<![CDATA[Gallery]]> ko 2019-05-23 오후 12:18:57 159 <![CDATA[Korean War Veterans' Descendants Network Program in Netherlands]]>  

2018-08-06 오후 6:23:15
<![CDATA[Korean War KIA/MIA/POW Families Visit Korea]]> 53 Family members of 27 KIA/MIA/POWs during the Korean War were invited for the closure for the first time in 60 years

They visited MARKI (Ministry of National Defense Agency for KIA Recovery and Identification) and attended the Honor and Tribute Ceremony for the Korean War Fallen and Nevada Outpost Battle Commemorative Ceremony, among other activities prepared for them.

2017-06-30 오전 9:45:37
<![CDATA[Visit to ROK-US Combined Forces Command]]> Minister Park Sung Choon visited the Korea-US Combined Forces Command (CFC) on December 15 and expressed his gratitude for the service and hard work of US service members.


Minister Park presented educational assistance check and a memento of a barbed-wire fence to USFK soldiers.

2011-12-19 오후 4:53:17
<![CDATA[Visit to 2nd Marine Division]]> ]]> 2011-12-19 오후 2:34:15 <![CDATA[New Vice Minister visited National Cemetery]]> ]]> 2011-12-19 오후 2:07:12 <![CDATA[Ceremony to Mark 1st anniversary of Yeonpyeong Island attack ]]> ]]> 2011-11-25 오후 2:39:00 <![CDATA[Turn Toward Busan Ceremony]]> ]]> 2011-11-15 오후 3:47:42 <![CDATA[Reception for Exemplary US Service Members]]> ]]> 2011-11-09 오전 10:17:24 <![CDATA[Farewell Dinner for Bereaved Families of UN KW Forces]]> ]]> 2011-10-28 오후 4:28:36 <![CDATA[Meeting with the Hon Warren Snowdon, DVA Minister]]> ]]> 2011-10-28 오후 4:21:47 <![CDATA[Minister Park to meet with Canadian Senator Yonah Martin]]> ]]> 2011-10-14 오전 11:33:40 <![CDATA[VHS Medical Center opened]]> The opening ceremony was attended by about 300 people including Minister Park Sung Choon and key officials. After the ceremony, Minister Park went up to the patient’s room and comforted those admitted in the hospital.
2011-10-11 오후 4:01:16
<![CDATA[2011 International Workshop on Veterans Affairs]]> ]]> 2011-10-07 오후 3:50:19 <![CDATA[Armistice Agreement & Gapyeong Battle Ceremony ]]>

2011-10-07 오후 3:39:56
<![CDATA[60th Anniversary of Gapyeong Battle]]> ]]> 2011-10-05 오후 2:07:22 <![CDATA[Imjin Battle Ceremony]]> ]]> 2011-10-05 오후 2:05:38 <![CDATA[Inauguration Ceremony for New Minister]]> ]]> 2011-03-02 오전 11:27:18 <![CDATA[Farewell Ceremony for Former Minister]]> ]]> 2011-03-02 오전 11:26:14 <![CDATA[Visit to CFC by Vice Minister Woo]]> ]]> 2010-12-21 오전 10:10:54 <![CDATA[Last Banquet of the Year]]> ]]> 2010-11-23 오후 3:13:08 <![CDATA[Invitation of Bereaved Family Members of Turkish KW Veterans]]> ]]> 2010-11-19 오후 2:20:21 <![CDATA[Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall]]> ]]> 2010-11-19 오전 11:38:24 <![CDATA[Welcoming Banquet for UN Korean War veterans]]> ]]> 2010-11-02 오전 10:15:30 <![CDATA[Ceremony for Liberation of Seoul]]> ]]> 2010-10-28 오후 3:51:02 <![CDATA[Banquet for disabled UN KW veterans]]> ]]> 2010-10-28 오후 3:28:38 <![CDATA[Commemoration Program Presentation]]> ]]> 2010-10-27 오후 3:55:07 <![CDATA[Visit by Jordan Military Delegation]]> ]]> 2010-10-06 오후 3:37:26 <![CDATA[Revisit Korea Program for UN Korean War veterans]]> ]]> 2010-10-06 오후 3:34:00 <![CDATA[2010 International Workshop on Veterans Affairs]]> ]]> 2010-09-16 오후 3:42:11 <![CDATA[Reception for descendants of independence patriots ]]> ]]> 2010-09-16 오후 3:30:17 <![CDATA[65th Independence Day]]> ]]> 2010-09-08 오후 1:52:15 <![CDATA[Scholarship Program ]]> ]]> 2010-09-08 오후 1:50:57 <![CDATA[Closing Ceremony of the Peace Camp]]> ]]> 2010-08-09 오후 2:30:23 <![CDATA[Welcoming Ceremony of the Peace Camp]]> ]]> 2010-08-09 오후 2:27:04 <![CDATA[2010 Peace Camp for Youth]]> ]]> 2010-08-09 오후 2:13:50 <![CDATA[NZ Prime Minister's Visit to War Memorial]]> ]]> 2010-07-29 오전 10:31:13 <![CDATA[Meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense ]]> ]]> 2010-07-29 오전 10:09:32 <![CDATA[Memorial Service of Kim Koo]]> ]]> 2010-07-26 오후 2:14:33 <![CDATA[Presentation of the Book to Dutch Veterans]]> ]]> 2010-07-26 오전 11:38:17 <![CDATA[60th Anniversary of Korean War]]> ]]> 2010-07-26 오전 11:26:30 <![CDATA[60 Years of Military Partnership between UK & Korea]]> ]]> 2010-07-13 오전 11:00:36 <![CDATA[First Ball Throwing by Minister Kim]]> ]]> 2010-07-13 오전 10:53:30 <![CDATA[Minister Kim to provide special lecture at KNDU]]>
The lecture was attended by about 200 people including professional soldiers and director-level officials from various ministries.

Minister Kim said the importance of the national merit reward is ever increasing due to the recent deadly sinking of a warship in March. He stressed that offering appropriate reward and compensation for those with distinguished service to the nation is a duty and obligation of the government.

Minister also added that as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, the Korean government and people should keep in mind the sacrifice of UN Korean War veterans and repay them for their dedication.

Minister Kim concluded his lecture by saying that the ministry would continue to be committed to creating a climate where sacrifice and devotion of national merit recipients can be remembered and respected for good.
2010-06-03 오후 4:21:58
<![CDATA[4th round of Revisit Korea Program]]> ]]> 2010-05-26 오후 3:38:29 <![CDATA[Minister Kim to meet Ethiopian Ambassador to Japan]]> ]]> 2010-05-03 오후 3:46:31 <![CDATA[1st round of Revisit Korea Program for British Commonwealth]]> ]]> 2010-05-03 오후 3:45:32 <![CDATA[Minister Kim to meet Canadian Ambassador]]> ]]> 2010-05-03 오후 3:42:31 <![CDATA[Minister Kim Visited UN]]> ]]> 2010-03-19 오전 9:46:57 <![CDATA[Minister Kim meets French Ambassador]]>
Minister Kim briefed the ambassador on various commemorative initiatives to mark the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

2010-02-25 오전 10:38:40
<![CDATA[Korean War Commemoration Committee Meeting]]> ]]> 2010-02-16 오후 5:20:56 <![CDATA[2010 Kick-off Meeting]]>
Minister delivered his new year’s message and staff members made a fresh start after pledging to strictly implement integrity pacts.

2010-01-20 오후 5:25:54
<![CDATA[Visit to ROK-US Combined Forces Command]]> ]]> 2009-12-31 오전 11:48:45 <![CDATA[Luncheon with bereaved families of Chaplain Russell Blaisdell]]>
The late Chaplain Blaisdell is credited with getting 1,059 war orphans out of Seoul to Jeju Island by using an US Air Force cargo plane during the Korean War.

2009-12-24 오후 1:50:46
<![CDATA[The 70th Anniversary of the Day of Fallen Patriots ]]>
The ceremony held under the title of "Spirit of Fallen Patriots Became a Flame and Hope" was attended by 700 or so people including the prime minister, government representatives, families of fallen patriots and independence activists.

2009-11-17 오후 9:43:13
<![CDATA[100th Anniversary of Martyr Ahn Jung-geun's Patriotic Deed ]]>
In the ceremony held under the title of "Patriotism of 100 years, Prosperity of 1,000 years" in Seoul was attended by the 1,200 people including prime minister, government representatives, members of the Korea Liberation Association.

At the ceremony, personal history of martyr Ahn was read, congratulatory performance was staged followed by speeches, and then military song of Independence Army was sung in unison and the attendees shouted hurray three times.

2009-10-30 오후 9:40:45
<![CDATA[Visiting of Families of Those Laid in the UN Cemetery ]]>
They stayed for 7 days from Oct. 21th(Wed.) through 27th(Wed.).

Minister Kim hosted a reception for the visiting families on Oct. 25th to console the agony of bereaved families whose beloved ones are laid in a foreign land.

2009-10-28 오후 9:38:37
<![CDATA[MPVA Minister Meets Minister of Defense in Thailand]]> ]]> 2009-09-25 오후 9:36:32 <![CDATA[Completion of Repairing Korean War Monument in the Philippines ]]>
The monument was built to honor the noble spirit of sacrifice and solidify the friendly relationship between the Philippines and Korea and was repaired and a ceremony of congratulating the completion was held at Manila National Cemetery at 11 AM, Sep.23th local time (at 10 AM in Korean time).

2009-09-23 오후 9:35:20
<![CDATA[Revisit of Korean War Veterans ]]>
Minister Kim Yang gave a welcoming speech.

2009-09-17 오후 9:29:33
<![CDATA[International Workshop on Patriots and Veterans Affairs ]]>
Mr. Wu Mu-seok, vice minister of MPVA, gave an opening speech.

2009-09-11 오후 9:21:58
<![CDATA[Unveiling Ceremony of the Monument for Korean War Participation]]> ]]> 2009-08-04 오후 9:20:09 <![CDATA[Kim Koo's 60th anniversary memorial service]]>
Lee Myong-bak, the President of South Korea encouraged to national reconciliation and unity and unification of South and North Korea to follow in Kim Koo`s footsteps.
2009-07-20 오전 10:41:21
<![CDATA[MPVA builds cooperation among future generations through Youth Peace Camp(July 1st to July 7th) ]]>
Peace camp participants were from Australia(20), Canada(20), Columbia(20), New Zealand(10), EU(20), and Thailand(10). The peace camp for youth started from Busan where UN war veterans had entered. On July 2nd, a orientation was held at Nurimaru APEC House followed by paying a tribute to UN cemetery. On July 3rd, participants toured Historic Park of Geoje POW Camp and moved to Seoul. On July 4th, they payed a tribute at national cemetery and visited the DMZ. After the closing event(July 6th), participants departed Korea for their countries on July 7th.

Especially, the Minister emphasized the mutual understanding and continued exchange among participants who are third generation of the Korean War for the peace in the Korean Peninsula and the World.

Also, the journey aims for building a cooperative relationship for the generation and making the positive national image of the Korea.
2009-07-15 오전 10:09:15
<![CDATA[The 7th anniversary of the 2nd Yeonpyeong naval battle ]]>
Nearly 1,500 people including Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, Gyeonggi province governor Kim Moon-soo, bereaved families, the wounded, students, and citizens attended the ceremony.

The ceremony began with a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by commemoration performance and commemoration speech. After the ceremony, Chamsoori 357, the ship used during the 2nd Yeonpyeong naval battle and Ulchimunduk(KDX-1) opened to the public.

To honor the courage which the heroes had showed and the sacrifice which they had made, government have held the commemoration since 2008.

The 2nd Yeonpyeong naval battle occurred on June 29, 2002. North Korean patrol boats crossed the NLL and opened fire on their Southern counterparts. 6 south Korean soldiers were killed, including Lt Cmdr. Yoon Young-ha and 18 soldiers were injured. About 30 North Koreans were killed and injured and the North Korean vessels were heavily damaged.
2009-07-14 오후 2:02:21
<![CDATA[Commemoration of the 54th Memorial Day ]]>
The ceremony began in silent tribute with siren sound at 10:00 AM, followed by laying flower, burning incense, memorial performance, commemoration remarks,and singing the Memorial Day song.

About 5,500 people including President LEE Myung-bak, key government officials, distinguished figures from various fields, bereaved families of war dead and patriots, students and citizens attended the ceremony.
Especially LEE Jun-shin, the representative of the bereaved family whose air force pilot husband and son lost their life in the service for our country, and LEE hee-wan, an army captain who was wounded in his both leg during the 2nd Yeonpyeong naval battle, participated in the ceremony of flower laying and burning incense .

Similar ceremonies were simultaneously held throughout the country, especially at Daejeon National Cemetery and War memorials.

2009-06-10 오전 8:58:05
<![CDATA[A ceremony to celebrate the completion of NEW MPVA Seoul Northern District office building ]]> On May 21st, Seoul Northern district office of MPVA (Director: Ui-haeng LEE) held the inauguration ceremony for completion of New MPVA Seoul Northern district office building.
In spite of the heavy rain, about 250 people including MPVA minister Yang KIM, MPVA Seoul Regional director Byeong-gu LEE, Mayor of Dobong-gu Sung-gil CHOI and heads of MPVA relevant organization attended the ceremony.

2009-06-04 오후 3:29:28
<![CDATA[The 29th Anniversary of the May 18th Gwangju Democratization movement was held in Gwangju]]> The ceremony commemorated the students and citizens who participated in civil uprising against a military junta in Gwangju May 1980.
To remind and honor the noble sacrifice of students and citizens, about 2,500 people including key government officials, members of May 18 Democratization movement-related organizations, citizens and students attended the ceremony.

In addition, various events such as international symposium, commemoration photo exhibition will be held throughout May.

2009-05-21 오후 4:08:40
<![CDATA[The 60th anniversary of the Death of 10 brave soldiers ]]> The ceremony was attended by about 2,000 people including MPVA minister Yang KIM, the first Infantry division commander Hyen-don SHIN, soldiers, students and citizens.
2009-05-12 오후 1:46:33
<![CDATA[100th anniversary of the Death of Patriot Bethell ]]> About 500 people including MPVA minister Yang KIM , Britain`s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Martin Uden and bereaved family members participated in the ceremony.
2009-05-08 오후 5:29:11
<![CDATA[77th Anniversary of Maeheon Yun Bong-gil's Patriotic Deed in Shanghai ]]>
Vice minister Lee Jong-jung made the memorial remarks in this ceremony.
2009-05-06 오후 6:02:22
<![CDATA[Presentation on the commemoration for the 60th anniversary of the Korean war on 2010]]> ]]> 2009-05-06 오후 5:54:52 <![CDATA[Night for Korean War Veterans who Fought under the Flag of the United Nations ]]>

151 Korean War Veterans and ambassadors of Great Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand attended the dinner.

The veterans were conferred medals of "Ambassador for Peace".

2009-04-29 오후 2:54:43
<![CDATA[President Lee Myung-bak Pays Homage to Cemetery for the April 19th Revolution ]]>
2009-04-29 오후 2:44:30
<![CDATA[Members of the Agent Orange Victims Association in Vietnam Visit MPVA ]]> ]]> 2009-04-29 오후 2:37:39 <![CDATA[Challenge! Love for Nation Golden Bell!]]>
The MPVA minister gave the last goldenbell question to the contestants and presented the prize to the final winner. Singer Song Dae-gwan, "love for nation" promotion ambassador, appeared to enlighten the event.
2009-04-15 오전 10:56:03
<![CDATA[90th Anniversary of the Founding of Korea's Provisional Government ]]> ]]> 2009-04-15 오전 10:18:29 <![CDATA[Cartoon [90th Anniversary of the Establishment of Provisional Government]]]> ]]> 2009-04-02 오후 11:18:04 <![CDATA[99th Memorial Service of Martyr Ahn Joong-geun]]>

Minister Yang KIM gave a speech at the service attended by 300 people including heads of associations commemorating independence movement, members of the Korea Liberation Association and citizens.
2009-04-02 오후 11:13:06
<![CDATA[Yu Gwan-sun Awards ]]>
The ceremony was attended by more than 300 people and the MPVA vice minister Lee Jong-jung gave a speech.

2009-04-02 오후 11:00:55
<![CDATA[The 90th Anniversary of the March 1st Movement ]]> ]]> 2009-03-02 오후 11:23:57 <![CDATA[Committee for Ceremony Celebrating the 90th anniversary of the March 1st Movement]]> ]]> 2009-02-27 오후 12:22:39 <![CDATA[Luncheon with MPVA Publicity Ambassadors]]> ]]> 2009-02-27 오후 12:13:47 <![CDATA[Enactment of the March 1st Movement ]]> ]]> 2009-02-24 오후 3:43:39 <![CDATA[Minister Visits the National Cemetery]]> ]]> 2009-02-18 오전 12:21:22 <![CDATA[With Minister of State for Defence and Veterans of France]]>
During the thirty-minute meeting, Yang KIM, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and Minister Bockel discussed items of mutual concern. At the end of this meeting, Minister Yang KIM conveyed his appreciation to Minister Bockel by making a present of the special frame to him.

This meeting is expected to serve as an opportunity to more solidify the friendly relationship between two Ministries.
2008-12-16 오후 1:26:12
<![CDATA[The 69th Patriotic Martyrs Day]]>
Seung-soo HAN Prime Minister, Yang KIM MPVA Minister, government officials, citizens, patriots and bereaved families attended the annual commemoration service held in KIM KOO MUSEUM, Seoul, on November 17, 2008.

The commemoration ceremony was the 69th government-led event in honor of the patriots who sacrificed themselves for the independece of our nation.

* Before the main ceremony, they salute the Flags and National Anthem
2008-11-20 오후 6:36:44
<![CDATA[Turn Toward Busan]]>
Vice Minister of MPVA, government officials, citizens, sailors and bereaved families attended the commemoration service held in UNMCK, Busan City, on November 11, 2008 to remember veterans who sacrified themselves to defend our nation in the korean war.

* This commemoration ceremony was the first government-led event in honor of the fallen soldiers.

2008-11-17 오후 2:24:52
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-October]]>
To honor his contribution to the independence movement of Korea during the Japanese colonial rule, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Independent Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1988.
2008-10-16 오전 9:52:34
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-September]]> ]]> 2008-10-16 오전 9:50:21 <![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-August]]>
Yoo Dong-yeol was born in Pyeonganbuk-do in March, 1879. When he was 19, Yoo went over to San Francisco and then moved to Japan.
His military career started as he attended a preliminary school of a military academy.

Yoo founded an underground organization as an officer of the Korean Empire with other national activists. He planned to assassinate a pro-Japanese Korean minister. In 1909, Yoo left the military and joined in the National Debt Repayment Movement and engaged in independence activities of other underground organizations. His active involvement in national independence movement got the attention of Japanese authorities. As it became difficult for him to carry out independence movements due to Japanese oppression, he decided to move to Beijing in China.

Yoo actively participated in the efforts to raise fund for the National Independence Army at home and abroad including Beijing. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on a charge of his involvement in a conspiracy to assassinate a Japanese senior official. He served one and a half years of jail term.

Yoo played an important role in the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, serving as a state minister and the Chief of Staff of the Liberation Army. He took responsibility for military policies and activities of the Provisional Government.

He was abducted by North Korea during the Korean War and died in 1950.

To honor his contribution to the State, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Presidential Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1989.

2008-07-31 오후 8:57:31
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-July]]>
Ahn Gong-geun was born in July, 1889 into a Catholic family, as one of sons of Ahn Tae-hun and Ms. Jo in Hwanghae Province . In his youth, he attended Samheung School and learned Japanese and English languages. In March 1907, when he finished teachers college, he started teaching children.

After his elder brother, Ahn Jung-geun assassinated Ito Hirobumi on the railway platform in Harbin, Manchuria in 1909 and was arrested by the Japanese authority, Ahn Gong-geun visited his brother imprisoned in jail and returned home after national patriot Ahn Jung-geun was executed. As it became more and more difficult to perform the independence movement in Korea, he decided to move to Vladivostok with his brother, Ahn Jeong-geun.

In 1920, Ahn was designated as a special envoy of the Korean Provisional government to Russia, and he became the first ambassador of the provisional government to Russia in 1921. He actively engaged in raising funds for the independence movement through diplomacy.

Ahn joined the Korean Patriotic Society, which was created by and was under the leadership of Kim Gu (Baekbeom by his pen name), and volunteered to participate in operation of the organization. His activities were mainly focused on operating and managing the organization and later he was also in charge of operation and management of an organization with a special mission.

On May 30 in 1939, he disappeared in China. Unfortunately, his remains have not been recovered yet.

To honor his contribution to the independence movement of Korea during the Japanese colonial rule, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Independent Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1995.

2008-07-01 오전 9:20:48
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month- June]]>
Kim Won-sik

Kim Won-sik (? ~1908.6.26) was a national patriot who led a righteous army (Uibyeong) in the Gangwon province, Korea to fight against the Japanese and pro-Japanese Koreans and promoted anti-Japanese movement during the colonial rule. Little is known about his personal history.

In 1907, when Korea lost its national sovereignty to Japan and was forced to dismiss its soldiers, Uibyeong activities became widespread all across the country and Kim was one of leaders who actively participated in the fights against Japan. He conducted his anti-Japanese uprising mostly in the Gangwon province.

When the Uibyeong movement got fierce in and around the mountainous Gangwon province in 1907, the Uibyeong force he was leading fought with a 20-strong army armed with guns and from time to time he joined forces with other righteous armies in the Gangwon area including the one led by Lee Kang-nyun to achieve a brilliant war results. He and his Gangwon volunteer soldiers continued their heroic fight against the Japanese army, destroying Japanese police stations and looting Japanese logistics. They also inflicted their punishment on pro-Japanese Koreans. Kim died in a fierce fight with the Japanese force on June 26, 1908.

To honor his contribution to the country, the Korean government conferred posthumously on him the Independent Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1995.

2008-06-02 오전 9:05:52
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month- May ]]>
Park Jae-hyuk was an independence patriot who dedicated his life to reclaiming national independence and freedom during the Japanese colonial rule. He was a member of Uiyoldan, a underground independence activist group during the colonial period.

He was born in 1895 in Busan and was the only child of his father, Park Gwang-sun and his mother, Kim Chi-su. His parents sent him to schools where he was able to obtain modern education. In high school, he met independence activist friends like Choi Chun-tak and Oh Tak, and made up his mind to committ himself to redeeming national independence from Japan.

In 1913, he organized an association for independence movement along with his independence activist friends, and he moved to Shanghai since there were many difficulties in Korea in carring out the movement under the severe pressure of Japan .
Being engaged in trading business in China and Singapore, he kept contact with several independence activists. In 1920, he met Kim Won-bong in Shanghai, the organizer of Uiyoldan and he decided to join the group.
Uiyoldan was an anarchistic organization that was committed to conducting independence movement by means of assassination and underground activities.
Uiyoldan came up with a plan to bomb-attack Japanese colonial government offices in Korea but the plan was revealed being ended up nearly 20 independence activists being jailed.
He and other association members decided to take revenge and planned to bomb the Busan Police Office.

Mr. Park played a major role in bombing the police office and got arrested red-handed.
In 1921, he was sentenced to death. In jail, he went on a hunger strike as a demonstration of his objection to the Japanese colonial rule and passed away. His remains are now at Seoul National Cemetery.

In order to honor his contribution to the independence movement of the country, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Independent Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.

2008-05-01 오전 9:31:47
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-April]]>
Patriot Kim Sung-sook, known by his pen name Woonam, was born in Chulsan-gun, Pyunganbuk-do. He was an Independence Activist during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea and a political leader of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai.
Patriot Kim studied Buddhism and became a Buddhist monk. In 1919 March First Independence Movement, he tried to circulate copies of Declaration of Independence in his neighborhoods of Yangju and Pocheon, and he was arrested and jailed. After having been released, he went back to Bongsun-sa, the temple he served, for a while, but he became actively engaged in Independence Movement. In 1923, he went to Beijing with his five Buddhist friends and studied modern political ideologies. He joined many associations to share his ideology and his desire for independence. Kim himself also organized several associations and published institutional newspapers. In China, he was influenced by communism and leftist political ideology, and worked as a journalist, a translator and a professor. Around 1935, he got actively involved in national anti-Japanese movement again. In 1943, he was appointed as the Interior Minister of the Provisional Government and in 1944, he was appointed as one of members of State Council of the provisional government. He stressed that independence movements should be unified with the provisional government at the helm, and the government should not take side with any political parties and play the role of a troubleshooter resolving political conflicts. He also pursued a balanced diplomacy by saying the provisional government should establish diplomatic relationship both with the Soviet Union and the US. It shows he became inclined for the political platform of centrists.
He died in 1969 and buried in Paju-gun and transported to the National Cemetery in 2004.
In recognition of his contributions to the country, the Korean government conferred on him the Independent Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1982.

2008-04-01 오전 8:52:57
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the March 2008 ]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) announced Mr. Inhwan Jang as the Koran Independence Activist for March 2008 in honor of and recognition of his distinguished achievement and sacrifice for Korean Independence against Japan.

He is best known for his patriotic actions with Myeong-un Jeon. In 1908, he was part of the assassination of Japanese lobbyist Durham White Stevens who praised and supported the Japanese occupation of Korea(the Joseon Dynasty) as an adviser to the Korean government.

Inhwan Jang(1876 - 1930) was born and raised in the southern Pyongan province. He lost his parents at a very young age and lived in poverty, depriving him the opportunity to be educated. Later in his life he became a Christian.

In Feb. 1905, he emigrated from Korea to Hawaii in the U.S. as a labor immigrant. Shortly after he moved to California in 1906, he became involved in the Korean independence movement while living there, and joined the Daedong Bogukhoe of the local Korean Independence Association.

Durham White Stevens(1851-1908) was an American diplomat and later an employee of Japan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic adviser to the Korean government to advance Japanese propaganda in the United States. He was a passionate supporter and praiser of the Japanese occupation in Korea. He was also decorated several times by the Japanese government for his great diplomatic achievements for Japan. His pro-Japanese activities and statements provoked the Korean people, endangering his life.

Upon his arrival in the U.S. to visit his family, Durham White Stevens gave an interview with a San Francisco newspaper in which he stated that the common people of Korea welcomed the increasing Japanese presence in Korea. These statements infuriated the group members of the Korean Independence Movement. It provoked them to do something about Durham.

On the morning of March 23, 1908, Durham was shot by Mr. Inhwan Jang and fatally wounded at the ferry station just as he was to leave for Washington D.C. He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead on March 25. Mr. Jang was arrested and held without bail on a charge with attempted murder.

During the trial, Mr. Jang made a court statement: "I shot him because he was the main factor in the Japanese reign of blood-shed and oppression in Korea, and because he, as the head and adviser of the regime, was responsible for the deaths of our fathers, mothers and brothers in Korea."

Even though Mr. Jang would have preferred death rather than life in prison, he was ordered to serve a 25-year sentence and released from prison in 1919. He came back to Korea in 1927 and was married. After returning to San Francisco and suffering from his illness, he took his own life in 1930 and buried there. In 1975, he was reburied in the Seoul National Cemetery in Korea.

Mr. Inhwan Jang was posthumously awarded the Independence Medal of Honor for the National Foundation in 1962, in commemoration and memorial of his great love and desire for Korean Independence.

Jeon, Yongjin
02) 2020-5151

2008-02-27 오후 4:48:46
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the February 2008]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) announced Mr. Taesoo Moon as the Independence Activist for this February 2008 in honor and recognition of his distinguished achievement and dedication for Korean Independence.

Mr. Moon called for volunteers to serve and fight against the Japanese invaders. Mr. Moon had many victories against the Japanese military, thus helping Korean Independence make achievable. In 1913, Mr. Moon was arrested on charges with anti-Japanese Colonialism in Korea and ended his life in prison.

Mr. Taesoo Moon(1880.3-1913) was born and raised in Singi town Seosang-myun Hamyang County in northern Gyeongsang province and moved to Jangsoo County in northern Jeolla province at the age of 17.

The Russo-Japanese War was used by Japan as a reason to expand it`s military and political influences on the Korean Peninsula. After the Eulsa Treaty compulsorily made by Japan in 1905, Mr. Moon made preparations to fight for independence from Japan. He exchanged ideas with the well known Independence Patriot Ikhyun Choi for superior plans of action for freedom from Japan.

In 1906, Mr. Moon rallied citizens at Mooju County and northern Jeolla province in order to protect the people of Korea from Japan. Mr. Moon volunteered to command the armed forces and participated in battles for Korean independence approximately 60 times and at various locations making Korean Independence possible. His dedication and courage in battle made a difference in the struggle against the Japanese Colonialism.

In 1911, Mr. Moon was betrayed, his location was leaked to Japanese police and he was arrested. He was incarcerated in prison where he took his life in 1913 at the tender age of 34 in order to show his endless desire for Korean independence and expression of his noble will against the Japanese Colonialism.

Mr. Taesoo Moon was awarded the Independence Medal of Honor for the National Foundation in 1963, in commemoration and memorial of his great love and desire for Korean Independence.

Jeon, Yongjin
2008-02-19 오후 5:05:11
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the January 2008]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) announced Han-muk Yang as the Independence Activist for the month of January 2008 in honor and recognition of his ultimate sacrifice and devotion towards Korean Independence. He is one of the thirty three brave men in the March 1st Independence Movement. His radical ideas and dedication to the Korean nation caused his death in the loneliness of prison in 1919.

Han-muk Yang was born in Okcheon, Jeonnam Province in 1862. He enrolled in the Classical Scholar School at the tender age of eight and studied the Confucianism. His passion to study religion brought him knowledge of the world. He learned of Buddhism and Roman Catholicism, Christianity and many others.

In 1898, he went to Japan to further his studies. During his stay in Japan, he met several political refugees including Dong-Jin Kwon and Sae-Chang Oh from the Joseon Dynasty succeeded by the Republic of Korea. They were responsible for staging the support for the Enlightment Movement in Korea. He became a believer of Donghak religion after meeting Byung-hi Son, founder of the Donghak.

After returning to Korea in 1905, he established a research group for the constitutional government. He spread out the mass-educational drive for the constitutional monarch and published the constitutional government outline serially in a newspaper.

In 1909, after appointing to a spiritual teacher of the Cheondo religion, he focused on editing its doctrine book and played a key role in dedication to supporting humanity`s spiritual growth and development in his religious community.

After being informed of the plan for the Independent Cheer Movement against the Japanese Colonialism by Dong-jin Kwon and Se-chang Oh and many others, he became an active member and supporter. He reviewed the Declamation of Independence for Korea and other related documents and then put his signature on them as the delegation for people of Korea.

At 2p.m. on March 1st, 1919, he attended the Independence Declamation Ceremony, read the Declamation of Independence and shout out the Cheer Reciting three times at the Taewhakwan in Seoul. He was arrested on the spot with other Independent Fighters for the activity of anti-Japanese government and then taken to the Soedaemoon prison where he was pronounced dead on May 16, 1919 after being brutally tortured by the Japanese Police before trial.

Han-muk Yang was awarded the Independence Medal of Honor for the National Foundation in 1962, in commemoration and memorial of his great love and wish for Korean Independence.

Jeon, Yongjin
2008-01-04 오후 1:37:47
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the December 2007]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) announced patriotic poet Dong-ju Yoon as the Independence Activist for this December 2007 in honor and recognition of his distinguished achievement for Korean Independence as well as to celebrate the 90th anniversary of his birth.

Dong-ju Yoon (1917-1945) was born in China on Dec. 27, 1917 and raised in Seoul. He enrolled at the Kwangmyung Middle School after graduation from the Myungdong Elementary School. In 1941, one year before graduating from the Yonhi College, he made a collection of poems, titled, "Sky and winds and stars and poems`` including the renowned poem "Seo-shi." His aspiration for Korean Independence is reflected in every page of his poetry. Yoon went to Japan to study English literature at the Tokyo University in 1942.

In 1943 he was labeled a dangerous character and was constantly under surveillance by Japanese police. The accusations made against him were caused by his educational background and enrollment in the military academy in China. The same year he was arrested of instigating Korean students towards independence against the Japanese Colonialism and sentenced to two years. Those two years were served in the Hukuoka prison where he was pronounced dead on Feb.16, 1945 with the unclear cause of his death. Tragically his life was ended at the tender age of 28.

Dong-Ju Yoon was awarded the Independence Medal of Honor for the National Foundation in 1990, in commemoration and memorial of his great love and wish for Korean Independence.

Jeon, Yongjin
2007-12-10 오전 9:01:29
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-November]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Kim Jung-bok), in consultation with the Korea Liberation Association and the Independence Hall of Korea, designated Pastor Joo Ki Chul (1897.11.25~1944.4.21) who had the courage to stand up against bowing to idols and died in prison under the Japanese colonial rule as Independence Patriot of November this year, marking the 110th anniversary of his birth.

Pastor Joo was born in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do (Province) and entered college of commerce, Yonhi College (predecessor of Yonsei University) after graduating Osan School in 1916. But he quit the school owing to his bad health and came back home to devote himself to religious life as a deacon of a church.

When the March First Movement, or the Samil Movement, took place in 1919 in his hometown, he actively participated in the drive and he was elected chairman of Chosun Youth Corps when he participated in its organization meeting as a representative of Woongjin Youth Activist Group.

In 1936, he was appointed pastor of Sanjunghyun Church in Pyungyang, a birthplace of Presbyterian Church of Korea. At the time, traditional Christian schools in Pyungyang were on the brink of closure since they refused to bow to idols put up by Japanese. The Chosun government-general established so-called "countermeasure against Christianity" in February 1938, coercing Christian churches and congregation as well as students of Christian schools into bowing to idols and persecuted them if there was anyone who refused to do so.

In September 1938 when the National Presbyterian Church Association succumbed to the fierce oppression of the Japanese and decided that it is OK to bow to idols, Pastor Joo stood up against the decision and preached a sermon titled "determination of death" and appealed to the congregation to censure the unfair oppression of annihilating the patriotism of Koreans and refuse to bow before the idols. He was arrested by the Japanese Police, going through severe torture and strict surveillance. After being released, he didn`t bend his conviction and continued to anti-idol preach, he was arrested again on charges of lese majesty and violation of the Maintenance of the Public Order Act in July 1940 and died during his service in prison.

He was awarded Dongnip Jang (the Order of Independence) in 1990.

2007-11-08 오전 9:01:43
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month - October]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Kim Jung-bok) designated, in consultation with the Korea Liberation Association and the Independence Hall of Korea, Kwon Deuk-su (1877.10.4-1907.9.2) who led a righteous army(Uibyeong) in the Gangwon and Gyeonggi provinces to fight against the Japanese as Independence Patriot of October this year marking the 100th anniversary of his death.

Born in Yangju-gun, Gyeonggi-do in 1877, Kwon Deuk-su was raised in Paju-gun. When the Ulsa Treaty was made, he sold all his assets to raise military funds to reverse the faltering fate of this nation and went down to Yangpyeong to launch an uprising against the Japanese ruling. Afterwards, he continued Uibyeong activities in Yangju and Pocheon of the Gyeonggi province as well as in Hongcheon, Whacheon, and Chuncheon of the Gangwon province.

The Uibyeong force he was leading once grew to a 400-strong army and he joined forces with another righteous armies in Uijin including the one led by Min Geung-ho.

When the Uibyeong movement got fierce in and around Yangpyeong in August 1907, Japan plotted to suppress them and waged a flurry of fights with Uibyeong forces in the area from August 23 through 26.

Before engaging in the fights with the Japanese, Kwon encouraged the members of the Uibyeong force by saying "If we rather fight to death than live as slaves of the Japanese, our future generations will proudly live a life of grace." He died at the age of 31 in a fierce fight with the Japanese force on September 2, 1907.

He was awarded Aeguk Jang (the Order of Patriotism) in 1990.
2007-09-29 오후 8:59:16
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month – September ]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Kim Jung-bok), in consultation with the Korea Liberation Association and the Independence Hall of Korea, designated Park Shi-chang (1903.11.5~1986.6.7) as Independence Patriot of September this year.

Born in Shi-heung, Kyeonggi-do, in November 1903, patriot Park Shi-chang went to China and devoted himself to independence movement of Korea, assisting his father Park Eun-shik, until his father passed away in November 1925.

He dropped out of National Central University in Nanjing in 1925 and joined an army in Nanjing after graduating Huangpu (Whangpo) Military Academy. He also served for 8 years in Popular Revolutionary Army.

When the Shanghai Incident took place in 1932, he joined the Chinese Army to fight against Japanese. At around 1935, he helped to recruit cadets of Kim Gu Military Academy in China. He studied military science at the most prestigious military school in China.

He was named as a high ranking officer of the Liberation Army in August 1943 and in October 1944, he served as an advisor to the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea for two months. Being appointed as head of the Shanghai battalion of Korean Liberation Army in August 1945, he committed himself to safeguarding the lives and property of Korean people living in Shanghai and its adjacent area and helping Korean-born soldiers to return to their mother country.

He also returned to Korea in July 1946 and joined the army to participate in the Korean War. He retired as a major general in June 1959 and appointed as the 5th chairman of the Korea Liberation Association in 1976.

He was awarded Dongnip Jang (the Order of Independence) in 1963.

2007-09-03 오후 5:41:30
<![CDATA[Liberation Day Ceremony]]> ]]> 2007-08-17 오후 5:57:58 <![CDATA[Days of Great Patriotism ]]> Event organizers distributed "Great Tree of Patriotism" badges to citizens, stage a music concert, and hosted a variety of events.

2007-08-07 오전 11:29:41
<![CDATA[Bicycle Race to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Hague Special Envoys]]> Where: Peace Plaza in Olympic Park

2007-08-07 오전 11:21:55
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month- June]]>
Patriot Lee Wi-jong was a diplomat and independence movement activist during the the Empire of Korea. He was born in Seoul in 1887. He was fluent in 3 different languages including English, Russian, and French. He married a daughter of a Russian aristocrat the year Korea was deprived of its national sovereignty to Japan through Eulsa Treaty. He was the first Korean diplomat to marry a Russian woman.

Japan forcefully closed Korean embassies overseas, but Lee Wi-jong`s father, Lee Beom-jin, who was the Korean ambassador to Russia, defied such move and they continued unofficial diplomatic activities in Russia.

Emperor Kojong wanted to send representatives to the Hague Peace Convention of 1907 in order to try and reassert his soveriegnty over Korea so he appointed Lee Wi-jong as one of the 3 secret emissaries with Lee Sang-Sol and Lee Jun.

Thanks to his father`s support, Lee Wi-jong could deliver Emporer Kojong`s letter to Russian Emperor and asked for his help. Since Lee was fluent in several languages, he played a pivotal role in negotiations with foreign delegations aimed at appealing to the world`s great powers to invalidate the Eulsa Treaty and restore Taehan Cheguk`s national sovereignty.

Even though the Dutch press was positive about the Korean envoys, but foreign delegations were apathetic about their move and worse yet, Japan maneuvered to stifle the three emissaries` efforts to enter the convention. So they had public speech to let the world know that Japan annexed Korea under duress and announce the Eulsa Treaty was invalid. And he translated the announcement into French and English to send it to the secretary general of the convention, foreign delegations, and the world press on Jul. 27, 1907.

He performed a lecture under the theme of "an appeal for Korea" on Jul. 9, garnering an overwhelming support from the world press and foreign delegations.

But the reality was harsh. The destiny of Korea was irrevocable. When their efforts turned out to be a failure, Lee Jun committed suicide by self-immolation.

As a result, Emperor Kojong was abdicated and the Japanese court sentenced Lee Sang-sol a death penalty, and a life sentence to Lee Jun and the Lee wi-jong. (It is strange though that the court sentenced a lifetime imprisonment to the deceased.

His final days remain unknown till now. He was awarded Daetongnyeong Jang (the Order of the President) in 1962.

2007-06-07 오후 1:51:58
<![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month-May]]>
She was born in 1873 near Bihyun Satation, North Pyongahn Province. Her father had deserted his home before she was born, and her mother died when she was nine. She lived with her aunt until she got married at the age of 16. Unfortunately, however, her husband took opium and committed suicide after dissipating all family estate.

Despite her unfortunate childhood and marriage life, she did not let herself down and sought a new leash of life. As she accepted Christianity and modern way of thinking, she came to have a strong desire for learning. After graduating from Ewha School and School of Education in Sangdong at the age of 24, she became a teacher at an elementary school in Sangdong. And at 28, she became a supervisor at Ewha School. During this period, she organized the first Korean wives` association in history with Lee Jun. She later went over to Japan and graduated from Shinjeon Mission School and came back to Korea to teach at Pusan Gyubeom Women`s Middle School and Pyungyang Jinmyung Women`s School.

After the March 1 Movement took place in 1919, she took the lead in organizing "Maengsan Independence Group" and collecting funds for the anti-Japanese movement. When she and all the members of the Maengsan Group were arrested in August 1920 by the Japanese police while carrying out independence movement, she snatched the sword of the police and took his arm, letting all the other members of the group escape. She was sentenced to 6 months in prison for obstruction of justice. But by the time her prison term ended in November 1921, she was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the same charge.

After she finished her term, she established a private school to teach children in Hancheon, Pyungwon gun, and operated Chimyung School in Daepyung,Daedong gun. In 1928 she organized a Pyungyang branch of a women’s group called "Geunoohoe." When Geunoohoe was dismantled owing to the persecution of the Japanese, she devoted herself to business education of women. She organized women`s business organizations like "the Association for the Encouragement of Women`s Business Activities" in 1930 and "the Organizing Committee for Pyungyang Women’s Consumption Federation" in 1932.

For all her life, patriot Cho committed herself to the independence of Korea and the enhancement of women`s status. She led a very frugal life, wearing one cloth throughout the whole year, she never compromised in the face of injustice and she never got exhausted while she was going through such trials and tribulations to carry out independence movement.
After Korea`s liberation, she crossed the border into South Korea when she was excluded in the process of the establishment of the North Korean regime. She assumed the vice chairwoman of the Korean Women`s Association. When the Korean War broke out, she moved to Pusan and died in 1953 from briquet gas poisoning in a nursing home in Pusan.

In recognition of her contributions to Korea, she was awarded Aeguk Jang (the Order of Patriotism) in 1991.

2007-05-02 오후 6:10:46
<![CDATA[Memorial Service for those who contributed to the extablishment of the Korean Provisional Government]]> Location: Seoul National Cemetery

2007-04-23 오전 10:05:19
<![CDATA[Commemoration Ceremony held to mark the 88th Anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisio]]> * 1,000 people attended the ceremony including bereaved families of the Provisional Government Members, government officials, members of the Korean Liberation Association, Korean citizens, and students *
2007-04-20 오후 5:50:14
<![CDATA[The Sixth Annual Yu Kwan-soon Awards]]> ]]> 2007-04-04 오전 10:43:13 <![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month - April]]>
He was born on July 26, 1872 in the village of Ohhung-ri, Kangsuh County, South Pyongahn Province. He staged independence movement along with evangelistic activities as he was sent to Manchuria as a missionary in 1910. In 1912, he was arrested in Russia by Russian secret police, who were falsely informed by the Japanese police that Son plotted to assassinate Japanese Primier Gatzura in Harbin. He was released in 1914 after serving two years in Jindo, South Jeolla province.

Son participated in the March First Movement in February, 1919 in Korea and sought asylum in Shanghai and was appointed as the chairman of the government council (yi-jung-won) succeeding Lee Dong-nyung. In January 1920, he formed Yui-yong-dan, a Korean Millitia Group, with Kim Ku and Kim Chul and declared the purpose of the Association.

In August 1921, he was appointed Minister of Transportation of the Korea Provisional Government and then Chairman of the Korea Red Cross in February 1922. In August of the same year, he joined forced with Kim Ku and Yeo Woon-hyung to form Roh-byeong-hoe, or the Korean Worker Soldier Association and he supported independence movement.

Since 1923, however, the authority of the Provisional Government was unleashed and factional disaccord between independence movement groups got aggravated. Patriot Son tried hard to keep the Government in tact but his efforts were of no use. So he returned to Jirin, devoting himself only to Christian ministry.

He was also engaged in the preparation of taking census of farmers designed to improve the welfare of Korean people who were living in Manchuria in 1927.

In recognition of his contributions for Korea, he was awarded the National Foundation medal in 1962.

2007-04-02 오전 11:50:49
<![CDATA[Memorial service for Independence Martyr, Joong-geun Ahn]]> ]]> 2007-03-26 오후 5:23:55 <![CDATA[Memorial service for Independence Martyr, Joong-geun Ahn]]> ]]> 2007-03-26 오후 5:21:34 <![CDATA[MPVA Minister delivers "Descendents of Greece" to Greek Ambassador]]> ]]> 2007-03-23 오전 9:40:24 <![CDATA[69th Anniversary of the Death of Patriot Ahn Chang-ho]]>
2007-03-16 오후 5:43:48
<![CDATA[Delivery of Rice ]]> ]]> 2007-03-16 오후 5:43:14 <![CDATA[Commemorative Ceremony of the March 1 Movement ]]> ]]> 2007-03-16 오후 5:38:16 <![CDATA[Independence Patriot of the Month – March]]>

- One of the 33 representative independence movement activists how led the Proclamation of Korean Independence -
- Support the Kwangju Student Independence Movement as a vice chairman of Shinganhoe, the association of Korean nationalists against Japanese imperialism -

Patriot Kwon Dong-jin was born in Goesan, Chungcheongbuk-do. He entered a military academy at the age of 19 and got military training there. Afterwards, he was promoted to company officer of the army, head of Haman-gun, and then director general of Geomun-do island. He went over to Japan and studied Western knowledge and civilization for 10 years. Since he came back to Korea in 1906, he started to be engaged in enlightenment movement and he became converted to Cheondogyo to work as a missionary.

In 1919, patriot Kwon led the historic Proclamation of Korean Independence as one of the 33 representatives in Jongno and let the world know that Korea is an independent nation and the Korean people citizens of an independent nation. He was arrested by the Japanese police and served for 3 years in Seodaemun Prison.

After completing his prison term, he organized Shinganhoe in 1927, and when the Kwangju Student Independence Movement erupted the same year, he worked hard to organize pan-national civil independent movement. After the liberation of Korea, when the officials of the Provisional Government of Korea in Shanghai returned home, he devoted himself to establishing the orthodoxy of the Korean people.

Awarded the Daetongnyeong Jang (the Order of the President), an Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.

2007-03-06 오후 4:47:10
<![CDATA[Reenactment event of the March 1 Movement]]> ]]> 2007-03-02 오전 11:11:13 <![CDATA[Reenactment of the March 1 Movement ]]> ]]> 2007-02-28 오후 6:42:27 <![CDATA[Invite Descendants of Overseas Meritorious Persons of Korean Liberation]]>
On the occasion of the 61st Anniversary of the National Liberation, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yu-chul Park) hosted `Inviting descendants of overseas meritorious persons of Korean liberation` from Aug. 13th to 19th, where seventeen offspring of recognized contributors to the national liberation, living in Russia, Kazakhstan, the U.S., Canada and China attended. During their stay in Korea, the descendants of the independence advocates attended the liberation ceremony, visited historic independence relics, such as the Independence Hall of Korea and industrial facilities, and experienced Korean traditional culture. Through these various activities, the event was expected to help them to boost the pride for their motherland and to preserve and descend the noble patriotic spirit, and eventually to promote their sprit of community, which is a foundation for the national unity.

The invitees included offspring of Wi Huh, Wi-jong Lee, and Kyung-chon Kim who joined in independent militia and dedicated themselves for the nation`s independence in the Littoral Province around 1900s as well as those who are living in Russia and Kazakhstan. After arriving at the Inchon International Airport, they began their itinerary with worshiping at the National Cemetery in Dong-jak dong, then visited the Seodamun Prison History Hall and attended the 61st liberation ceremony held at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. They also went to the Independence Hall, historic relics in Kyung-joo city, Hyundai Motor factory in Ulsan city, National Museum of Korea, etc., and attended the dinner hosted by the Minister Yu-chul Park of the MPVA.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs plans to continue to host the inviting event for descendants of independence advocates living abroad to promote their pride as Korean and to enhance the sprit of community of 6.5 million Korean residents residing in foreign countries.

2006-11-08 오후 3:43:19
<![CDATA[The 56th Anniversary of the Korean War Participation by the Voluntary Students Militia from Japan]]>

- 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)

2006-11-01 오후 5:01:18
<![CDATA[MPVA Hosted 2006 Int'l Workshop on Patriots and Veterans Affairs]]> - Attended by domestic scholars and government officials from 5 countries including the U.S. in charge of merit reward policy

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs hosted `International Workshop on Patriots and Veterans Affairs` at Kim Koo Museum & Library, sponsored by the Korean Association for Patriots and Veterans Affairs Studies (Chairman, Young-ock Yoo), with participation of 150 people including Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Yu-chul Park, Chairman of National Policy Committee, Byeong-seug Park, military officers and Veterans affairs-related people from countries participated in the Korean War such as France and Canada.

The workshop was designed to compare Korea`s national merit reward policy to those of other nations through business and academic exchanges with officials from advanced countries including the U.S., France, Australia, and Taiwan. It also aimed at finding our policy direction for the future and laying a foundation for systematic studies of national merit reward.

Eleven merit reward-related people from six countries made presentations on `Compensation System for Injuries and Diseases that have a Weak Casual Relationship with Military Service` and `Medical and Welfare Services for Aging Veterans and Disabled Soldiers`, followed by in-depth discussion with panels.

The MPVA official said, "This workshop will provid a meaningful occasion where we can look for the political alternatives to meet the needs of aging beneficiaries. We also expect that it will serve as an opportunity for the Korean national merit system to be transformed into a more reasonable and promising one."

The official added that all participants from different countries are proudly working for the common goal, which honors and supports those who made sacrifices and contributions to their own country, and hoped the workshop would promote cooperation and exchanges among countries in terms of national merit reward policy.

Deputy Director, Sung-hyun Jang (International Affairs)

2006-10-04 오후 4:49:56
<![CDATA[The 26th Commemorative Ceremony Marking the May 18th Democratization Movement]]>
The 26th Commemorative Ceremony for May 18th Democratization Uprising was held at the 5.18 National Cemetery at 10am Thursday morning in the southern city of Kwangju to refresh the noble spirit of the democratic movement including democracy, justice and respect for human rights, and to promote national harmony and development.

The occasion attended by about 3,000 people including President Noh Moo Hyun, key government officials, meritorious persons and bereaved family members, members of May 18th related organizations, distinguished figures from various areas, students and ordinary citizens was held solemnly.

Starting from a memorial ceremony on 17th (Wed), the 5.18 Democratic Uprising Reenactment events will be held at Keumnam St and old Jeonnam Provincial Office area.
In addition, handwriting, youth speech and essay contests, Kwangju Human Rights Awarding Ceremony, and other hands-on and cultural events will be held throughout May.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)

2006-05-22 오후 3:09:02
<![CDATA[Open House Event on Children's Day]]>

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-05-10 오전 11:15:05
<![CDATA[The 87th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Provisional Government]]> Aimed at instilling patriotism in the Korean people

On April 13, the ceremony to commemorate the 87th anniversary of inauguration of the Korean Provisional Government was simultaneously held in Seoul and Shanghai, China. The Provisional Government was established by inheriting the noble sprit of the March 1st independence sprit demonstrating the will of the Korean people to reclaim the independence from the Japanese colonial rule.

In Seoul, the ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) took place at Kim Koo Museum and Library on April 13. At the ceremony, about 1,000 participants including major government officials, bereaved family members of patriots engaged in founding the Government, members of the Korea Liberation Association (KLA), representatives from all walks of life, citizens and students honored the significance and meaning the Provisional Government holds.

On the same day, the ceremony was also held in Shanghai, China by the MPVA and the Korean Consulate General in Shanghai in order to respect the values the Government pursued and inspire patriotism in the Korean people residing in China.

This ceremony was attended by about 300 people including Jung-bok Kim, Vice Minister of the MPVA, several important figures like former presidents of the KLA (Kyung-bin Yoon and Woo-jeon Kim), descendents of independence activists living in Shanghai, Koreans residing in China and Korean students studying in China. At the ceremony, brief history of the foundation of the Provisional Government, poetry recitation by the student representative and singing a commemorative song were carried out. And, the commemorative remarks of President Moo-hyun Noh were read by Vice Minister Kim.

Following the ceremony, the reception participated by Jung-won Juh, grandson of Boh-sung Juh who received the Order of Merit for National Foundation, descendents of independence activists living in China was held at the Korean Consulate General in Shanghai to encourage descendents of independence patriots and honor the significance of founding of the Provisional Government.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-04-17 오후 4:07:33
<![CDATA[Ceremony of 46th anniversary of March 15 Democratic Revolution]]>
The ceremony was attended by the Yu-chul Park, Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister, Tae-ho Kim, governor of South Gyeongsang province, Chul-gon Hwang, mayor of Masan city, members of the revolution-relation associations, citizens and students.

The Association plans to hold a variety of events from March 15 to April in Masan city and neighboring areas to inherit the spirit of the democratic movement. Events to be scheduled include photograph exhibition, marathon race and writing contest.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-03-16 오후 5:02:34
<![CDATA[Newly built Bohun-Education Research Institution]]> ]]> 2006-02-20 오후 6:03:07 <![CDATA[Newly expanded Veterans Support Center to be opened]]>
In the remarks, Minister Park stated that to support veterans is one of the major roles of the government to help veterans` successful transition to civilian life. He added that the MPVA would be committed to developing and upgrading the system designed to provide all round support to veterans.

One official from the headquarter of the army said that the government`s increasing effort to assist veterans to be smoothly reintegrated into their communities would boost morale of the army.

The new center is expanded by 2.5 times and has several spaces such as seminar room and resting place to exchange information and build friendship with other veterans. And the number of personnel for counseling was increased to 30 in an effort to mainly support those who served 5 to 10 years in the military. Plus, online education service is scheduled to be started from upcoming March.

In addition, along with the existing educational programs, the center plans to provide new and various ones by linking with the programs offered by universities.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-02-17 오후 6:21:30
<![CDATA[MPVA to report its tasks & plans for 2006 to the President]]>
With the aim of creating a society where National Meritorious Persons can live honorable lives, the MPVA set 5 policy tasks and 19 action plans. Those 5 tasks consists of `Establishment of future-oriented veterans` affairs system`, `Promotion of commemoration project`, `Improvement of medical & welfare service`, `Support for smooth transition to civilian life of veterans` and `Creation of veterans` associations contributing to the national unity`.

The followings are major policy tasks of the MPVA for 2006.

1. Establishment of future-oriented veterans system
The National Merit Reward Commission presided by the Prime Minister is scheduled to be launched in February. The commission is made up of 25 members including 11 ministers and 13 experts on related fields. As demands to expand the eligibility criteria for National Meritorious Persons intensify, the commission is going to designate the new criteria for NMP and formulate compensation principles.
Plus, it plans to come up with an appropriate compensation system targeting those who got sick during the service and devise a 5-year national merit reward scheme.
In addition, the MPVA aims to strengthen international cooperation in veterans` affairs by holding an international workshop on patriots & veterans affairs, publishing the Korean War participation history and inviting Korean War veterans and bereaved families from other countries.

2. Promotion of commemoration project
The MPVA has set the plan to enhance efficiency of judging achievements of independence patriots and to find out more than 500 independence activists. And it will re-publish 60 volumes of independence movement history by compiling movement areas, fields and ideologies of activists.
About KRW 31.5 billion and 30 billion will be injected to the Independence Hall of Korea and the Hyochang park to improve those facilities.
It is also aimed at transforming the National Cemetery in Daejon and other cemeteries into a place where people can take a rest and young students can have a fieldwork experience. In this regard, the MPVA will hold various events such as a writing test and a speech contest intended for children and adolescents at the Cemetery in an attempt to inspire patriotism in the general public.
The MPVA also will conduct a joint project with North Korea to find out remains of patriotic martyr Ahn Joong-geun.

3. Improvement of medical & welfare service
By investing KRW 176.4 billion, the MPVA is building the central Merit Reward hospital that have 1,400 beds. The construction of this hospital with tertiary healthcare service is scheduled to be completed in 2009. And, the MPVA will focus on replacing outdated medical equipment with the new one and increase the number of sickbed to resolve problems of backlogged patients.
In addition, the MPVA will build sanatoriums in 5 cities nationwide by 2010 for old National Meritorious Persons who have no one to take care of them.
Supportive measures for employment, education and loan are going to be strengthened and expanded continuously.

4. Support for smooth transition to civilian life of veterans
The Veterans Support Committee will put every effort to assist veterans to be fully reintegrated into their communities. Specific measures include to establish a system aimed at effectively managing human resources and to provide job replacement service to veterans.
The Veterans Support Center is going to take measures to enhance vocational ability of veterans and support them to be employed or start their own businesses. The center plans to increase the number of professional staff, to offer jobs to 1,000 persons who are not eligible for receiving pension, and to support money (KRW 20 billion) to 3,000 veterans to start business.
Veterans who served more than 10 years will be able to enjoy same benefits of education, medicine and loan with those with more than 20-year service.

5. Creation of veterans` associations contributing to the national unity
The MPVA is going to encourage the participation of association members by revising the articles of association and secure transparency in running profit-making businesses.
And, through innovation of the Korea Veterans Association, the MPVA intends to increase the welfare budget amount for association members to 35% (16.2%, as of 2005) out of the total.
Lastly, associations will be encouraged to take part in volunteer works by the MPVA.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-02-15 오후 3:25:23
<![CDATA[Interment ritual of Col. Young-oak Kim at Punch Bowl NMCP]]>
The ceremony was attended by about 100 persons including Yu-chul Park, Minister of Patriots & Veterans Affairs of Korea, Dyanne MaMath, niece of Col. Kim, Hang-geun Kwon, Military Attache of the Korean Embassy in the US, Dae-hyun Kang, Korean Consul General in Honolulu, Dae-yang Moon, chief justice of the supreme court in Hawaii and several officials from the US veterans associations. During the ceremony, Minister Park awarded the posthumous Order of Military Merit to Col. Kim on behalf of the Korean government.

Minister Park said that he participated in the ceremony to honor the deceased who contributed to enhancing pride of the Korean people and instilling patriotism in the people. The Minister added that it was very meaningful for him to attend the ceremony of Kim who set the example for young generation.

Remains of Col. Kim were buried at the Punch Bowl NMCP in Hawaii.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-02-07 오후 3:30:22
<![CDATA[Supervisory Authority of the National Cemetery in Daejon Transferred to MPVA]]>
With the Act on the establishment and operation of National Cemetery taken effect on January 30, 2006, control of the National Cemetery in Daejon established in 1979 is transferred to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs from the Ministry of National Defense.

The MPVA plans to provide upgraded service to bereaved families by reducing time taken after death to burial and improving various systems related to gravestone establishment and ashes box management.

The MPVA is also aimed at transforming the Cemetery into a place where people can take a rest and young students can have a fieldwork experience.

Based on this policy, the MPVA will hold various events such as a composition test and a speech contest intended for children and adolescents at the Cemetery in an attempt to inspire patriotism in the general public.

In addition, tour package connected with neighboring memorial facilities will be launched and unused space will be utilized as a resting place by the ministry.

The MPVA is preparing to carry out interment ritual without a setback by closely working together with the Ministry of National Defense.

Currently, about 32,000 national meritorious persons are buried and 41,000 memorial tablets are enshrined at the National Cemetery in Daejon.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-02-01 오후 4:10:31
<![CDATA[New Year's Message by Minister Park]]> -------------------------------------------------------

In 2005, the MPVA faced a number of challenges and trials while carrying out a wide range of policies and expanding our organization. However, owing to sustained efforts of all officials at the MPVA, we were able to witness that a lot of our long-cherished plans come to fruition.

In particular, by holding a variety of commemorative events aimed at promoting patriotism and coming up with measures to effectively manage memorial facilities home and abroad, we successfully created the circumstance in which patriotism was instilled in the minds of the people.

Thanks to unsparing support from all levels of society, a new stage was set to enhance the national spirit and encourage patriotism with transfer of control of the Independence Hall and the National Cemetery in Daejon to our ministry.

The Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward was enacted with the aim of implementing veterans affairs policy in a more systematic manner. And tireless efforts were made to establish the Veterans Support Committee in order to support veterans at a pan-governmental level.

The veterans budget for this year increases by 6.7% compared to last year and takes up 1.64% of the total government budget. And the amount of compensation is expected to increase as much as it did last year.


In 2006, we are going to implement veterans affairs policy under the vision of `The creation of society in which veterans and their families live honorable lives and the general public cultivates patriotism`.

Major tasks of the MPVA this year include the followings;

First, we have to set the mid-term direction, which can be realized through operation of the National Veterans Committee and establishment of the Basic Plan for National Veterans Affairs.

Second, we need to spare no efforts to spread patriotism among the people by further providing honorable treatment to those who sacrificed themselves for the country and holding various commemorative events. In addition, we aim to develop the Independence Hall into a place that holds significant meaning to the people and encourage the general public to enjoy visiting a lot of memorial facilities and the National Cemeteries.
Also, we are going to expand the reward system for meritorious persons for Korean Independence and closely cooperate with North Korea to find remains of patriotic martyr Ahn Joong-geun.

Third, with groundbreaking of sanatorium and the central veterans hospital and introduction of high-tech medical equipment, we plan to offer high-quality medical service to veterans and their families. And we will focus on giving convenience to veterans who are suffering from diseases and injuries by allowing them to receive treatment near their home.

Fourth, it is necessary for us to establish concrete supportive measures at a pan-governmental level designed to help veterans return to society and reinforce support for them. Specific measures involve operating the `Veterans Support Center` and expanding the vocational ability development program.

Last but not least, all of us at the MPVA should be committed to providing customer-friendly service to veterans and their families.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2006-01-03 오후 5:58:44
<![CDATA[Minister Park to receive a courtesy call from the French Ambassador]]>
Philippe Thiebaud, the newly appointed French Ambassador asked Minister Park to take part in the International Seminar on Veterans Affairs scheduled to be held in October next year in Paris.

In response to the invitation, Minister Park promised to participate in the seminar and asked the Ambassador`s keen interest and support for a variety of projects commemorating the 120th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Minister Park also requested to pay attention to bilateral exchanges occurring based on the MOU signed in 2003 between the Korean and the French veterans affairs ministries.

With Loic Frouart, the French Defense attache present, the Ambassador expressed gratitude to the MPVA for providing support to the memorial service of the French soldiers who participated in the Korean War.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2005-12-22 오후 4:25:37
<![CDATA[Visit of encouragement]]>
In his remark, Minister Park said that more efforts should be made to keep solid and future-oriented relations between Korea and the US based on trust and friendship built over the last several decades.

This occasion was also attended by General Leon J. LaPorte, Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK, General Lee Hee-won, Deputy Commander of CFC, and Lieutenant General Charles Campbell, 8th US Army Commander.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)

2005-12-19 오후 2:37:46
<![CDATA[The 66th Annivesary Of Patrotric Martyrs Day in Hawaii]]> The ceremony hold for the first time at the governmental level in Hawaii, the central stage for the Korean Independence Movement in North America.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2005-11-28 오후 1:22:59
<![CDATA[The Ministry invites the recipient of the US Medal of Honor]]>

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2005-11-16 오후 10:30:18
<![CDATA[Bereaved families of the Korean War veterans laid wreaths at the National Cemetery]]> A total number of 40 bereaved family members from 7 countries participated in the ceremony to commemorate UN Day held at the UN park in Busan and laid wreaths.
This event has been carried out since last 2003 the year of the 50th anniversary of the cease-fire aimed at expressing our gratitude to UN war veterans and reinforcing friendship and cooperation with war participating countries

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-10-26 오후 4:25:58
<![CDATA[Construction of National Veterans Cemetery in Icheon, Gyeonggi province]]> - With total budget of KRW 38.3 billion, construction will be completed in December 2007

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) and the Korean Veterans Association (President Lee Sang-hoon) hosted a ground-breaking ceremony of `Veterans Cemetery (26-1 Daejuk-ri, Seolsung-myun, Icheon city, Gyeonggi Province)` on Thursday 13th at 15:00. This cemetery in the Metropolitan area will be built under the aim of commemorating, honoring and recognizing sacrifice of national meritorious persons and meritorious veterans.

The ceremony was attended by about 1,000 people including Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan, Minister Park, Gyeonggi Governor Shon Hak-kyu, chairpersons of each political party, recipients of military merit order and representatives of other related associations.

The National Veterans Cemetery in Icheon, the third of its kind, will be built in the foot of Mt. Nosung (92,000 pyeong) located in Gyeonggi province and with total budget of KRW 38.3 billion, construction will be completed in December 2007.

In order to utilize the national land more effectively and improve the burial culture, a tower-shaped columbarium that accommodate 50,000 urns containing cremated remains will be built at Icheon Veterans Cemetery. In addition, with the establishment of various monuments such as a memorial tower nearby, this cemetery is expected to be transformed into a place in reality and in name where the general public can feel sacrifice and courage of those who defended the country.

The project of building Veterans Cemeteries is spearheaded by MPVA and KVA designed to commemorate the achievements of national meritorious persons. Two cemeteries have been already built in Yeongcheon, Gyeongbuk province (2001, 115,000 pyeong) and Imshil, Jeonbuk province (2002, 106,000 pyeong). These cemeteries can accommodate 52,000 and 50,000 respectively, and construction work of the third one will begin on October 2006 in Sancheong, Gyeongnam province.

On January 29th, 2006 when the `Act on establishing and operating the National Cemetery` approved in the National Assembly last June 30th takes effect, the Veterans Cemetery will be elevated to the National Cemetery and its title changed to the `National Remembrance Cemetery`.

A total number of 700,000 national meritorious persons and war veterans and ex-service members who served 10 years or more are expected to be buried at the National Cemetery once remembrance cemeteries are built in by each area.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2005-10-17 오후 4:36:21
<![CDATA[Donations for Korean War veterans suffering from recent hurricanes]]> - Expected to further develop relations and cooperation with the US

Dr. Park Yu-chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, donated KRW 35 million (USD 34,000) to the US Embassy in Seoul (Mr. Mark Minton; Charge d`Affairs ad interim to the Republic of Korea) on Friday 14th, at 14:30 in order to assist US Korean War veterans and their family members who are suffering from deadly hurricanes of Katrina and Rita.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) raised money out of gratitude for US to dispatch about 1.7 million soldiers when Korea had faced great difficulties caused by the Korean War. Not only employees of MPVA, but also members of 10 affiliated National Merit Reward associations including Korea Veterans Welfare & Healthcare Corporation and Korea Disabled Veterans Organization (total KRW 8.13 million), and Korean Veterans Association (KRW 17.44 million) voluntarily contributed to help the hurricane-affected veterans.

It is estimated that about 70,000 Korean War veterans are living in three states (Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas) hardest hit by recent hurricanes.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-10-14 오후 6:00:56
<![CDATA[Minister Park received the courtesy call of the Vietnam Veterans Association delegation]]> The delegation visited Korea as part of the initiative spearheaded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade called `Future-oriented exchanges between Korea and Vietnam` celebrating the 30th anniversary of cease-fire of the Vietnam War.
They showed great interest in Korea`s policy to support war veterans, especially national assistance program for Agent Orange victims and requested to visit MPVA to share mutual concerns for Vietnam War veterans policies. After having listened to Korea`s veterans policy, the delegation discussed the establishment of Korea-Vietnam disabled veterans` `Friendship Village` planned to be built in Vietnam.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-10-13 오후 3:46:54
<![CDATA[Minister encouraged Dokdo coast guards and consoled veterans family suffering from typhoon]]>
And after visiting the naval 1 fleet 118 squadron at 2pm, Minister Park consoled 3 national meritorious persons living in Ulleungdo including disabled veteran Sang-dok Park who are suffering from the Typhoon Nabi and conveyed relief donation (KRW 300,000 respectively) to those people.
2005-09-22 오후 3:34:38
<![CDATA[Disabled competitors of KDVO hold an Inaugural Meeting for Participation in IWAS]]>
The team consists of 44 people in total including 29 players - nine in table tennis, six in archery, six in shooting and eight in lawn balling - and related officials.

The inaugural meeting will be joined by approximately 100 peoples including Park Yu-chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Gang Dal Shin, President of the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization, and the family members of players. The event will proceed with the presentation of the delegation`s flag and a few speeches of appreciation. In particular, through his remarks, Minister Park Yu-chul is going to motivate disabled veterans to raise their physical rehabilitation efforts through sports, and make a request them to do their best during IWAS in the hope that `I can do it!`

The 2005 IWAS`s competitions will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between September 15 and 25, and Lawn-Bolling competition will be held in Australia from September 5 to 10.

IWAS that is aimed at the rehabilitation of spinal disorder veterans was initiated by neurologist Dr. Guttman of the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in UK in 1948. Since then, `International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation (ISMWSF)` held the sports event each year in Britain, and, in 2003, it was integrated with International Sports Organization (ISOD).

Korea Disabled Veterans Organization played a leading role to host 88 Seoul Paralympics and been greatly contributing to the development of rehabilitation sports for the disabled in Korea, by participating a variety of international sports games since 1966. It has won 116 gold medals, 77 silver medals and 90 bronze medals, so far.

Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
2005-09-01 오후 4:29:21
<![CDATA[Commemoration Events for the 60th Anniversary of the National Liberation Held Abroad]]>
Along with domestic events, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held memorial events and celebrating performances at four different cities Khabarovsk and Ussuriisk in Russia, Alma Ata in Kazakhstan, Chong Qing in China and New York in the US - where major independence movements were waged. The grand events, with over 5,000 participants including government representatives and Korean compatriots, contributed to succeeding the spirit of independence and nurturing patriotism toward the homeland.

In Khabarovsk and Ussuriisk in Russia, two commemoration events were joined by approximately 2,000 local Koreans compatriots. In particular, persons of distinguished services to independence, including Kim Woo Jeon, president of the Korean Liberation Association and a college student group that tours independence relics also participated in the events.

Following day of the commemoration event in Khavarovsk, a Korean ethnics` festival for Liberation, led by Korean Ethnic Association, was held in the Dinamo Stadium with 3,000 people including Korean compatriots, government delegates, independence activists, and the college student group.

Khavarovsk and Ussuriisk were the places where the Sungmyung Associaion, the Kwonup Association and the Korean People`s Assembly carried out independence movements in the early 1900s. Currently, about 45,000 Korean ethnics are living in the two cities.

The government delegates, led by Vice-minister Kim Jung-Bok of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, participated in the commemoration events in the two cities and the Seoul Performing Art Company performed a folk dance and Nongak (traditional farm music), showing the excellence of Korean traditional culture.

Another commemoration events were held In Alma Ata, Kazakhstan, joined by about 3,000 Korean ethnics. Kazakhstan is well known for that Stalin forced over 100,000 Korean ethnics in Siberia to move to in 1937. The MPVA invited general Hong Beom-Do, a hero of the Cheongsanri battle, and 23 bereaved family members including Choi Jae-Hyeong, Kim Kyung-Cheon, and Gae Bong-Woo to the event, and sent a message of appreciation.

For a commemorative performance following the ceremony of Korea`s Liberation, the Korea Folk & Modern Sounds showed Korean traditional dances and sang folk songs such as Arirang, cheering a large audience of Kazakh people and Korean compatriots.

Government delegates including Jang Chung-Shik, former president of DanKook University, Suh Joong-Seok, member of the 60th Liberation Project Committee and Jung Il-Kwon, director general of the MPVA, attended the events in the city.

Also, an event to honor the 60th Anniversary of Liberation was held in Chong Qing, China, too. Chong Qing is the place where the last headquarters of the provisional government of Korea located. Survived independence activists and bereaved families of independent activities participated in the commemoration event and visited the relics of independence movements in Chong Qing and adjacent areas.

Chong Qing delegates, led by Kim Sam-Woong, president of the Independence hall, consist of 15 independent movement fighters including Yoon Kyeong-Bin of the Korean Liberation Association.

Kim, cheeho(International affirs)

2005-08-25 오후 5:12:26
<![CDATA[Overseas Meriterious Persons of Korean Liberation and Their Bereaved Families Visit Motherland]]>
During their stay in Korea, the independence advocates and their bereaved family members visited many places such as historic independence relics and developed industrial sites as well as attending the liberation ceremony. Also, experiencing Korean traditional culture, they were able to have an opportunity to heighten their patriotism.

The events were expected to help Korean people continue to remember the noble, patriotic spirit of those who sacrificed themselves for their nation and boost the patriotic spirit for their motherland with which all Koreans can stand together.

The MPVA received recommendations from the embassies and consulate general offices in foreign countries, particularly the US, Canade and China, and selected invitees among those who had not been to Korea before.

Kim, chee-ho(International affirs)
2005-08-25 오후 4:54:40
<![CDATA[Korean War Commemoration Events to be Held Regularly in Washington D.C.]]>
On his first itinerary, Minister Park visited the Department of Veterans Affairs. Having talks with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he discussed veterans affairs both sides concern for example, the registration process of eligible recipients of veterans administration and the policy of war veterans` assistance and honorary treatment.
Meanwhile, he proposed draw up draft of MOU on the development of an education and training program for medical staff and civil servants in charge of veterans affairs. The education program to be developed is expected to expand bilateral cooperation and improve the veterans policies of the two countries.

Next day, on 27th July, Minister Park took part in the `52nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Korean War Armistice`. In the evening, he participated in the event in honor of Korean War veterans, and expressed his deep gratitude for the all Korean and the US veterans of the Korean War and promised to hold the commemoration event regularly in order to promote further amicable relationship and bilateral alliance.

During the event, the co-Presidents of Korean War Veterans Association, Louis T. Dechert and Jeffrey J. Brodeur, and vice-president Yoo Shi-Jong of Korean Veterans Association together signed in a resolution that supports a stronger Korea-US alliance, a peaceful resolution of North Korea nuclear issue, and a nuclear-free of Korean peninsula. By declaring the resolution, all parties delivered the desire of Korean War veterans of the two countries for a success of the six-party talks to address the nuclear issue of North Korea.

Afterwards, Minister Park flew to LA and Hawaii and looked around some historic relics of independence movements such as the Korean National Association Memorial Hall and the residence of An Chang Ho (one of the independence activists). He also hosted a meeting with local Koreans in order to find a way to preserve many independence movements` relics located overseas.

At the meeting, Minister Park exchanged opinions with government officials abroad and local senior Koreans to maintain historic remains of independence activities efficiently and use them as educational and tour resources for young generations.

Kim, chee-ho(international affairs)
2005-08-05 오후 7:14:06
<![CDATA[Events for Outstanding Service Members of USFK ]]>
Departing from Seoul on July 13, the 120 outstanding service members selected by US-Korea Combined Forces Commander visited Kyeongju Museum and historic relics - Cheonmachong and Cheomsungdae. Next day, after stopping by Seokgulam and Bulguksa, they visited the Hyundai Motors and Hyundai Heavy Industry in Woolsan.

On July 15, the outstanding service members of USFK visited Korean Folks Village, and participated in a dinner reception hosted by the Minister of PVA at the Cosmos hall of 63 Building.

General Leon. J. Laport, Commander of CFC/UNC/USFK, and other distinguished guests from USFK joined the dinner reception to boost the morale of the service members of USFK.

Since 1995, the MPVA has held an annual event to invite outstanding service members of USFK and honor their commitments to peace on the Korean peninsular and further world peace. The event is intended to introduce Korea`s history and culture to members of USFK for the better understanding of Korean people and the nation, while contributing to the expansion of Korea-US partnership.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-07-19 오후 5:42:56
<![CDATA[International Seminar on Patriots and Veterans Affairs Finishes Successfully]]>
Hosted by the Korean Association for Patriots and Veterans Affairs Studies and supported by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the international seminar was participated by 300 people in the field of patriots and veterans affairs. They included Minister Park Yu-Chul, Ph.D. of the Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Dr. Lee Soo-Sung, former Prime Minister and current Presidents of National Council of Saemaul Movement, Sur Young-Hoon, former president of Korean National Red Cross, ambassadors of the countries that participated in the Korean War and members of the Korean Association of Patriots and Veterans Studies.

During the seminar for two days, participants from home and abroad gave 12 presentations. The senior government officials from overseas departments of veterans affairs - Mr. Ronald Aument, US Deputy under-Secretary for Benefits, Mr. Ron Herbert, Canadian Director General of the National Operations Division, Mr. Guy Collet, French General Director of the National Office for Veterans, Mr. Heinrich J. Held, German Head of Division on Policy Issues and Benefit, Mr. Barry Telford, Australian Head of Compensation and Support Division, and Mr. Chang Shu Jen, Director of Taipei Veterans Home – presented the veterans affairs systems of their countries, followed by active discussions with all participants.

On the other hand, Korean scholars made presentations on a variety of subjects. Dr. Yoo Young-Ock, president of Korea Association of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, gave a presentation on the `Comparison Study on the Patriots and Veterans Policy of North and South Korea`; Dr. Oh Il-Whan, professor of Hanyang University, on the `Countermeasures to Aging of the Veterans`; and Dr. Yang Seung Ham, professor of Yonsei University, on the `Development of the Government Policy for Patriots and Veterans Affairs by Enhancing NGO’s Participation`. Also, Dr. Yoo Ho-Yuel, professor of Korea University, introduced his study on the `Supporting System for Ex-servicemen to Return to a Normal Life`; Dr. Jung Kil-Ho, a research fellow of KIDA, on the `Rational Classification Veterans into Disability Rating; and Dr. Park Hyo-Jong, professor of Seoul National University on the `Ways to Promote to Patriotism among the Young Generation`.

After the seminar, participants from overseas had time to experience Korea and understand its culture. They visited the National Cemetery, Seoul Patriots and Veterans Hospital and Mt. Odu Unification Observatory, Insadong, and attended the Special Music Concert marking the 55th Anniversary of Korean War Outbreak.

All participants in the international seminar reached a common understanding that it is very important to provide honorable treatment to those who sacrificed for and contributed to their nations, regardless of nation, and we should be proud of ourselves for doing such an important role.

In addition, they agreed on that the international seminar had provided a steppingstone to international cooperation on the veterans field.
Accordingly, they recommended proactive measures to hold a regular international seminar on veterans affairs in order to promote the exchange of information on different policies and programs for veterans affairs.

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Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
2005-06-28 오후 7:06:29
<![CDATA[Minister Park Has Official Visit to China]]>

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
2005-06-03 오후 2:28:37
<![CDATA[Dedication of Meaningful Korean War Monument]]> -About 1,500 People will take part in the International Event-

*The ceremony will be held in the Historical Park of Geoje Korean War Prisoner of War and Refugees` Camp on May 27th, 2005.
*It will honor the significance of the operation and all those who were involved in the rescue. This event will not only solidify the alliance between Korea and the United States, but also promote cooperation and friendship among United Nations allied countries of the Korean War.

The Dedication Ceremony of the Heungnam Evacuation Operation will be held in the Historical Park of Geoje Korean War Prisoners` and Refugees` Camp on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. The ceremony cohosted by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the Commemoration Association of the Heungnam Evacuation Operation, and Geoje city will honor and remember the humanitarian spirit of the operation that is regarded as one of the most inspiring and miraculous rescue operations in war history of the world.

About 1,500 will attend the ceremony including Park, Yu-chul, Ph. D. Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, ambassadors of the 22 nations that participated in the Korean War, General Leon J. LaPorte, Commander, UNC, CFC, USFK, retired general Paik Sun Yup, former Chief of Staffs of the Korean Army who is representative of Korean War veterans, American veterans who were engaged in the Heungnam operation and their families, heads of the Patriots and Veterans Associations, Korean War veterans, and members of the Hamkyeung Province Association. Highlights of the ceremony include Korean traditional honor guard`s demonstration, video clip on the Heungnam evacuation operation, speech, unveiling of the monument and reception.

The ceremony is expected to honor the noble sacrifice and commitment of the Korean War veterans who fought with South Korea under the UN flag to safeguard freedom, peace and democracy of the Korean peninsula. And it also will further enhance friendship and cooperation of the 22 nations that participated in the Korean War, and nurture patriotism of the Korean people. In order to promote the significance of the Heungnam Evacuation Operation, the MPVA does its best to make the ceremony an international event that gathers the Korean Veterans and representatives from the 22 nations.

The evacuation of Heungnam was the largest sealift that saved 197 vessels, over a hundred-thousand military personnel, some 98,000 North Korean refugees, about 17,520 vehicles and 350,000 measurement tons of cargo when the Korean armed forces and the UN forces were besieged by the Chinese army in the eastern North Korea, in November, 1950. The SS Meredith Victory in the operation pulled out the military and North Korean refugees through the Heungnam port, and safely arrived in the Jangseungpo port, Geoje Island, South Korea. The Heungnam Evacuation Operation that successfully completed this daring rescue of 14,000 North Korean refugees is remembered as one of the most humanitarian rescue operations and as `Largest rescue operation by a single ship` in war history of the world. And Captain Leonard P. LaRue of the Meredith Victory received "Ulji Order of Military Merit", the second highest military decoration from the Korean government in 1955.

The MPVA invites American veterans who played a leading role in the operation, and the SS Meredith Victory crews to the ceremony. Among them, Mr. Hiroshi H. Miyamura is one of recipients of Congressional Medal of Honor for his conspicuous intrepidity to cover an operation despite his painful wounds, and J. Robert Lunney who was a Staff Officer of the SS Meredith Victory is now working as a lawyer in New York.

The Monument is erected as part of the MPVA`s effort to support the construction of Korean War monuments. With about 1.8billion won including government expense of the MPVA, local government of Geoje city`s expenses, and donation by commemoration associations spent for the construction, the monument was completed in about one and half year since its ground-breaking ceremony on Dec. 26th, 2003.

The memorial includes a monument with the SS Meredith Victory and General Douglas MacArthur`s face carved on it, mural relievo that explains the merit of those involved in the rescue operation, and Lawn Plaza symbolizing open sea.

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Kim, cheeho(Internaional affairs)
2005-05-24 오후 9:55:15
<![CDATA[The Government Supervisory Authority of the Independence Hall of Korea Transferred to the MPVA]]> * The MPVA will foster the Independence Hall of Korea into a central institute of independence education, culture and research to enhance peoples` national spirit and patriotism.

The 253th extraordinary session of the National Assembly passed the Amendment to the Act on the Independence Hall of Korea, the main point of which is to transfer the Supervisory Authority of the Independence Hall from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

The MPVA plans to foster the Hall into a central institute to promote national pride and awareness of Korean history as well as a cultural center open to the general public.

The Institute of Korean Independence Movement Studies, an affiliated research institute of the Independence Hall will see the strengthening of its function to find unknown independence patriots and study the Korean independence history under the jurisdiction of the MPVA.

To make such plans a success, the MPVA organized a task force team participated by various agencies including the Ministry of Education & Human Resource Development, local governments, and youth education institutes, and entrusted professional research organizations for in-depth study of the Korean Independence history.

Since the establishment of the Korean Independence Hall of Korea in 1987, many independence patriots and independence movement organizations such as the Korean Liberation Association have consistently maintained that the Independence Hall of Korea should be under the jurisdiction of the MPVA as a sanctuary that enhances independence spirit and national pride.

The government has agreed to such opinion and decided to transfer the jurisdiction in a bid to fulfill the mission of the Independence Hall as well as to increase efficiency in the function of government agencies. After the deliberation at the Commission of Culture and Tourism, the National Assembly passed the Amendment to the Act on the Independence Hall of Korea on the 26th.

The Independence Hall of Korea which lies on about 4 million square meters(1,200,00 pyeong) includes 7 exhibition halls and an circle vision theater that cost approximately 719million won for the construction. Since the opening of the Independence Hall about 34million people visited it, which demonstrates its crucial role as a place to educate the noble spirit of patriotism as well as a cultural place for the general public.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-05-04 오후 2:58:50
<![CDATA[The Korean War Veterans from the British Commonwealth of Nations Visit Korea]]> The MPVA allotted 607 million won as FY2005 budget that will subsidize KVA(Korean Veterans Association)`s Korea Revisit Program for about 600 foreign Korean War Veterans. As the fist step of the project this year, 167 of the Korean War Veterans from the British Commonwealth of Nations were invited to Korea from April 16th to 24th, and visited the National Cemetery, Panmunjom(the truce village in the DMZ area), the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan and major Korean War Battle Monuments such as the one located in Gapeung county, Gyeonggi province. The veterans from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom also attended a memorial ceremony for the fallen heroes of the 4 nations in Gapeung, Gyeonggi province on April 22nd with the participation of the ambassadors and defence attaches of the 4 countries and citizens of the region. The veterans and embassies of the British Commonwealth to Korea have granted scholarship to about 100 middle and high school students who live in Gapeung and Paju counties every year.

Kim, chee-ho(international affairs)

2005-04-29 오전 10:30:52
<![CDATA[President Roh Lays a Wreath in Honor of the Turkish Veterans of the Korean War ]]>
The President and first lady were warmly welcomed by about 50 Korean War veterans including the President of the Turkish Veterans of the Korean War Association. They laid flowers at the Korean War Memorial and paid a silent tribute to the 741 fallen heroes who were killed in action during the Korean War from June 1950 to July 1953.

The wreath laid by the President Roh was decorated with flowers patterned upon the Korean traditional "Taegeuk mark" (Korean flag symbol). After the wreath-laying the national anthems of the both nations were played, and the Turkish veterans of the Korean War most of whom were over the age of 70 wore decorations and sang their national anthem together.

President Roh expressed deep gratitude and respect to the war veterans on behalf of the Korean people saying "considering your distinguished service and contribution during the Korean War, this is a somewhat belated visit. I am so pleased to come here and see all of you living with pride and a healthy spirit".

Turkey dispatched about 15,000 soldiers under the UN flag during the Korean War making it the third largest contributor of soldiers following the U.S. and Britain. About 741 of the Turkish soldiers died in battles, 2,068 injured, and about 407 missing or captured during the war. President Roh pointed out the noble sacrifice and dedication of the Turkish Korean War veterans saying "they fought with us to defend free democracy and bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. Their conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity are still remembered by the Korean people and we will never forget such sacrifice and contribution forever".

The Korean War Memorial in Ankara was erected in August 1971 and demonstrated the partnership between Seoul and Ankara. The memorial has a 30 foot tall, 4-story monument and includes an administration building with a Korean traditional 6-angled roof. Each year ceremonies are held at the memorial to commemorate and pay tribute to the Korean War Veterans.

In 2002 the representatives of the MPVA and the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee paid a courtesy call to the Turkish President and laid a wreath at the Korean War Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. The MPVA also invites the Turkish Veterans of the Korean War and the bereaved families of the Turkish veterans who laid to rest at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea as its annual event.

Kim, chee-ho(international affairs)
2005-04-18 오후 7:03:46
<![CDATA[The 86th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Korean Provisional Government ]]> A commemoration ceremony to mark the 86th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Korean Provisional Government held in Shanghai for the first time.

A ceremony to commemorate the 86th Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Korean Provisional Government was held in Shanghai, China on April 13, 2005. The Korean Provisional Government was inaugurated in Shanghai, China, back in April 13, 1919 with the aim of proclaiming the Korean people`s strong will of independence from the Japanese colonial rule.

At the ceremony held in the Korean Consulate General Office building ground in Shanghai, Kang, Man-gil, Chairman of the Commemoration Project Committee for the 60th Anniversary of Korean Liberation joined as a government representative with Yun, Kyung-bin, a senior advisor and former president of the Korean Liberation Association, Park, Sang-ki, Consul General of the Shanghai, China, Chinese and Korean bereaved families of Korea Independent Movement Activists who are living in China, members of the Korean Liberation Association, and Korean residents and students in the region.

Chairman Kang said in his speech at the ceremony, "it is an occasion not only to look back upon our past history, but also to inherit the noble spirit of the patriotic martyrs and march forward into a future to build the advanced Korea.

It was the first time for the ceremony held in Shanghai since the establishment of the Korean government in 1948.

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Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)


2005-04-16 오전 11:51:55
<![CDATA[The MPVA's Annual Strategic and Performance Plan Report to the President ]]>
The MPVA has announced that it would exert its effort to find and compensate unknown independence patriots, shed new light on the independence movement history, and enhance living quality of those who made distinguished contributions to national independence through reasonable benefit systems.

The Ministry also will strive to enhance medical and welfare services to meet the increasing needs of the elderly recipients of National Merit Reward by constructing domiciliaries and other facilities for them, and lay a firm foundation for the assistance systems for veterans at the government level.

Such initiatives were presented to the President during the Ministry`s annual policy report in Chungwadae on Mar. 28 with the innovation in overall patriots and veterans affairs set at the top of them.

According to the Ministry`s blueprint for 2005, finding unknown independence patriots and providing them with compensations they deserve, and reassessing the independence history with an objective perspective will be among the top priorities for this year`s policy. Along with such efforts, the Ministry will promote the people`s patriotism by holding various events such as "Wearing Symbol of Merit Reward" campaign this year marking the 60th Anniversary of National Liberation.

Meanwhile, it will endeavor to integrate the Merit Reward systems and rationalize the compensation system by enacting the Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward. As part of measures to rationalize the compensation system, the ministry will set its goal at providing 100% of the average consumption expenditure of nationwide households to the recipients with the 1st degree of disability. And this year it aims to achieve 91% level.

In parallel with such efforts, the Ministry will work hard to enhance the quality of medical service by improving services at Merit Reward hospitals and building a central Merit Reward hospital equipped with the most advanced medical treatment systems. And in line with the growing number of elderly recipients, it also plans to provide home care and nursing services in cooperation with voluntary service organizations and make more contracts with the public and private nursing homes for those in need of long term treatment.

With circumstances in national defense continuously changing, the Ministry will establish a veteran support commission in April to facilitate veterans` smooth transition to civilian life, and expand medical and educational assistance for veterans by increasing the number of veterans support center and providing job training, employment, and business start-up education.

For the innovation within the MPVA itself, the Ministry will introduce a performance-based payment system, and expand tailored education for the staff. And more mobile offices will be set up nationwide with the aim of enhancing policy implementation and providing easy access to MPVA`s service.

Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
2005-04-01 오후 7:11:55
<![CDATA["Guide for National Merit Reward Recipients Abroad" Published and MPVA's English Web Site Renovated]]>
☐Guide for National Merit Reward Recipients Abroad

The Guide contains 19 MPVA services most frequently requested by National Merit Reward Recipients living abroad for the past several years including procedure for application or registration, required documents for each reward and compensation, and the organizations responsible for each service. It is aimed at enhancing convenience for Persons of Distinguished Service to national independence and War Veterans living abroad to apply for reward and compensation they deserve.

As many of the Persons of Distinguished Service to the state who emigrated overseas reach old age, the second or even the third generation of them are becoming the practical recipients of the benefit. Taking such circumstances into consideration, the MPVA uses English as well as Korean in publishing the Guide book. The service categories provided by the MPVA, required documents for each service, responsible offices, and necessary forms are written in English for the descendents of the Meritorious Persons who cannot read Korean.

The Guide book is expected to improve the MPVA`s service for about 10,000 National Merit Reward Recipients living abroad (40,000 including their families) by providing English translation on its services.

☐ Newly renovated English Website (english.mpva.go.kr)

The MPVA launched its newly renovated English website. Its improved website features easy-to-access design and useful additions to content.

The English website is expected to strengthen news update and policy PR functionalities by providing information on MPVA`s policies and various events in an accurate and prompt manner.

With the publication of the Guide and the renovation of the English website as a momentum, the MPVA will speed up its effort to improve its service level and quality for Merit Reward Recipients living abroad.

Kim, chee-ho(Internatinal affairs)
2005-03-22 오후 5:53:42
<![CDATA[Award for Persons of Distinguished Services to National Independence]]>
The types of decoration awarded include Order of Merit for National Foundation, National Foundation Medal, and President`s Commendation. 106 out of 165 recipients are selected by the government based on judgement statements kept in National Archives & Records Service, lists of prisoners under sentence kept in town offices, and newspaper data. Only one recipient is currently alive, and two of them are women.

The yearly award for Persons of Distinguished Services to National Independence is expanded to 3 times a year in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of National Liberation; on the March 1st Independence Day, the November 17th Patriotic Martyr`s Day, and the August 15th National Liberation Day.

The decoration was awarded at the March 1st commemoration ceremony held in local governments and embassies & legations abroad, and the decoration for those who do not have any descendent will be kept by the government.

The judgement on merits of the independence activists and patriotic martyrs was committed to experts from November last year in an aim of maintaining objectivity, and the criteria for the merits have been re-established through collecting opinions of outside experts and the judging commission for merit reward.

The MPVA has sped up effort in collecting and analyzing historical materials on independence movement by forming a historical material research team composed of 15 experts in January.

In particular, the research team drew up a report on about 300 cases of individual merits of independence activists during January which constituted a basis of the award for Persons of Distinguished Services to National Independence on March 1.

The MPVA will continue such effort to collect and analyze historical materials in close cooperation with related organizations such as the Institute of Korean Independence Movement Studies, the National History Compilation Committee, and National Archives & Records Service.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-03-15 오후 2:48:41
<![CDATA[A Ceremony to Commemorate the 86th Anniversary of the Feb 8th Tokyo Independence Declaration Held in]]>
Park, Yu-chul, Minister of MPVA joined with about 250 participants in the ceremony as a representative of the Korean government.

The Feb. 8th Tokyo Independence Declaration marked a climax of student independence movements in the Korean students Independence history. Korean students in Japan launched "Students Association for Chosun`s Independence" inspired by the former US President Wilson`s idea of self-determination, and they issued the Feb. 8th Tokyo Independence Declaration at YMCA hall in Tokyo on Feb. 8, 1919. 11 Representatives of the Association including Choi, Pal-yong and Song, Gye-baik signed their names on it with about 400 Korean students in Japan joining with them.

In particular, Mr. Oisi Susumu, grandson of Lawyer Huse Datsusi who received Patriotic Medal of Order of Merit for National Foundation from the Korean government for defending Korean independence activist in court was invited to the ceremony. It demonstrates that the ceremony underscored the significance of "Korea-Japan Friendship Year 2005" by serving as a meaningful venue where Korean and Japanese descendents of those who made distinguished service to Korean Independence met and encouraged each other.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-03-15 오후 2:47:59
<![CDATA[Minister Park, Yu-Chul's New Year Message ]]> and all MPVA`s men and women!

The New Year of 2005 has dawned. I pray that hope and joy will fill the homes of you all and both you and your families will be blessed throughout this year.

Recalling last year, we had a hard and difficult time at home and abroad. North Korea`s nuclear problem, the Zaytun Unit dispatch to Iraq, controversies on East Asian history, all these issues raised grave concerns in Korea as well as in the international community.

And our Ministry also faced difficulties over the revision of Government Organization Act concerning the promotion of the Ministry`s status at the beginning of the year 2004.

Despite such difficulties, our status was promoted from Agency to Ministry. It signifies the importance of honoring and rewarding patriots and veterans. I believe it was made possible by the fervent support from one million National Meritorious Persons and Families across the country.

Such elevation set the stage for the policies for patriots and veterans to become key policies of the nation, and lay the solid foundation for national solidarity.

During 2004, our Ministry made various efforts to establish polices that meet changing needs in line with the Participatory Government`s policy goal, "Change and Innovation". We made endeavors to rationalize the compensation and honorable treatment system, and significantly improved the healthcare & welfare system to provide high quality service. Special measures to offer honorable treatment for those who rendered distinguished service to national independence and their families have been taken. A variety of commemoration events and education programs have been organized with the aim of inheriting and inspiring the spirit of patriotism and dedication with the Korean people standing at the center of such events.

Meanwhile, efforts have been made to establish an effective system to help veterans smoothly return to civilian life and to provide them with substantial assistance.

One of good news in this new year is our Ministry`s budget for 2005 increases 4.4%, accounting for 1.68% of the total government budget. And the compensation benefit and health care assistance have steadily increased from previous years.

On this occasion of greeting new year, I would like to commend MPVA`s men and women for their unsparing efforts. And I`d like to express my deep gratitude to National Meritorious Persons and Families who have mustered unwavering support for the development of our Ministry.

My dear colleagues of the MPVA!

In this rapidly changing 21st century, we need to keep creative mind, expert knowledge, and innovation to meet the needs of sophisticated information society.

To promptly adapt ourselves to such new environment, and to proactively cope with the constant reform of the Participatory Government, we need to build on the strong achievement we have made so far, and redouble our effort to expand and innovate our activities.

I hope that all the members of our Ministry will pool their energy and wisdom to realize advanced services for National Meritorious Persons and Families.

With such hope in mind, I`d like to give you an outline and guidance of policies that our Ministry has to carry out in the year 2005.

First, we should strengthen our effort to secure stable living standard for patriots and veterans and to realize a reasonable level of compensation and benefits equivalent to their contribution and sacrifice for the nation.

Second, commemoration projects should be carried out in various forms to promote the People`s patriotism and to create a social climate that respects and honors those who dedicated themselves to the state.

The year 2005 marks the 60th Anniversary of Korean Liberation.
In this meaningful year, we should speed up the efforts to compile historical data on those who made critical contribution to Korean independence by operating task force, and award them the National Foundation Decoration. At the same time, we should do our best to push forward with "Honorable Treatment Guideline" as planned.

Third, we should improve quality of life of National Meritorious Persons and their Families by strengthening healthcare & welfare service for them.

For this goals, the quality of healthcare service need to be improved and expansion of medical facilities are required. At the same time, more efforts should be made to develop a variety of welfare services that can meet the needs of elderly patriots and veterans.

Forth, we need to establish effective assistance policies for war veterans and ex-sevicemembers that can provide substantial support based on the period of their service. Along with this, endeavors should be made to enhance the honorable treatment for those who made distinguished service in the Korean war.

The last policy goal we should focus on is providing tailored service for our clients by significantly improving administration process. Our Ministry should stand ready to help National Meritorious Persons and Families at any time. In order to offer quality civil service, constant efforts to expand mobile service teams and supporting and counseling centers are keenly needed.

At this threshold of the year, I recall an old saying that goes, "Heaven helps those who help themselves." It means that you should make every efforts for your goal and wait the results humbly, and then Heaven will help you achieve it. Marching toward the new year, I hope you all bear the lesson in your mind and do your utmost to make steady steps forward throughout 2005.

And I also wish that all of us have a strong sense of responsibility and do our best to win confidence from the recipients of National Merit Reward, and I look forward to unflagging support and cooperation from National Meritorious Persons and Families across the nation and abroad.

Now, I`d like to conclude my new year message by wishing a great health and success for all the personnel of MPVA, National Meritorious Persons & Families, and members of our affiliated national merit reward organizations. I sincerely wish you and your family members a good luck and happiness throughout this year.

Happy New Year!

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
2005-03-15 오후 2:46:40
<![CDATA[Commemorative Tree Planting in UN Memorial Cemetery ]]>
After visiting of the bereaved families of the fallen Korean War veterans from 8 participating nations in the UN Memorial Cemetery and other memorial sites in Korea from Oct 19 to 24, they made a donation to the Ministry as a token of gratitude for the invitation by MPVA and in order to remember their visit to the UN Memorial Cemetery.

The Ministry, in response, decided to plant a tree and a maker of bronze-plate with the names of their countries engraved on it to serve as a tangible reminder of the lofty sacrifice of the war heroes and to promote further friendship with the Korean War participating nations. And it also will inform such decision to the families who participated in the donation.

The invitation of the bereaved families of the UN allied forces of the Korean War initiated back in 2003 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement has received positive feedback from the families invited so far, and Korean embassies and consulates general in overseas have asked the Ministry to continuously expand the invitation event recognizing the significance of it.

The Ministry invited 32 of bereaved families from participating nations last year and plans to invite about 40, in 2005.

Kim, cheeho(internaional affaris)
2005-03-15 오후 2:45:15