Resolution J1617-2013

Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Cease-fire that ended the Korean War

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Cease-
Fire that ended the Korean War

WHEREAS, Thousands of military personnel from the  great  State  of  New
York  have  served their country faithfully and courageously, with dedi-
cation and sacrifice, and are due the praise  and  just  recognition  of
this  Legislative  Body  for  their  role in the defense of our nation's
liberty and freedom; and
  WHEREAS, In response to the June 25, 1950, invasion of South Korea  by
North  Korea and the June 27, 1950 United Nations resolution calling for
assistance for the Republic of  Korea  (South  Korea),  President  Harry
Truman  ordered American air and naval forces activated and, on June 30,
1950, committed ground forces to the Korean battle zone; and
  WHEREAS, On July 27, 1953, three years and 32 days after North  Korean
forces  penetrated  the  38th Parallel to launch the Korean War, hostil-
ities ended, at approximately the point they had begun, with the signing
of an armistice; this year, with pride and  pause,  we  commemorate  the
60th Anniversary of the Cease-Fire that ended this conflict; and
  WHEREAS, A conflict of virulent devastation, the Korean War was one of
the first major tests to be faced by the United Nations since its found-
ing  in  1945;  it  represented  a battle of ideologies -- communism vs.
democracy; it involved or impacted upon all of the world's major powers;
it caused the devastation of Korea; and it resulted in the loss of  over
one  million lives, including nearly 55,000 Americans, before the armis-
tice was signed at Panmunjom, dividing Korea into two  separate  nations
at a line marked by the 38th Parallel; and
  WHEREAS,  Before  the hostilities ended in 1953, 5.7 million Americans
had served in the conflict, of which 482,000 came from New  York  State,
including  the 2,200 New Yorkers who gave their lives for their country;
and
  WHEREAS, Often called the "Forgotten War" and  the  "Forgotten  Veter-
ans,"  due to the Korean War's inconclusive ending and its chronological
place in history, between World War II  and  the  10-year  Vietnam  War,
Korean  War Veterans, and the families of those who died or are missing,
have faithfully endeavored to help the citizens of this great State  and
nation  in  their  understanding  of, and appreciation for, the courage,
commitment and sacrifices made by America's servicemen and women in that
first great struggle against communism; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body, acting on behalf of
the citizens of the Empire State,  to  honor,  with  great  respect  and
reverent  esteem,  the  members  of  the Armed Services who served their
State and nation so valiantly and honorably in the  defense  of  freedom
and democracy during the Korean War; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Cease-Fire that ended the Korean
War, and to renew its tribute to the men and women of the State  of  New
York who served so faithfully and courageously; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the New York Chapters of the Korean War Veterans Association.

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