In a somber ceremony, 55 remains, who are believed to be American Korean War service members, were repatriated at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wednesday afternoon.
The audience, which was made up by Vice President Mike Pence and Korean War veterans, watched as each of the American flag draped caskets was offloaded and brought into Hanger 19.
The remains come after the in-person meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un.
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“Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war, but today we prove these heroes were never forgotten,” Pence said during his speech. “Today, our boys are coming home.”
“Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war, but today we prove these heroes were never forgotten.” Yesterday, Vice President Pence participated in an Honorable Carry Ceremony welcoming home the remains of 55 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Korean War. pic.twitter.com/t6NoLqLcGg
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 2, 2018
“Our nation has worked tirelessly to keep our sacred promise: to leave no man behind,” he added.Kat Wade/Getty Images
With the remains having been returned to the United States, the Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Agency, a Department of Defense outfit, now has the difficult task of identifying them, which could take months, according to The New York Times.