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Council commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire

Herefordshire Council will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire with a church service and afternoon tea in Hereford.

Over 100,000 British service personnel participated in operations in Korea between June 1950 and July 1953, as part of a United Nations force after North Korea invaded South Korea.  By the time an armistice was signed on 27 July 1953, over 1,000 British servicemen had lost their lives, while approximately 1,060 were taken prisoner of war.

The Korean War Veterans Association in Herefordshire along with veterans from across the country will gather at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Saturday 27 July to participate in a national commemoration of the ceasefire.

Herefordshire will commemorate the occasion the following weekend with a service at St Peter’s Church in Hereford at 3pm on Sunday 4 August.

Councillor Olwyn Barnett, Chairman of Herefordshire Council, said: “It is a privilege to be able to recognise the commitment of our armed forces personnel who participated in the Korean War.  The service will remember those who unfortunately died and honour our Herefordshire veterans, the youngest of whom is now over 80 years of age.”

“It will also be a great pleasure to meet our veterans and their families during afternoon tea at The Shirehall following the service.”