Washington residents gathered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Olympia to commemorate the 59th anniversary of the armistice signing that ended the Korean War. A wreathlaying ceremony was held and included the unveiling of the name of Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard L. Harris of Spokane. Harris was captured during the Battle of the Chongchon in November 1950, while serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in North Korea. In 2005, his remains were found in a mass burial site in North Korea and returned for burial at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent in April of this year.
Consul Chan-sik Yoon of the Korean consulate in Seattle spoke at the event, thanking the veterans for their service. A reported 535 Washington residents lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. (end)