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In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo, Mukgai, a South Korean who goes by his Buddhist name and plans to become a monk, offers a prayer for buried North Korean and Chinese soldiers who died in the Korean War at the "enemy cemetery," south of the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea. Hundreds of identical wooden grave markers poke out of the grass on the hill surrounded by rice paddies and trees, North Korea's dark mountains visible in the distance. Some are rotting; some have been knocked to the dirt; most have no names. (AP Photo/Hye Soo Nah)

In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo, Mukgai, a South Korean who goes by his Buddhist name and plans to become a monk, offers a prayer for buried North Korean and Chinese soldiers who died in the Korean War at the "enemy cemetery," south of the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea. Hundreds of identical wooden grave markers poke out of the grass on the hill surrounded by rice paddies and trees, North Korea's dark mountains visible in the distance. Some are rotting; some have been knocked to the dirt; most have no names. (AP Photo/Hye Soo Nah)

Korean War vets mark armistice

While South Korea

and the U.S.-led U.N. forces that fought in the Korean War call July 27

the 59th anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities between the Koreas,

North Korea calls it a celebration of "victory in the Fatherland

Liberation War." Technically, the two countries are still at war, as the armistice is only a temporary suspension of fighting.