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Ceremony to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the death of Patriotic Martyr Lee Bong Chang view
Ceremony to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the death of Patriotic Martyr Lee Bong Chang
Date 2010-01-27 오후 3:42:12 View 2697
◈ January 8, at Baekbeom Memorial Hall ◈
◈ Attended by 200 people to pay tribute to Lee’s patriotic deed ◈

The ceremony to mark the 78th anniversary of the death of Patriotic Martyr Lee Bong Chang was held on January 8 by the Commemoration Committee of Patriotic Martyr Lee Bong Chang. Lee was highly recognized with his heroic deed throwing a bomb at Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo. With his action, the pride and strong will for independence of the Korean people were known all over the world.

After collecting information that Emperor Hirohito was scheduled to attend a military parade on January 8, 1932 in Tokyo, Lee Bong Chang, born in 1901 in Seoul sneaked into Tokyo by disguising himself as a Japanese. When the Emperor appeared, Lee threw a bomb at the Emperor to assassinate him, but unfortunately this attempt ended in failure. Patriotic Martyr Lee was caught red handed and sentenced to death in September that year. Lee ended his honorable life at the Shigok Prison on October 10, 1932.

Lee Bong Chang’s courageous action holds a significant meaning given that Emperor Hirohito was a deified emperor by the Japanese people and it took place in Tokyo, a heart city of Japan.

His remains, which were then in Japan were brought back to Korea in June 1946 by Kim Koo, one of the most admired independence activists in Korea and buried in Hyochang Park in Seoul. The government awarded the Presidential Medal for National Foundation in 1962 to honor his ideals of saving the country.
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