NATIONAL VFW RITUAL – COMMEMORATIVE TRIBUTES
Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953)
The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North Koreans invaded South Korea, officially ended on July 27, 1953. At 10 a.m., in Panmunjom, scarcely acknowledging each other, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison, Jr., senior delegate, United Nations Command Delegation; North Korean Gen. Nam Il, senior delegate, Delegation of the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers, signed 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement.
It was the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. That evening at 10 p.m. the truce went into effect. The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document—no nation is a signatory to the agreement. Specifically the Armistice Agreement:
- suspended open hostilities;
- withdrew all military forces and equipment from a 4,000-meter-wide zone, establishing the Demilitarized Zone as a buffer between the forces;
- prevented both sides from entering the air, ground, or sea areas under control of the other;
- arranged release and repatriation of prisoners of war and displaced persons; and
- established the Military Armistice Commission (MAC) and other agencies to discuss any violations and to ensure adherence to the truce terms.
The armistice, while it stopped hostilities, was not a permanent peace treaty between nations.
President Eisenhower, who was keenly aware of the 1.8 million American men and women who had served in Korea and the 36,576 Americans who had died there, played a key role in bringing about a cease-fire. In announcing the agreement to the American people in a television address shortly after the signing, he said, in part,
“Soldiers, sailors and airmen of sixteen different countries have stood as partners beside us throughout these long and bitter months. In this struggle we have seen the United Nations meet the challenge of aggression—not with pathetic words of protest, but with deeds of decisive purpose. And so at long last the carnage of war is to cease and the negotiation of the conference table is to begin. . . . [We hope that] all nations may come to see the wisdom of composing differences in this fashion before, rather than after, there is resort to brutal and futile battle.
Now as we strive to bring about that wisdom, there is, in this moment of sober satisfaction, one thought that must discipline our emotions and steady our resolution. It is this: We have won an armistice on a single battleground—not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest.”
It’s VE Day! Never forget our WW 2 brothers and sisters who fought in Europe!
On January 19, 2019 during our River Road Clean up we took a few moments to remember the Vietnam Peace Accord.
Dec 7, 2018 Gathered with the student counsel of Boerne High School to remember Pearl Harbor.
Veterans Day at The Dodging Duck! Free beverage and Spam sandwich for Veterans. Thank you Dodging Duck for your daily support of Veterans!
October 9, we gathered together to remember the Start of Operation Enduring Freedom
October 2, 2018 VFW Post 688 Remember POW/MIA’s
September 21, 2018 VFW Post 688 Honored the POW/MIAs at the Dodging Duck restaurant in Boerne Texas, across the street from River Road Park where the Post does community service by keeping the park clean.
On September 11, 2018 VFW Post 688 remembered Patriots Day. Thank you to all first responders, service members and those who have served in the past, and all their families!
September 4, 2018 VFW Post 688 remembered the surrender of Japan in 1945, ending World Ware II fighting.
On June 7, 2018 VFW Post 688 gathered at Veterans Park Boerne Texas in commemoration of those who participated in D-Day June 6, 1944. The invasion of Western Europe by the Allies was the largest amphibious attack in history. Boerne lost nine courageous young men in World War II (WWII), who are remembered on a stone pillar in the center of Veterans Park. Still living in the Boerne area are three WWII veterans, one of which was called to action on D-Day.
VFW Post 688 Memorial Day Ceremony 2018 with residents of Heritage Place. Ceremonial Three Volleys, TAPS. Jim Manzo, CWO (Ret) played all four military branch songs and then “God Bless America” pausing in the middle and the residents sing the rest of the song acapella.
VFW Post 688 Memorial Day Ceremony 2018 – Boerne Cemetery events are as follows: Ceremonial Three Volleys, TAPS, Missing Man Formation Fly Over, Opening Prayer, Memorial Day Message, Recognition of gold Star Families, Colors full staff/National Anthem, Closing Prayer.
May 25, 2018 VFW Post 688 with the help of Boy Scouts and local families placed 712 American Flags on veterans graves at the Boerne Cemetery.
March 31, 2018 was the anniversary of Somalia 1995. We remember those who fought and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Somalia. Thanks to Greg Kuykendall who is our Somalia VIP for this event and to Mary’s Tacos for hosting us.
Today March 29, 2018 we are at the Dodging Duck Brewhaus in Boerne, TX celebrating with some our Vietnam Vets and families.
Thursday March 22nd, 2018 several members of VFW Post 688 remembered the war in Kosovo. Our VIP and Kosovo Veteran of the day is Holding the sign. Thank you Renita for your service in Kosovo!@ Cibolo Creek Brewing Co.
February 28, 2018 VFW Post 688 commemorated Kuwaiti Freedom.
Today January 27, 2018 VFW Post 688 commemorates the signing of the Vietnam Peace accord in 1973
Veterans Day November 11, 2017 A day filled with fun events. Including the first Veterans Day fly over in the history of VFW Post 688
September 29, 2017 VFW Post 688 met on Veterans Plaza at 1700 today to celebrate the 118th birthday of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
September 15, 2017 VFW Post 688 Honored POW/MIA with a Ceremony at Boerne Veterans Plaza
September 11, 2017 VFW Post 688 Delivered Patriots Day Cakes to Boerne Police Department, Fire Department and Kendall County Sheriffs Office
September 2, 2017 celebrating VJ Day Japan Surrendered this day in 1945 ending WWII
August 31, 2017 remembering our comrades who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom
July 27, 2017 we remembered our comrades who fought in the Korean War
Comfort, TX Independence Day Parade July 1, 2017
VFW Post 688 held a Memorial Day Ceremony May 29, 2017 at 1100. Thanks to all who came out to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
May 29, 2017 Flag retirement ceremony with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, and All American Heritage Girls.
Flags out on Veterans graves in Boerne Cemetery! Thanks to the community for all the assistance! The last pic is of a Cub Scout putting a flag on his grandfathers grave.
June 6, 2017 we remembered our Comrades who fought on D-Day.
In 1992, in response to a worsening famine, the United States assisted in the Somalia relief effort. Today, on the anniversary of the end of the Somalia Campaign (March 31, 2017), we thank all who served in the humanitarian mission and fought for peace.
Today (March 24, 2017) we remember all those who served in Kosovo. Please thank VFW Post 688 member Renita Reavis for her service in Kosovo!