Memorial Day

현충일: Memorial Day in South Korea

Today is 현충일 (Memorial Day) in South Korea. June 6th is a public holiday dedicated to soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country and civilians who died during the Korean war. The Korean War began on June 25th, 1950 when South Korea was invaded by North Korea. The war that lasted for three years and …

Memorial Day/현충일

June 6th marks the 58th Memorial Day in commemoration of the sacrifices made during the Korean War and others. In Busan, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans, some well into their eighth decade, gathered just inside the entrance of the UN Memorial Cemetery, greeting visitors, answering questions and re-telling their stories of sacrifice, hardship and honor in their involvement as soldiers. The cemetery is decorated with the altars of hundreds of young men not only from Korea, but from other United Nations countries such as Canada, the United States and Australia, among many others. Despite the intense heat, veterans and visitors payed their respects, offering moments of silence with their heads bowed as the ceremony took place.

Korean American celebrated as American war hero

In a list compiled by MSN for Memorial Day, Col. Young-Oak Kim (1919-2005) was named as one of 16 greatest war heroes to have served the United States. Kim, honored for his service during World War II and the Korean War, was a second-generation Korean American born in Los Angeles in 1919, The Chosun Ilbo reports. The newspaper also noted that Kim served as a combat troop and eventually became the first Asian American battalion commander.

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