Rainbow Graces Sky over Korean War Memorial during Armistice Day Peace Vigil

Hundreds of people braved the extreme mid-summer heat to attend the 9th Annual Armistice Day Peace Concert and Vigil, which took place on July 23, 2016, Saturday from 6:00 – 8:00pm, at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, to remember the “Forgotten War,” to honor its veterans and victims, and to hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere conflict persists. Hosted by Remember 727, a group made up of local volunteers, the annual event commemorates the National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (July 27th), which marks the day the ceasefire treaty was signed on July 27, 1953.

The Korean War, which, which broke out on June 25, 1950, has technically not ended and is America’s longest war. From 1950-1953, the Korean War not only involved more than 1.8 million Americans, but also involved people of different backgrounds from a total of 25 nations in 6 continents. There was a very eclectic mix of speakers and performances to reflect the global scale of the conflict.

Highlights included: Wreath-laying ceremony led by the Scottish American Military Society together with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lt. Col. David Davis, U.S. Army Ret., and Consul General Kim Dong Ki, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; and Candle-light Vigil that took place exactly at 7:27pm led by Sister Jenna (founder and director of Meditation Museum) and other local clergy including Rev. Robert Lewis, Rev. Dr. Channahsorah, Rev. Dr. Raymont L. Anderson, Chaplain Asma Hanif, and Pastor JC Moon.

Brief remarks were provided by Colonel Bill Weber, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, James Shekleton, Rolling Thunder (POW/MIA) Maryland Chapter 1, Susan Cox, Holt International adoption agency, Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, Silk Road Dance Company, and Jahye Kim, Hudson Fine Arts Foundation.

Performances were provided by New Hope Nanta (Korean fan dance and drumming), Stephen Korwin and William Connell (acapella, National Anthem), the Greater Korea Chamber Orchestra (Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile), Dave Tauler (saxophone, Amazing Grace), the Silk Road Dance Company (Dance of the Peri), Zarinah Mustafa (spoken word on war and peace), and the Hudson Choir by Newark School of Art (Heal the World and Arirang).

The program was emceed by Judi Rhee Alloway and Maj. Chris Chon (US Army). ASL interpretation was provided by Sonya Chavis, Leslie Gamage, and Rev. Raymont L. Anderson.

Special features included photo displays of the Korean War provided by Holt International adoption agency celebrating its 60th anniversary, as well as artwork from the Hudson Arts Foundation, which aims to promote peace through art.

A beautiful rainbow appeared, out of the blue, over the Washington Monument at 7:27pm as the peace vigil took place.

Visit www.remember727.org for more information. HannahKim@Remember727.org

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