Korean War Commemoration

Lt. General Daniel Leaf
Lt. General Daniel Leaf

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii war veterans remember a historic day in world history: the Korean War which began 57 years ago Monday.

More than 1.1 million people died in the 3-year-war.  Current and retired servicemembers gathered to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

Korean American War Veterans say South Korea would not be free if the U.S. had not intervened.

U.S. military officials hope democracy will eventually prevail on the Korean peninsula.

"We should be encouraged to know that our victory, our final victory in Korea is inevitable," said Lt. General Daniel Leaf. "Right, liberty, freedom and compassion will prevail.

Korean Americans credit the U.S. with the success of South Korea today.

It is among the top ten economies in the world.

More than 30,000 U.S. soldiers died or are missing in action from the Korean War