58 years ago today, the armistice was signed ending the Korean War. Korea was divided at the 38th Parallel at the end of World War II. That left Korea with two governments. In June of 1950, the North invaded the South. A United Nations force, led by the United States, entered the war in defense of the South, and after three years of fighting the border was again established at the 38th Parallel.
To local residents who served in the Korean War, like Jim Olson, this is a day of remembrance for the 33,686 Americans who lost their lives in Korea. There were also 2,830 non-combat American casualties, and 8,176 Americans missing in action.