Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, U.S. Army Pacific commander, was the keynote speaker at a crowd of roughly 300 veterans and the public Saturday at the Korean War Memorial Ceremony held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. The ceremony honored veterans who fought in the war.

Sixty-one years ago one of the U.S.' strongest alliances developed from the disaster, said Wiercinski. "During the time of the Korean conflict, so many people didn't understand it," Wiercinski said. "Even those fighting didn't understand it. Now, sixty years later we come to find out how much it really meant and how much it changed an entire country."