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The U.S. and South Korea, and several other allied nations such as Canada and Turkey, are preparing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean War.
Planning has been under way for three years now. The first commemorations are scheduled for June to coincide with the war's beginning.
Heading the effort for the U.S. is Army Undersecretary for International Affairs Gayden Thompson at the helm of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. It is handling the day-to-day planning for events, educational products and promotional materials. A similar committee led the worldwide commemorations for the 50th anniversary of WWII.
Thompson, who spoke at a recent meeting of veterans groups' representatives and tour operators, explained the goals of the commemoration. They are to thank and honor veterans and their families; recognize and …