FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 27, 2017
KOREAN WAR VETERANS HONORED ON ARMISTICE DAY BY VICTIMS OF COMMUNISM
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation commends veterans who sacrificed their “blood and treasure” in the Korean War; calls for freedom in North Korea
Washington, D.C. – In honor of today marking National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, Marion Smith, Executive Director of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC), offered the following statement:
“Despite its label as the ‘Forgotten War,’ the more than 100 million victims of communism have never forgotten those brave veterans who fought on the Korean peninsula to halt the spread of communism. These heroic Americans sacrificed their blood and treasure so that the Korean people could live freely in a democratic country. Without their sacrifice, the brutal Kim regime of North Korea would control the entire peninsula. America’s Korea War veterans literally saved the lives of over 50 million South Koreans.”
Smith added: “Today, we bow our heads in remembrance of those who did not make it back to our shores. Meanwhile in North Korea, the Kim regime forces its citizens to bow in front of the mausoleum of its ‘Eternal President’ Kim il-Sung and his son. North Korea is the site of some of the world’s most horrifying human rights abuses, and anyone who expresses dissent is silenced by imprisonment in the country’s gulags. With the recent death of Otto Warmbier, the North Korean regime now has more American blood on its hands. America must remain resolved in its commitment to the Korean people by advocating for freedom from this violent totalitarian country that continues to threaten our national security. We should not stop until human rights are respected in Pyongyang.”
For more information or to schedule an interview with Marion Smith, VOC Executive Director, please contact Ayla at [email protected] or (202) 629.9500.