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Invitation Program for Bereaved families of UN Korean War forces
Date 2011-10-31 오후 3:04:20 View 2180
◈ 27 people from 4 Commonwealth nations were invited ◈
◈ Visited to the UNMCK, other memorial facilities etc. ◈

From October 23rd to 29th, 27 bereaved family members from the four commonwealth nations of UN Korean War veterans who buried at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) have visited Korea by the invitation of the MPVA.

Those people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who stayed six nights and seven days in Korea visited the UNMCK for the first time where their beloved family members are laid to rest.

Especially, the Australian delegation consisting of the Honorable Warren Snowdon, Minister for Veterans Affairs and Australian Korean War veterans who visited Korea as part of the Australia-Korea Year of Friendship joined the family members at the UN Day ceremony in Busan and wreath laying ceremonies at war monuments in Gapyeong.

The family members also went to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the only place along the de facto border between North Korea and South Korea where the two sides stand face to face, and the Seoul National Cemetery. They also had an opportunity to experience and taste the Korean culture and tradition through a tour of Seoul city.

During their stay, Minister Park Sung Choon comforted them by hosting the reception on October 26 at 63 Building, a skyscraper on Yeouido island, overlooking the Han River in Seoul.

This bereaved family invitation program has begun in 2003 which marked the 50th anniversary of the Korean War outbreak. This is aimed at expressing gratitude of the Korean government and people and strengthening the friendship with UN member nations that fought in the Korean War. Up until last year, a total of 270 people from nine countries have come to Korea through this MPVA-sponsored program.

Currently, about 2,300 Korean War heroes from 11 countries are buried in the UNMCK.