News From the GRHS
Commemoration Of The Korean War Truce
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society (GRHS) and the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale will mark the 60th anniversary of the truce ending the Korean War with a ceremony this Saturday, July 27, in Ridgewood.
After successfully partnering for the 75th anniversary exhibit of the Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade, Linda Monte, GRHS president, and Paul Schottenhamel, chair- men of the memorial committee, agreed to mark this significant milestone with a commemorative service at the Onderdonk House, located at 1820 Flushing Ave.
As part of the events, the GRHS will have an exhibit on the Ridgewood Korean Monument and on the history of the Korean War. Participants include Commissioner Terrance Holliday of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs and former State Sen. Serphin Maltese, a Korean War Veteran, will deliver the keynote address.
Maltese represented New York's 15th State Senate District from 1988 through 2008 and continues to support the community.
On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Sovietbacked Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War.
By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself.
After some early back-and-forth across the 38th Parallel, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them. Meanwhile, American officials worked anxiously to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia and China—or even, as some warned, World War III.
Finally, in July 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some five million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. The Korean peninsula is still divided today.
The Korean War Commemorative Committee would like to invite the community, veterans and active service men and women and their families to join us at the ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. at the Onderdonk House. Following the ceremony, there will be refreshments, entertainment, tours of the Onderdonk House and the Onderdonk House and grounds will remain open for the rest of the afternoon.
The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House is a Blue Star Museum, committed to supporting our Active Service men and woman and their families by provided free admission to the Onderdonk House from Memorial Day to Labor Day and supporting recognition of their service and that of our veterans through programs and events.
This event is funded in part from public service grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of New York, supported by City Council Members Diana Reyna and Elizabeth Crowley and by members of the GRHS and in partnership with the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale.