In June 2010, the Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Project in Honor of the U.N. Korean War Veterans will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of one of the most tragic events in modern history — the Korean War. The Korean War has profound meaning to the Korean people, as it has ultimately resulted in the making of modern-day Korea.
On August 15, 1948, the Republic of Korea was established with a Constitution to guarantee its citizens equal rights, the right of individual freedom, and the right of individual happiness. Throughout the war that began on June 25, 1950, the Korean people faced very difficult and challenging circumstances. Nevertheless, their strong resolve and patriotic spirit guaranteed their national sovereignty, their freedom, and their human rights. Even after the fighting stopped, they had to overcome incredible obstacles and hardships. Today they stand as one of the strongest, most prosperous and wealthy democratic nations in the world.
The Korean people know that their survival and subsequent prosperity is nothing shy of a miracle, and they have never forgotten that if the American President Harry S. Truman had not made the decision to send American soldiers when the Korean War broke out, the Republic of Korea might not even exist today.
Following America’s initiative, 15 other U.N. member nations sent their soldiers to assist South Korea. An additional 5 nations assisted by providing medical units, and another 20 nations supplied other much-needed materials and assistance. The Korean War marked the first time in history that one nation’s freedom and independence were protected under the banner of the U.N. flag.
Together with America, 15 other nations paid a great price with their blood, sweat, and tears, many even giving their very lives. The Republic of Korea has been built on the foundation of these heroic soldiers’ sacrifices. Their precious blood still cries out from their graves today. The Korean people shall never forget the debt that they owe.
To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War, Korea and its citizens wish to send their sincere thanks and heartfelt appreciation to each of the 16 U.N. nations. They also wish to take this opportunity to proclaim to the world that freedom and independence are very precious gifts that should never be taken for granted. Such a proclamation is their duty, their honor, and their responsibility. Truly, they wish to bow down to the spirit of those soldiers (domestic and abroad) who sacrificed and gave their lives for the cause of freedom and independence.
We are told that there are still several hundred thousand Korean War veterans living in America and across the world. Since most of them are already approaching their senior years, it is necessary to move this project forward as quickly as possible, otherwise the Korean people will lose their opportunity to offer their comfort and appreciation to them and their families. The Korean people wish to offer a tribute to all U.N. Korean War veterans, and want them to know that their sacrifices were not made in vain.
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KOREAN WAR 60TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL COMMITTEE