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The 56th Anniversary of the Korean War Participation by the Voluntary Students Militia from Japan
Date 2006-11-01 오후 5:01:18 View 3358
- On the Sep. 29th at the Korean War Monument in Subong Park, Incheon


- Out of 642 veterans participated in the war, 265 returned to Japan and 242 remained in Korea


With participation of 300 officials from various organization, including the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Park, Yu-chul, the Chairman of Incheon city council, Park, Chang-kyu, Head of Japan district office of Student Volunteers in Japan Association, Kwon, Dong-guk, and members residing in Japan and Korea, the ceremony marking the 56th anniversary of the Korean war participation by the voluntary students militia from Japan was held at the Korean War monument for voluntary students militia from Japan in Incheon Subong park on Friday, Sep. 29th, hosted by the Student Volunteers in Japan Association (Chairman, Yu, Seung-ho).

The ceremony included commemorative remarks by the chairman of Student Volunteers in Japan Association, congratulatory remarks by the minister of patriots and veterans affairs and congratulatory address, speech of encouragement, dedicating poem, giving three cheers.

After the ceremony, the Student Volunteers in Japan Association prayed before the graves of voluntary student militia from Japan in the National Cemetery. Also, it had a memorial service for the war dead at the Memorial Tower in Manghyang, Cheonan and paid tribute to the loyal dead who sacrificed for the nation.

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, 642 young men and students stopped doing their work and study and voluntarily called up the student militia to join the 1st U.S. troop and the 3rd division and participated in the Incheon Landing Operation with the U.N. forces early Sep.1950.

Then the student militia participated in the major battles where 135 of them lost their lives, 265 survivors returned to Japan and the remaining 242 stayed in Korea. Some of them assigned to Korean Army.

The Korean students militia, who were free from the responsibility of participating in the war, has been the symbol of patriotism in the world as it was formed and fought for the nation as many as 17 years earlier than the Israeli student militia who entered into the Middle East war.

In 1968, the Korean government designated the voluntary student militia from Japan as national meritorious persons and began to compensate them for their sacrifices. In addition, to pay tribute to their noble spirit to safeguard freedom and democracy of the nation by participating in the war, the government granted Military Merit Reward to 317 veterans, whose whereabouts were confirmed, out of 642 in Jan. 1967 and decorated additional 45 veterans in 1997.

The Student Volunteers in Japan Association erected the `Memorial Monument for the Korean War students militia from Japan` in the National Cemetery in 1973. In 1979, they also built the `Korean War Monument for students volunteer from Japan` in Sunong park, Incheon to commemorate the Incheon Landing Operation, which they first participated in, and have been holding commemorative ceremony every year since then.


Deputy Director, Sung-hyun Jang (International Affairs)
shjang7@mpva.go.kr

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