Photo By Hyung Ju Moon | A class participates in a parade on Seoul American High School field holding their heroes' pictures that they presented May 21. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Moon Hyungju)
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YONGSAN, South Korea - Seoul American Elementary School students and teachers gathered together to commemorate the fallen soldiers who died while serving in the country at Seoul American High School football field, May 21.
The memorial celebration event started with the United Nations Command honor guard presenting the colors, followed by the South Korean national anthem and the American national anthem sung by students from SAES. Each class chose one hero, did research together, and a student from each class presented their chosen hero's biography.
“It is an honor to participate with all these patriots. Thank you to all those students, teachers and parents out front and behind the scenes who put together today’s Miles for Heroes event,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Dillon as a guest speaker.
He continued, “Memorial day was originally called Decoration Day and it started around 1868 after the Civil War when flowers were placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers to remember those who had died in the service to their nation.
“Even though this school is thousands of miles from the United States, you still honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Yes, you are a great school.”
There was UNC rifle team demonstration in order to honor the sufferings the fallen soldiers had to endure and their selfless dedication. Right after the demonstration, students from fourth grade and fifth grade sung “This Is My Country,” followed by first-grade students singing “God Bless the USA.” Lastly, a parade on the football field completed the event.
“By having this ceremony, students now have deeper appreciation of the sacrifices that the soldiers had made to secure freedom and also deeper connection to what the memorial stands for,” says Melissa Sauer, fifth-grade teacher at Seoul American Elementary School.
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