2023 U.S. Veterans Day:  Veterans Built the ROK-U.S. Alliance

November 11, 2023 

2023 U.S. Veterans Day:  Veterans Built the ROK-U.S. Alliance

Americans across the United States have set aside November 11th each year for Veterans Day to remember and honor our Veterans who served around the world to protect the American way of life.  The freedoms, rights, and privileges we enjoy were earned by Veterans on battlefields on American soil and foreign shores.  Families of Veterans spent many nights worried about the dangers that loved ones faced and endured the heartache of separation.  These sacrifices were for noble causes that answered their Nation’s call to serve and to do their parts (and more) for all Americans.

For our Veterans who served in Korea, there is added meaning to serving on a foreign land … Korea Veterans proudly say that their service in Korea was worth it because Korea has risen to be one of the great countries in the world and one of America’s most important allies … only 70 years after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953.  This is the sentiment shared by 100 Korea Defense Veterans and their companions who participated in KDVA’s Korea Revisit on October 10-15, 2023.  These participants were very thankful that the ROK Government and Korean people remembered and honored them.  They have returned to their hometowns as energized ambassadors for the ROK-U.S. Alliance.  KDVA is proud to select these KDVA members for this amazing program each year.

American Veterans have served with their Korean allies in Korea for over 73 years and on deployments to Vietnam and the Middle East.  Together, they have been a force for good that has made a significant difference.

KDVA and the Korea-US Alliance Foundation (KUSAF) salute and sincerely thank over 1.8 million American Veterans who fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, and over 3.3 million American Veterans who defended, and continue to defend, South Korea and American interests since 1953. Together, “We Are the Alliance”!

As we remember our Veterans and their Families on U.S. Veterans Day, please use this day to support and thank Veterans in your communities.  You might also consider visiting a memorial dedicated to Korean War Veterans by using this KDVA link, Please consider joining KDVA and be part of KDVA’s 1st 10,000 members (we are over 9,400 and counting),

Curtis M. Scaparrotti
General, U.S. Army (Retired)
President, Korea Defense Veterans Association


Leem, Ho Young
General, ROK Army (Retired)
President, Korea-US Alliance Foundation


Download Release: Press Release_KDVA and KUSAF for U.S. Veterans Day_20231111

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