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현충일: Memorial Day in South Korea

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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 claimed the lives of many eventually led to the political division of Korea.

현충일 was declared a public holiday on April 19, 1956.

ugcOn this day, the South Korean flag is lowered to half-mast. Some houses and business establishments display the Korean flag on their front doors. A memorial ceremony is held in Seoul National Cemetery. Officials and citizens place flowers at the graves of those who died in battle. War veterans salute in front of the gravestone of their fellow soldiers. At 10 in the morning, a siren rings all over the country, and people offer silent prayers.

Yesterday, my husband and I saw some men decorating the streets of Hyewadong with colorful umbrellas. A note with a message of peace is attached to each umbrella. It is a peace campaign to honor and commemorate those who passed away during the Korean war and other compelling battles for what we all hope to achieve in this world, PEACE.

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5 thoughts on “현충일: Memorial Day in South Korea

  1. Yes, they are. I have friends in the military and they are braver than I could be.

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  2. That is very thoughtful, Martin. =) I have cousins who have joined the army. My uncle is a retired US navy. I respect what they did/do for the country. They are all honorable men.

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  3. I think that is a great way to honor those who died in the war, to read about their sacrifices and hear it from the veterans themselves.

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  4. The umbrellas are beautiful way to remember. In Russia we celebrate our veterans on May 9. They teach us this was the last day of World War II. I remember every year this day we read special literature about WWII and remember those who gave their lives for peace. many of us were lucky to meet those veterans and hear first hand about the horrors of war.

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  5. I thank all the soldiers, Korean and those from other countries who fought during the Korean War. Your dedication and hard work has paid off to allow the citizens of South Korea to enjoy a good life. Thank you!

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