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3rd round of Revisit Korea Program to be held
Date 2010-05-13 오후 4:09:11 View 1578

◈ Korean War veterans from US & Thailand to revisit Korea ◈

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA; Minister Yang KIM) holds the 3rd round of Revisit Korea Program for UN Korean War veterans from May 10 to May 15 for five nights and six days. Participants of this round are from two countries including the United States and Thailand.
82 Korean War veterans and their family members arrived this Monday (May 10) and will leave this Saturday (May 15). During the visit, they are scheduled to visit battlefields where veterans fought against the North Korean invaders, war memorials, the National Cemetery in Seoul and the Folk Village.

On May 11 at the welcoming banquet, Hyun In-taek, Minister of Unification presented a Thank-you framed message to all veterans to express the deepest gratitude to them for sacrifice and devotion they had shown during the Korean War.

Among 21 UN allied nations, the United States of America dispatched the largest number of troops of 1.8 million and suffered casualties of 137,000 soldiers including 37,000 deaths. Especially, the US forces successfully checked the advance of the Chinese Communist armies who surrounded 40km of the canyon area while suffering heavy casualties. This operation laid the groundwork for the counterattack of UN forces later. After this, UN forces were able to have the upper hand in the war.

Thailand was the first country in Asia to declare its intention to participate in the Korean War and dispatched about 6,300 soldiers. The country suffered about 1,270 casualties including 129 deaths. Thai soldiers had to go through not only fierce battles but intense cold. The bravery of the Thai battalion unit was explicitly demonstrated in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. In this battle, the Chinese forces attacked the hill three times, but Thai soldiers successfully defended the hill till the end with hand-to-hand fighting and counter strikes. With this battle, the Thai soldiers came to have a nickname, “Little Tiger.”

With the aim of expressing the sincere gratitude to Korean War veterans and offering an opportunity to them to see how remarkable development Korea has made after they left, the MPVA has been inviting veterans of the UN forces and their family members since 1975. About 26,000 people have revisited Korea until 2009. The scale of this program is to be much expanded in 2010 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The total number of invitees from 21 UN allied nations would reach 2,400 this year who will visit Korea for 11 times from April to November.
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