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Veterans of the Korean War honored at Punchbowl

Irwin Cockett, Jr Irwin Cockett, Jr
Ronald T.Y. Moon Ronald T.Y. Moon

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - 60 years after the start of the Korean War veterans and victims were honored Friday. A traditional dance kicked off the ceremonies at Punchbowl.

On June 25, 1950, communist North Korea crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea sparking a three-year conflict that killed about 40,000 Americans. Friday, military, cultural and political figures laid wreaths to remember the 456 men from Hawaii who lost their lives.

"Hold or die in place and hold we did at the cost of many of our comrades who lie beneath these holy grounds" said Korean War Veteran Irwin Cockett, Jr.

"We gather here today on this 60th anniversary to specifically remember and pay tribute to the thousands of Korean War veterans from Hawaii and across the nation" said former Hawaii Chief Justice Ronald T Y Moon.

Veterans spent the day sharing their memories of leaving Pearl Harbor in 1950 to fight in a country they knew virtually nothing about.

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