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2019 Turn Toward Busan International Memorial Ceremony

2019 Turn Toward Busan International Memorial Ceremony

  • Date2019-11-08
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<p style="margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 18pt;">Turn Toward Busan International Memorial Ceremony in Honor of the Fallen Korean War Heroes</span></i></b></p>
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<p align="center" style="margin: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 14pt;">&lsquo;The World Turns Toward Busan for One Minute at 11:00am</span></i></b></p>
<p align="center" style="margin: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 14pt;">on November 11, 2019&rsquo;</span></i></b></p>
<p align="center" style="margin: 1em 0px; text-align: center;"><b><i><br></i></b></p><b><i><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Sam-Duck) said the Turn Toward Busan International Memorial Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on November 11, 2019 at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea in Busan, under the theme of &ldquo;Moment to Be One, Turn Toward Busan.&rdquo;</span></i></b>
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<p style="margin: 26px 0px 0px; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">The international memorial ceremony is organized in honor of the UN Korean War veterans who made sacrifices for the freedom and peace of the Republic of Korea during the Korean War. Approximately 1,000 people including Korean War veterans and family members from home and abroad, and diplomatic missions to Korea are expected to attend the ceremony. The order of the ceremony includes one-minute of silence, march of the flags, wreath-laying, remarks, tribute performance, and choir performance.</span></p>
<p style="margin: 26px 0px 0px; line-height: 150%;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Prior to the ceremony, Minister Park Sam-Duck of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will visit the graves of and pay respects to James Patrick Daunt, the youngest UN soldier killed in action during the Korean War, Kenneth Wellington Norton, whose bereaved family will be visiting Korea, and British Korean War veteran Paul Joseph Keating. The three fallen Korean War heroes will be posthumously awarded with the Ambassador for Peace Medal for their noble sacrifice.</span></p>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">James Patrick Daunt, Australia: the youngest UN soldier killed in action at the age of 17 on November 6, 1951</span></p></li>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Kenneth Wellington Norton, Canada: killed in action on November 5, 1951 (his brother Mildred Timbers has visited Korea)</span></p></li>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Paul Joseph Keating, UK: killed in action on June 12, 1951 (his son William Keating has visited Korea)</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><br></p><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">When the siren goes off across Busan at 11:00am sharp, all attendees will pay respects to the UN Korean War veterans who were killed in action with one-minute of silence and 19 gun salutes will be fired in honor of their sacrifice and contribution.</span>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">In particular, Mr. Vincent Courtenay, a Canadian Korean War veteran who first proposed the idea of the Turn Toward Busan International Memorial Ceremony, will recite &ldquo;How Silent You Rest&rdquo; during the ceremony.<span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 16px;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></li>
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<p style="margin: 1em 0px; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * &ldquo;How Silent You Rest&rdquo; is written by Mr. Vincent Courtenay himself in honor of the fallen Korean War heroes.</span></p>
<p style="margin: 1em 0px; text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><br></p><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">In addition, Mr. Gary Steven DeAmaral Jr., the grandson of a US Korean War veteran, Mr. William Ronald Christensen (participation period: September 15, 1950-September 15, 1953,&nbsp; US 8<sup>th</sup> Cavalry Regiment), will narrate a story in honor of his late grandfather.</span>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Mr. Gary Steven DeAmaral Jr. started studying in Korea since 2015 with the scholarship that he was granted by the Korean government. He majored in Economics in Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and currently works at a major logistics company in Korea.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><br></p> <span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">To add meaning to the ceremony, Singer Ryu Hana will sing Amazing Grace in remembrance of the sacrifice and contribution of the UN Korean War veterans, followed by Singer Kim Yongjin and Little Angels singing I&rsquo;ll Be There by Michael Jackson in hopes for a brighter future. Finally, Black Eagles&rsquo;s commemorative air show will mark the end of the ceremony. </span>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Furthermore, the Revisit Korea Program inviting the UN Korean War veterans and family members, as well as Memorial Peace Concert will be held on the occasion of the Turn Toward Busan International Memorial Ceremony.</span></p></li>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">The Korean government will invite 116 UN Korean War veterans and family members from 17 nations for 6 days beginning from November 8, 2019 to express and convey our nation&rsquo;s appreciation and sympathies for their sacrifice. </span></p></li>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">The Memorial Peace Concert that will be held at Lotte Concert Hall at 8:00pm on November 12, 2019 will be attended by approximately 2,000 audiences including the UN Korean War veterans. </span></p></li>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">In particular, marking the first UN Week designated by Busan city, various events including the Peace Festival, Peace Conference, and Peace Walk will be held across the city.</span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br></span></p>
<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-size: 12pt; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Meanwhile, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs asked for &ldquo;the active participation of the Korean citizens in the one-minute of silence at 11:00am on November 11, 2019 toward the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Busan, which is the only United Nations cemetery in the world.&rdquo;</span></p></li>
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<p style="text-align: justify; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 150%; font-family: 굴림; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; -ms-text-justify: inter-ideograph;"><span style="line-height: 150%; font-family: Georgia,serif; font-size: 12pt;">Paying a silent tribute to the direction of Busan, the city where the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea is located, in honor of the UN Korean War veterans was first proposed by Mr. Vincent Courtenay. Since 2007, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs has been organizing the ceremony on every November 11, at 11:00am. </span></p></li>
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