Will Biden attend Korean War monument event?

Will Biden attend Korean War monument event?

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual meeting at the White House in Washington, D.C., Monday (local time). Biden expressed hope that he could return to work in person this week after recovering from COVID-19, as the question arises as to whether he will attend Wednesday’s event marking the completion of a new Korean War memorial monument in Washington. EPA-Yonhap

War of Remembrance to honor fallen US, Korean soldiers

By Jung Min-ho

 

U.S. President Joe Biden expressed hope Monday (local time) that he could return to work in person this week after recovering from COVID-19, as the question arises as to whether he will attend Wednesday`s event marking the completion of a Korean War memorial monument in Washington, D.C.

At the ceremony unveiling the Wall of Remembrance, which will be a permanent addition to the Korean War Veterans Memorial, Veterans Affairs Minister Park Min-shik will read out a message from President Yoon Suk-yeol as the two nations celebrate the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 war.

In his first public appearance at a virtual meeting since Friday, the day after he was infected, Biden, 79, said he was “feeling great” and hoped to come out of isolation “by the end of this week.”

In theory, Biden can attend the event. Ashish Jha, coordinator of the White House response to COVID-19, said Biden will be able to resume in-person duties if he tests negative for the virus Tuesday ― his fifth day of isolation.

However, given that many old military veterans, who are in a high-risk category for COVID-19, will attend the event, Biden may avoid crowded places for a while. U.S. CDC guidelines advise against travel for 10 days.

Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs officials told The Korea Times that the ministry is preparing for two different scenarios and it is unclear who will attend the White House if Biden fails to attend the event.

Along with Minister Park, Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup, Representative Lee Jong-sup of the People Power Party, and SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-won will attend. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and hundreds of Korean War veterans and their families are expected by the United States.

The Wall of Remembrance displays the names of 43,808 U.S. and South Korean soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. The latest addition to the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is set to be dedicated on Wednesday. Yonhap

 

The wall, the latest symbol of the Seoul-Washington alliance, bears the names of 43,808 US and South Korean soldiers killed during the devastating war that ended in a ceasefire.

Park, who paid tribute to the heroes who fell at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, said that the name “wall of memory” means “never forget the heroes who gave their lives in support of liberal democracy in South Korea.” Said.

His statement was made when North Korea was preparing for its seventh nuclear test. Minister Lee and military experts believe the administration is “very likely” to do so later this week. The United States will meet to discuss a timeline for joint military exercises and the deployment of US strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula.

Veterans Affairs Minister Park Min-shik, left, pays his respects to the fallen heroes of the Korean War at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Monday (local time). Yonhap

Park visited the home of US Army Colonel William Weber in Maryland on Sunday to pay tribute to the family of Colonel, a veteran of the Korean War who died in April. So he presented his widow, Annely Webber, with a name tag in honor of the victim.

The construction of the wall was proposed by a small number of US Congressmen in 2011. Weber was one of the masterminds behind the work on the project, which the South Korean government allocated 26.6 billion won ($ 20.4 million). Other sponsors include the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, the Korean Veterans Association, and SK President.

 

Credit/Source : KoreaTimes

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