Today, the nation remembers those Australians who served in the Korean War, on the anniversary of the 1953 Armistice agreement.
More than 17,000 served, 340 Australians lost their lives and more than 1,200 were wounded.
21 Nations provided military personnel, medical support or other assets to the United Nations effort in Korea, despite most still recovering from the impact of the Second World War.
Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses made an important contribution to this international endeavour, serving both during the conflict and in the post-armistice period which continued until 1957.
In Korea Australian service personnel earned international respect for their courage and endurance in battle. Today we pause to remember the service and sacrifice of our veterans and the debt of gratitude owed to them by all Australians.