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ROK Alliance Day – October 1, 2024

ROK Alliance Day is observed on October 1 annually. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty in 1953, marking the beginning of the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea. The Korea Defense Veterans Association (K.D.V.A) established this day in September 2021 as a national day to celebrate the millions of American and Korean veterans who fought in the Korean War and served in Korea since the Armistice Agreement was signed in July 1953. Its goal is to give Americans and Koreans a calm and secure living.

History of ROK Alliance Day

The United States military has played a significant role in influencing public opinions of the United States in Korea, as well as in the creation of the South Korean state. This relationship dates back to 1945 when the United States military government administered South Korea directly under General John Hodges until 1948. Since the start of the Korean War in 1950, the partnership has been forged in blood. 36,516 Americans perished, pushing North Korean troops out of the South and up to the Yalu River border with China during that battle.

The U.S military assisted in the establishment of the Republic of Korea and has maintained a physical presence in the country for virtually its entire history. North Korea invaded the Republic of Korea and started the Korean War during the brief period after U.S forces departed Korea in 1949, underscoring the importance of the connection. In Pacific Asia, North Korea continues to pose a threat to both South Korean and American interests. North Korea was involved in 1,439 serious provocations between 1953 and 2003.

Approximately 28,500 U.S troops are now stationed in South Korea. Leaders in the United States are losing patience with the idea of assisting wealthy allies while their own economy is in difficulty, and resources are being squeezed due to the Budget Control Act of 2011. In many ways, the United States Secretary of Defense’s visit to South Korea in April 2015 represented a microcosm of the alliance’s past and future.

ROK Alliance Day timeline

The U.S Military Government

The United States military government administers South Korea.

The U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty

The signing of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty takes place.

The U.S. Secretary of Defense Visits

The United States Secretary of Defense visits South Korea.

ROK Alliance Day

The Korea Defense Veterans Association (K.D.V.A) establish ROK Alliance Day in September.

ROK Alliance Day FAQs

Who established Korea?

Joseon Dangun

Is America required to defend South Korea?

Both countries must work together and independently to build their deterrence strategies.

Who was victorious in the Korean War?

The Korean War was won by neither side.

How to Observe ROK Alliance Day

  1. Show your support

    Both Americans and Koreans can remember this historic day by hosting events in their own nations. We may write encouraging notes, show our support for our veterans, and share their war tales from Korea and America.

  2. Look into the alliance's history

    The ROK Alliance Day was formed in 1953, following World War II. Read about what happened before, during, and after the treaty alliance.

  3. Publish on social media

    Use your platform to spread the word about this historic event. Invite others to join in, and share stories and information from the day.

5 Interesting Facts About ROK

  1. Shares military duties

    The costs of their mutually beneficial military duties are shared by the United States and South Korea.

  2. F.D.I source

    In the United States, South Korea is a rapidly rising source of Foreign Development Income.

  3. High Income

    The number of Americans working for South Korean corporations is rapidly increasing, and they earn more on average than workers for other foreign companies.

  4. Friendly relations

    South Korea is one of America's most welcoming countries.

  5. Fight against cybercrime

    South Korea is a key U.S. partner in the fight against cybercrime.

Why ROK Alliance Day is Important

  1. Long-term resource preservation

    It develops a strong working connection for the long-term preservation of resources. They collaborate to prevent, dissuade and eliminate illicit, unreported, and unregulated (I.U.U) fishing, for example.

  2. Collaboration in the Cyberspace

    The U.S. and the Republic of Korea are committed to expanding their cyber cooperation. The goal is to maintain cyberspace's openness while improving its security.

  3. It depicts both countries' shared history

    The ROK Alliance Day was formed in 1953. This day commemorates the shared history of South Korea and the United States of America.

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