News: World remembers war heroes’ sacrifice
Story by Cpl. Sang-cheol Lee
BUSAN, South Korea – Busan hosted annual United Nations Day to remember the war veterans and strengthen the relationships with the UN member nations on Oct. 24 at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Busan.
More than 800 people including the diplomats from the UN member nations, representatives of the United States Forces – Korea (USFK), war veterans, war bereaved and the Republic of Korea Forces soldiers participated in the 68th anniversary of the UN Day celebration. The purpose of celebration was to promote goodwill with the allied nations and honor the war heroes.
The 68th anniversary of the UN Day started off with a video that contains the appreciation for the Korean War combatant nations, letting the participants be deeply impressed. It showed the noble sacrifices of the war veterans and the image of Korea at war and developed Korea.
The celebration was continued with the remarks from the renowned personages: the Busan Mayor, Commission for the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea (CUNMCK) chairman and the Korean International Organizations deputy director-general.
Hur Nam-sik, Busan Metropolitan City mayor, expressed deep gratitude for the war heroes who dedicated their lives for Korea and the UN member nations who have given their full material and emotional support for Korea.
“On behalf of all Korean people, I would like to convey my deepest appreciation for the lofty sacrifices made by you and your families,” Hur said. “Koreans have never forgotten that the peace and freedom that we enjoy today would not have been possible without the sacrifices of war veterans and we will continue to cherish the legacy and memory of the heroes for generations to come.”
On the other hand, Mr. Park Chul-min, Korean International Organizations deputy director-general, revealed the Republic of Korea’s strong will to try the best to maintain not only the peace in Korean Peninsula but also the world peace as a member of the UN Security Council.
“Even though sixty years have passed since the Korean War broke out, the volatile state of neither war nor peace has continued and the threats to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula still remain,” Park said. “The ROK will continue to make every effort to contribute to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia and beyond.”
Hur and the 17 representatives of participants dedicated wreaths at the UN Memorial Cemetery with a lively sense of gratitude and lament.
After the floral tributes, the rifle volley and a moment’s silence made people think of those fallen heroes for the freedom deep down in their heart. The following commemorative performance by the Busan Municipal Boys & Girls Choir included lyrics pertaining to the wish for world peace and living together.
The ceremony concluded with a welcome luncheon at the Westin Chosun Hotel, which made the representatives of the UN member nations tied emotionally close.
The UN Day is a day to celebrate the composition of the UN on 24 Oct. 1945 in San Francisco, Calif. The member nations of the UN host celebration events for this anniversary on every 24th of October.
The UN, composed of 193 nations including the U.S., Russia, United Kingdom, France and China, was founded for war prevention, peace protection and international cooperation promotion in every level. It plays an important role as a world peace keeper by promoting disarmament and fighting famine, environment destruction and discrimination.
Today, the UN is still trying to make a better world that all mankind can live harmoniously in peace. Oct. 24 is a good day to think of their efforts and the freedom makers who sacrificed their lives.