60 years since Korean War

Korean War veterans will gather at the National Arboretum near Lichfield in Staffordshire today to marks 60 years since the end of the war.

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Korean veterans mark 60 years since end of war

Korean war veterans gathered at the National Arboretum near Lichfield in Staffordshire today to marks 60 years since the end of the war.

British forces served as part of a United Nations coalition, after Communist North Korea invaded the South, in June 1950.

Nearly 1,100 British service personnel died in the conflict.

ITV News' Nick Thatcher reports:

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Korean veterans remember at anniversary service

The service will mark sixty years since the conclusion of hostilities in Korea Credit: ITV News Central

Up to 1500 British veterans of the Korean War are expected to attend a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire later.

It is taking place to mark sixty years since the Armistice, which signalled the conclusion of hostilities.

The event has been organised by the British Korean Veterans Association.

Key facts about the 'forgotten' Korean War

Here's a look at what you need to know about the Korean War. Today marks 60 years since the signing of the armistice agreement that ended the fighting.

  • June 25, 1950 - The invasion of the Republic of Korea (ROK) by the North Korean People's Army (NKPA) begins what would be the Korean War.
  • July 27, 1953 - Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Chinese People's Volunteers and the UN sign an armistice agreement, ending the fighting.
  • There has never been a peace treaty, so the Korean War has technically never ended.
  • The casualty toll had been reported as 54,246 until June 2000, when the Pentagon acknowledged that a clerical error had included deaths outside the Korean War theatre in the total.
  • The US sent about 90% of the troops that were sent to aid South Korea.
  • The first war with battles between jet aircraft.
  • The truce talks lasted 2 years and 17 days.
  • Nearly 1,100 British servicemen died in the conflict.
  • It is referred to as 'The Forgotten War' because of the lack of public attention.

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Korean war veterans to mark 60 years since end of war

Korean war veterans will gather at the National Arboretum near Lichfield in Staffordshire today to marks 60 years since the end of the war.

British forces served as part of a United Nations coalition, after Communist North Korea invaded the South, in June 1950.

Nearly 1,100 British service personnel died in the conflict.

Korean War veterans walk down after paying a silent tribute during a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary. Credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
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