August 2, 2018

This story from Wednesday didn’t get the attention from the media that it deserved.  There were so many more exciting things to report on, like scandals and trials and partisan fighting.  But to many Americans, there was nothing more important than the return at long last of the remains of the soldiers who went off to fight in the Korean War over 60 years ago and never returned home.

As part of his deal with President Trump, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un released repatriation cases containing the remains of 55 fallen soldiers.  They arrived in Hawaii and were welcomed by Vice President Mike Pence in a solemn ceremony at Hickam Air Force Base at which a military band played hymns and each flag-draped container was accompanied by one Marine, one sailor, one soldier and one airman.  Pence, whose father fought in Korea, said, "Today, they are known but to God. But soon, we will know their names, and we will tell their stories of courage."

There are still 7,699 U.S. service members listed as unaccounted for from the Korean War.  These first remains will have to undergo forensic tests to identify them so their families can finally have closure – or to determine if they are all Americans.  This is only the beginning of a long process.  But it’s a hopeful beginning that Kim will keep his word, and that the heroes who died in what is sometimes called “The Forgotten War” will not be forgotten. 

Please click the link to read more about this story.  It may come from 1953, but it’s today’s most important news.




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