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PHOTOS: Obama marks 60th anniversary of Korean War truce

"Here in America, no war should ever be forgotten and no veteran should be overlooked," Obama said Saturday.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

"Here in America, no war should ever be forgotten and no veteran should be overlooked," Obama said Saturday.

Roy Aldridge of the Korean War Veterans Association salutes during a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the Korean War, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, July 27, 2013. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama on Saturday thanked the 1.8 million Americans who risked their lives in the Korean War, and said the veterans who returned to the U.S. deserved a better homecoming than what they received 60 years ago.

“Ask these veterans here today and many will tell you: compared to other wars, theirs was a different kind of homecoming,” Obama said in a speech at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall.

In paying homage to a conflict sometimes referred to as the “Forgotten War,” Obama said unlike World War II, the Korean War did not galvanize the country, nor did it tear America apart as did the Vietnam War.

“Among many Americans tired of war, there was it seemed a desire to forget—to move on.”

The war, which lasted from 1950-1953, ended 60 years ago Saturday with a truce signing. More than 36,000 Americans were killed in the conflict that pit U.S.-led United Nations and South Korean forces against North Korea and China.

Obama hailed the legacy left by those who fought in the battle, and said the 50 million South Koreans who live in freedom—a stark difference from their countrymen in the North—were proof of their victory.

“Here in America, no war should ever be forgotten and no veteran should be overlooked,” Obama said Saturday.

A bugler stands nearby to play taps as U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) lays a wreath on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, July 27, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

US President Barack Obama walks alongside Korean General Jung Seung-jo (R), Chairman of Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, prior to laying a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the Korean War, during a ceremony in Washington, DC, July 27, 2013. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty)

A group from the Paralyzed Veterans of Korea watch as President Barack Obama speaks on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, during remarks at a commemorative ceremony near the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, on Saturday, July 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

President Barack Obama (L, back to camera) along with U.S. and South Korean dignitaries lay wreaths on the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, July 27, 2013. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)