Trying to boost attendance at next month’s veterans parade

Organizers of this year’s Veterans Day parade are hoping for a bigger turnout than in past years.

Perhaps because of the time of year or the nature of the celebration, the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade attracts about 20,000 spectators, and the patriotic parades attract far fewer.

This year, to boost attendance, Veterans Day parade organizers have set a theme: To mark the 60th anniversary of the “forgotten war,” the parade will salute veterans of the Korean War.

CNN.com tells us the following:

Causes of the Korean War

The 38th parallel division of Korea happened in August 1945, at the end of World War II. The two newly formed countries became ideologically opposite.

November 1947 – The United Nations General Assembly approves elections to be held throughout Korea to choose a provisional government for the entire county. The Soviet Union opposed this.

On May 10, 1948 the people of South Korea elected a national assembly. The assembly set up the government of the Republic of Korea. The people of north refused to take part. On September 9 North Korean Communists established the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Both sides claimed the entire country and their troops fought near the border several times from 1948 to 1950.

The United States removed its last troops from Korea in 1949 and in early 1950 North Korea decided upon war to achieve its goal of Korean unification under Communist rule.

Facts:

June 25, 1950 – The invasion of the Republic of Korea (ROK) by the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) begins what would be the Korean War.

July 27, 1953 – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Chinese People’s Volunteers and the U.N. sign an armistice agreement, ending the fighting.

There has never been a peace treaty, so the Korean War has technically never ended.

The casualty toll had been reported as 54,246 until June 2000, when the Pentagon acknowledged that a clerical error had included deaths outside the Korean War theatre in the total.

The first war in which the U.N. played a role. When asked to send military aid to South Korea sixteen countries sent troops and 41 sent equipment or aid. China fought on the side of North Korea and the Soviet Union sent them military equipment.

The U.S. sent about 90% of the troops that were sent to aid South Korea.

The first war with battles between jet aircraft.

The U.S. spent around $67 billion on the war

The truce talks lasted 2 years and 17 days.

There are more than 7,900 American soldiers still missing in action from the Korean War as of June 2013.

Milford’s Veterans Day parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. All units and marchers are asked to assemble at the Daniel Wasson Field parking lot at 1 p.m.

As in past years, the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony will be held on Nov. 11, in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend this short but moving ceremony.

Organizations that would like to participate may call Russ Edwards at 203-876-0914 for more information.

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