed the United Nations Command. Worth noting was the presence of students from nine local schools who together with dancers from the Darimjul Korean Culture Academy helped to make the day special. Lest we forget.
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