Senate Passes Sullivan-Duckworth Resolution Celebrating US-ROK Alliance, Korean War Memorial Re-dedication

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced the Senate’s unanimous passage of their resolution thanking the Republic of Korea (ROK) for funding the new Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and celebrating the long-standing U.S.-ROK alliance. The dedication ceremony took place on July 27.

“Americans and Koreans gathered in D.C recently for a powerful dedication of a new ‘Wall of Remembrance’ at the Korean War Memorial,” said Sen. Sullivan. “The names of more than 36,600 Americans and more than 7,100 KATUSA soldiers—Korean Army personnel augmented into U.S. forces—are etched into marble and held in our nation’s memory forever. The South Korean government paid for most of the $22 million dollar addition, which now provides Gold Star families and Korean War veterans a sacred place to visit the names of their heroic friends and loved ones. I want to thank the Korean people for their enduring friendship, and my Senate colleagues for passing our resolution to recognize the significance of this event.”

“Americans and Koreans from all over the world come to Washington, D.C., to honor our fallen troops at the Korean War Memorial—a sacred place that will forever remind us all that freedom is not free,” said Sen. Duckworth. “I’m proud the Senate passed our bipartisan resolution to celebrate our alliance with the Republic of Korea and express appreciation for the collective effort to fund a new Wall of Remembrance at this memorial to help ensure the names of these brave heroes will never be forgotten.”

Below is the full text of the resolution.

Celebrating the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and the dedication of the Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on July 27, 2022.

Whereas, formed with the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty Between the United States and the Republic of Korea, done at Washington October 1, 1953, the United States-Republic of Korea alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity for Northeast Asia, a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and across the world;

Whereas United States-Republic of Korea military and defense ties are unwavering, and our ever-increasing economic, technological, diplomatic, people-to-people, and values-based bonds are strong and enduring; 

Whereas the United States commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea remains ironclad, and the alliance continues to work toward our shared goals of securing peace, stability, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the Indo-Pacific; 

Whereas the Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 27, 2022, with the names of more than 36,600 members of the United States Armed Forces who lost their lives in the Korea conflict, along with more than 7,100 Korean Augmentation to the United States Army personnel who died serving alongside them;

Whereas the names of the United States and Republic of Korean fallen are integrated to reflect the shared burden they bore to defend the Republic of Korea; and

Whereas the Republic of Korea and its citizens funded nearly the entire $22,000,000 cost of building the Wall of Remembrance: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate deeply appreciates and sincerely thanks the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for their generosity in funding the Wall of Remembrance, reflecting the shared sacrifice and common values of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance. 

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