Ocean County Press Release
FREEHOLDERS REMEMBER THE FORGOTTEN WAR
SIXTY-FIVE YEARS after the end of the Korean War the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders remembers the men and women who served during what historians termed the "Forgotten War."
"More than 7,500 Korean War veterans live in Ocean County," said Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "On the anniversary of the end of this conflict we honor those who were called to that faraway land to fight for freedom."
According to federal statistics, more than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953 and took the lives of more than 36,500 United States men and women.
Little said the Board of Freeholders will honor Korean War veterans with a moment of silence at its August 1 meeting.
"In Ocean County we never forget our veterans," Little said.
The fighting ended when a truce was signed on July 27, 1953. A formal peace treaty between the belligerents was never signed.
Deputy Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr. said Ocean County has a proud history of sending soldiers to fight in America's wars.
On the recent occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the county honored its residents who fought in that conflict.
Later this year, the county will remember its World War I veterans during a November 11 ceremony at the Ocean County Courthouse.
November 11 marks 100 years since the end of the so-called War to End all Wars.
"Historians may call Korea the forgotten war, but we remember it here in Ocean County and pay tribute to those who fought," Bartlett said.
Little also thanked President Donald Trump for his efforts to improve relations with the North Korean government and especially for a recent agreement with the North to return the remains of American war casualties.
Published reports say it may take months to positively identify the remains and confirm they are indeed Americans.
"Ocean County thanks the President and appreciates his hard work that will hopefully bring our fallen heroes home," Little said. "We are hopeful this will finally bring closure to many families who lost a loved one during this war."