South Korea commemorates UN troops’ sacrifices during Korean War

South Korea commemorates UN troops’ sacrifices during Korean War

Service members hold the national flags of the 22 countries that helped defend South Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War during a ceremony held in Seoul, Wednesday. Yonhap

South Korea held an annual ceremony on Wednesday to commemorate the victims of the UN forces killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, proclaiming that the fallen hero will never be forgotten.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs Day event was held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in downtown Seoul and was hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs under the theme of “Let’s Walk Together.”

Approximately 1,000 participants included veterans, senior government officials, and military personnel.

“At this point, North Korea is still threatening South Korea’s security,” Prime Minister Han Dax said in a speech commemorating the 69th anniversary of the ceasefire. “Korea will always remember the love of UN war heroes for humanity.”

Prime Minister Han Duck-soo delivers a speech during the Korean War U.N. Veterans Day event in Seoul, Wednesday. Yonhap

The Eighth United States Army band and the South Korean Defense Ministry band began the ceremony by playing the popular Korean folk song “Arirang,” played by the U.S. Army for the UN delegation who returned after the troops were signed.

 

After that, the flags of 22 countries that supported South Korea in the war appeared alongside the flags of South Korea and the United Nations. Various performances were also held in honor of those who fought under the UN flag in the three-year conflict.

Approximately 1.95 million soldiers from 22 countries fought to protect South Korea from the Chinese-backed invasion of North Korea. More than 37,000 people have died and 3,950 are missing.

The United States has deployed an army of 1.78 million, of which 33,686 were killed in the war.

South Korea is seeking dialogue and cooperation, so Mr Han said he will continue to take security-related measures based on a strong alliance with the United States. (Yonhap News Agency)

 

Credit/Source : KoreaTimes

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