JOINT SECURITY AREA, South Korea — A 21-nation delegation of diplomats and Korean War veterans marked the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice Saturday as wary North Korean troops provided a reminder that the Demilitarized Zone remains a potential flash point for renewed conflict.
Korean War veterans say all they have to do is see the country’s prosperity today to realize their efforts and hardships were worthwhile. About 200 delegates from 21 countries were on hand for the ceremony at Seoul National Cemetery. For many, it was their first return to South Korea since the armistice was declared in 1953.
About 200 people gathered outside Osan Air Base’s main gate Friday to protest the 51st Fighter Wing decision to ban servicemembers from six juicy bars in the adjacent Songtan Entertainment District found to be promoting prostitution.
It was hardly the blowout victory the soldiers enjoyed 364 days earlier, but Aquil Garner and Army had enough in the tank Saturday to survive a tenacious combined Navy-Marine Corps squad 20-12 at Seoul American High School’s Sims Field.
Once a favorite destination for travelers on the Hippie Trail, this idyllic provincial capital high in the Hindu Kush mountains is now famous for what’s not there. Three glaring holes in the cliffs that rise over the town tell the story of what Bamiyan lost 12 years ago.
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