N.C. flags lowered to honor Korean War armistice

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH – All North Carolina state flags are lowered to half-staff for Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.

Gov. Pat McCrory ordered that state flags on all state facilities be lowered from sunrise to sunset Sunday. The N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 150,000 North Carolinians served in Korea between 1950 and 1953.

McCrory said their sacrifice is often overlooked, but tens of millions of people on the Korean peninsula are free because of their service.

Sunday is the 61st anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War. Estimates for the war dead vary between 2.5 million and 4 million.

The armistice has yet to be replaced by a peace treaty, meaning the two Koreas remain in a technical state of war.