ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. - At Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery, Maj. Gen. Duane Gamble, commanding general, U.S. Army Sustainment Command, honored the service and sacrifice of more than 2 million Americans and allies who fought during the Korean War.
The bitter and bloody "forgotten war" was placed in a stalemate by the July 27, 1953, signing of an armistice.
"At today's ceremony, we honor you and your brothers in arms. You have not been forgotten," Gamble said.
More than 33,700 service members died in combat during the Korean War - including about 80 from the Quad Cities - and more than 7,000 are still listed as missing in action.
"These names will forever be etched in our nation's roll of honor - and all of them brought honor to our nation by making the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom," Gamble said.
"You did your duty, without flinching, in the face of unbelievable peril and hardship - and it is now our duty to honor you and the fallen with our deep and sincere gratitude;" he added.
Quad Cities Chapter #168 of the Korean War Veterans Association and Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 299, Milan, Ill., supported the event with a rifle salute, color guard, and the playing of taps.