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Memorial Day in Korea
Date 2005-03-15 오후 1:30:52 View 1991
June 6, 2004
Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Memorial Day, which falls on June 6 every year, is a day dedicated to the repose of those who fell in defense of the country and to the memory of patriotism and the sacrifices rendered by the fallen heroes as well as the bereaved families.

June is the month, in which many of our young men rendered their ultimate service to the nation with the onset of the Korean War on June 25, 1950, and June 6 happens to be Mangjong, one of the 24 seasonal divisions, in which the old custom of performing memorial services for ancestors is retained. According to historical records, in the fifth year of King Hyeonjong of Goryeo Kingdom, the royal court returned the ashes of fallen heroes of the war so their bereaved families could observe memorial services for them.

In 1956, when the government proclaimed June 6 as Memorial Day, it coincided with Mangjong. At the time, the day was set aside as a legal holiday to remember the sacrifices of the soldiers and policemen who died in the line of duty during the Korean War. Since Memorial Day of 1991, however, the nation has expanded the scope to include all those who rendered ultimate service for the country.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs sponsors various annual events in the month of June in memory of fallen heroes and patriots and to inculcate patriotism among the citizens.