North Korean veterans of the Korean War typically arrive in Pyongyang by plane and train just prior to July 27, which marks the end of the Korean War in 1953. This year's National Conference of War Veterans falls on the 67th anniversary of the armistice agreement.
The event has only taken place five times since 1993, with four of the previous conferences held under Kim Jong Un: the fifth in July 2018, the fourth in 2015, the third in 2013, and the second in 2012. Kim did not always attend the conferences, but he sometimes took part in photo sessions with veterans. In 2015, Kim made a speech during the event, offering his ‘noblest respects’ to attendees who fought in the Korean War.
An agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting.
The Korean War came to a halt with an armistice agreement on July 27, 1953— a date that has since been memorialized as an important DPRK holiday.