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2017 MPVA Invitation Program Schedules

April (April 23 to 28): Commonwealth Nations veterans - Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom (Ireland)  

May (May 22 to 27): US MIA Family members

June (June 22 to 27): US Korean War(KW) Veterans

Students Camp (June 24 to 30): Descendants of Korean War veterans

Teachers Camp (July 23 to 29): US NCSS* teachers 

* National Council for the Social Studies 

July (July 24 to 29): Representatives of KW Vets from 21 nations, Former Peace time vets after Korean War, Descendants students of KW veterans (July 24 to July 30)

September (Sept.18 to 23): US KW Vets

October (Oct. 22 to 27): US KW Vets

November (Nov.8 to 13): Family of deceased KW veterans**, KIA/MIA from the

Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the United Kingdom

** Family of KW vets interred in Busan UNMCK


 


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2017-04-10 오후 3:57:17
<![CDATA[The friends who returned]]>

The followings are the excerpt of a special feature article of El Nuevo Dia.

To read the full version of the article, please refer to the attachment.



The friends who returned


In Seoul National Cemetery and the War Museum, 17 Puerto Rican veterans remembered the fallen in solemn ceremonies


EL NUEVO DÍA

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mabel M. Figueroa Pérez



SEOUL, Korea - It was a sunny and cool morning. For the Seoul National Cemetery the day was not an ordinary day, since it was graced by veterans of the Korean War. The solemnity dominated every space.


At the entrance, the veterans who fought together to defend South Korea, lined up for a march and incense burning ceremony. And among them, 17 were Puerto Rican soldiers of the US Army 65th Infantry Regiment.


The veterans were lined for a row waiting for the signal and began to march together to pay tribute to friends and comrades who lost their lives in combat. They gave a few firm steps and walked upright. Others followed without breaking the line with the help of their canes or wheelchairs. Silence filled the area. When they arrived, they offered a salute.


It is a sacred way to show respect for the dead in Korea. Offering the incense three times is reserved for important people. The incense symbolizes purification for spirits of loved ones. After the ceremony, everyone formed again and walked backed to the entrance.


Then the veterans moved to the War Memorial of Korea, where plates are stamped with the names of all KIAs of the Korean War. At the War Memorial, each veteran was handed a white flower to offer it as a tribute to the dead.


On that occasion, Don Ismael Heredia represented the Boriqueneers. The ceremony also consisted three steps up and placing flowers at the foot of a column of the names.


"I was surprised that I was selected for depositing the offering floral. It has been a privilege

to honor our companions and I want thank the Korean government, " Don Ismael said.


After the ceremony, the 17 Puerto Ricans veterans and their families searched to find the names of the Puerto Ricans casualties.


"I did not expect that they would under the banner names of Puerto Rico," one Puerto Rican admitted.  


Don Rafael Gomez was overwhelmed with sadness at that moment. He searched for the names

that of his friends, but he had no luck.


The lost friends have not faded from their friends’ memories. So much so, at the memory, Rafael can not hold back the tears. It was a difficult time.

"I am very sad ..." confessed Boricua Trujillo Alto, who was decorated with the Purple Heart Medal

Purple after being wounded in the battlefield while trying to recover the body of one of the comrades.


For Carlos Peña Lozano, Cayey, the moment was very touching. He sought the name of his friend,

Fred Angel Valentin, who failed to survive the dangers of war.


It is even more dramatic because Fred died while saving the life Don Carlos.It was on December 24

1951, a date he will never forget.

"This has been very touching ... , " said the old soldier.


The morning ended.


The 17 veterans retired, leaving behind the names of their friends engraved on the plates as they are tattooed permanently in their hearts until this day, after 66 years.

 


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2016-10-05 오후 3:12:43
<![CDATA[2016 June MPVA Korea Revisit Program host 70 veterans and their families]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held the 4th Revisit Korea Program for Korean War Veterans of the United States and Korean expatriates from June 23 to 28, 2016.

Among the invited veterans was Seymour Bernstein, a renowned concert pianist who used his talent to give classical music concerts, offering his comrades some moments of solace and hope during the Korean War.

MPVA officials welcomed them at the Incheon airport and stayed with them throughout all events and ceremonies. 
The veterans and their families were honored guests at the Reception for Korean War Veterans on June 24 and the commemorative ceremony of 66th Anniversary of the Korean War.

The groups also visited Seoul National Cemetery and the War Memorial of Korea to pay respect to the fallen of the Korean War.

 


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2016-06-27 오전 9:47:27
<![CDATA[Fifty-one Bereaved Family Members of the Korean War Fallen invited to Korea from 21 to 26 May 2016]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs invited 51 families of 22 service men who were killed in action or listed as missing in action during the Korea War, to console the sorrow and grief the families have suffered for more than 60 years.

The Korean Government and Korean People also expressed the country’ s gratitude to those who fell in the war or are still listed as missing in action.

The sons, daughters, siblings, nieces and nephews stayed in Korea from 21 May to 26 May 2016. During their stay, they were guests of honor at a commemoration ceremony held on 23 May at  the Monument Dedicated to United States Forces in the Korean War, which is locate in Pyeonghoa-Nuri, Imjingak.

They were given the opportunity to pay personal tribute to those who fell or are listed as missing in action. The group was also provided with tours and meetings to show them the remarkable development of the Republic of Korea that was made possible by the sacrifices of their loved ones.

 


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2016-05-31 오전 10:22:26
<![CDATA[Netherlands Veterans of the Korean War and their families honoured in Korea]]> Korean War Veterans and their families from the Netherlands were invited to Korea from 9 to14 May 2016 as part of the veterans revisit Korea program held by Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA).

They were honored by MPVA Minister Park Sungchoon for their noble sacrifices and their priceless contributions which freed the Republic of Korea and made possible its remarkable development as an influential democratic nation and world industrial power.

The veterans and their family members participated in commemoration ceremonies for the 65th anniversary of the Hoengseong Battle, which was fought in 1951 by the Netherlands Battalion. They also visited the graves of the veterans’ comrades at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan.

During their visit to the UN Cemetery on May 12, they held a burial service for Soldier First Class Nicolaas Frans Wessels, whose ashes were brought to Korea by his son to be buried in Korean soil, as part of the late soldier’s last will.


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2016-05-30 오전 11:27:03
<![CDATA[(Renew)Public Notice on MPVA Subsidy Program]]> The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of the Republic of Korea invites applicants to [UN Korean War Veterans Digital Archive Subsidy Program] to collect and preserve historical records of the UN Korean War veterans whose sacrifices and contributions shall be cherished forever.


9 March 2016
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

 

 

UN Korean War Veterans Digital Archive Subsidy Program  

 

□ Program title: 2016 UN Korean War Veterans Digital Archive


□ Objective 

○ To cherish the sacrifices and contributions of the UN Korean War Veterans by collecting  and preserving Korean War interviews and records of the UN veterans in a digital archive
○ To successfully implement the program by selecting a competent program operator through public invitation


□ Period: Selection of the operator (March 2016) ∼ 31 December 2016


□ Region: UN-allied nations in the Korean War, such as the U.S.


□ Grant of subsidy and expense calculation
○ Recipient: Program operator
○ Amount: Up to 200 million KRW
○ Payment time: An equal amount of subsidy will be paid twice, a half in the first half year and the rest in the latter half
○ Calculation method: Biannual reporting and payment
- Subject to the「Subsidy Management Act」and its enforcement rule
- Payments related to the program shall be made with a separate corporate account and corporate credit card for reimbursement
- The operator shall submit objective related documents and bills
* Corporate credit card bills, records of account transfer, tax invoice, etc.
- The original materials from the program shall be submitted to MPVA by 28 February 2017.
* When the original materials are not available for submission, the digital format can be submitted instead after consultation with MPVA

  

For more information, please refer to the attachment.

 


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2016-03-10 오후 5:48:19
<![CDATA[April Korean War Veterans Revisit Korea Plan]]> Veterans of four Commonwealth nations, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and veterans from the Republic of Ireland who served in British forces during the Korean War will visit Korea in April and hold services at Gapyeong commemorating the 65th anniversary of the April, 1951 Battle of Kapyong. The veterans will present scholarship awards to students from the Gapyeong Middle School, as well as to students in the Solma-ri area where the Battle of the Imjin River will be commemorated.


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2016-02-15 오후 3:48:37
<![CDATA[The 1st Round of 2016 Revisit Korea Program]]> 관인중·고등학교 졸업식

U.S. Army 40th Infantary Division Veterans visit schools in Gapyeong (Kapyong) and Pocheon their unit built for Korean students during and after war.


Fourteen Korean War veterans arrived in Korea on Monday, Febrauary 1, 2016 to participate in the graduation ceremonies of middle and high schools they helped build during the 1950-53 war.

The American war veterans were accompanied by 22 sons and daughters of Korean War veterans and three soldiers from the U.S. 40th Infantry Division (40ID), including its commander Maj. Gen. Lawrence A. Haskins. 

 

They are planning to attend a graduation ceremony at Gapyeong High School, Thursday, , Febuary 4th after attending one at Kwanin Middle and High School in Pocheon a day earlier.

 

The schools, both in Gyeonggi Province, were established by 40ID during the war and its aftermath ― the Gapyong school in 1952 and Kwanin in 1955. 

 

During the graduation ceremonies, the war veterans and their family members will also present scholarships from former and current 40ID members to the schools to maintain their 60-year friendship with the students there, the ministry said. 

 

Deeply moved by Korean students who were studying under almost-collapsed tents on the frontlines, then-division commander Maj. Gen. Joseph Cleland and his soldiers collected $2 from each soldier and built the Gapyong High School in the midst of the war in August 1952. 

 

At the time, 40ID was stationed at Gapyeong, some 60 kilometers northeast of Seoul, to fend off Communist forces from the north.

 

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Gen. Cleland decided to name the school Kaiser Middle High School after Sergeant First Class Kenneth Kaiser, the first 40ID soldier to be killed in action. Kaiser died in battle in January 1952 at the age of 19.


At that time, local residents called the school "Gaisa," the Korean pronunciation of "Kaiser." It was later renamed Gaisa Middle School and Gaisa High School, and is currently Gapyong High School.
Kwanin Middle School was built in April 1955, also by 40ID as part of their rebuilding efforts following the ceasefire agreement. First Lieutenant Vam Hoef, who designed Gapyong High School, also designed the Kwanin school building, the ministry said. Kwanin High School was built later in 1971.


During their visit, veterans and bereaved families are also planning to visit the South-controlled side of the Demilitarized Zone and attend a banquet hosted by Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Park Sung-choon, the ministry added.


A revisit program for war veterans began in 1975, and as of last year, some 30,000 veterans and their families have returned to Korea after the war. The program has contributed a lot to strengthening relations with the nation of the Korean War Allies that committed troops and medical support to the war and boosting the nation's image by expressing our gratitude for their sacrifice and service.


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2016-02-15 오후 3:44:04
<![CDATA[Korea’s MPVA presents Ambassador for Peace Medals to 470 veterans in South Dakota, United States]]> 美 사우스다코타 주 평화의 사도 메달 수여식

 

First state-wide medal award program recognizes sacrifices of those who served in the Korean War
Honorable Sungchoon Park, Korea’s Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs placed a wreath at the memorial on a snowy, icy cold morning on January 12, then officiated in the Capital rotunda, where medals were presented to 200 veterans, and another 270 were presented simultaneously at various locations throughout the state.

 

美 사우스다코타 주 평화의 사도 메달 수여식


The State of South Dakota spent many months locating all of the Korean War Veterans that it could find, and secured requests for almost 500 Ambassador for Peace Medals.


Larry Zimmerman, the secretary of the state’s Department of Veterans Affairs led the charge on that project. During the ceremony he said he wept during the planning, just before, during and would shed tears again following the ceremony.

 

美 사우스다코타 주 평화의 사도 메달 수여식

The Korean War Veterans recognition program was approved and encouraged by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, who participated in the ceremony, even though that same day he had delivered the South Dakota State of the State address, in conjunction with the 2016 opening of the state legislature.

 

美 사우스다코타 주 평화의 사도 메달 수여식

 

Minister Sungchoon Park, who had been a lieutenant general in the ROK Army before entering public life, personally presented some of the medals. The presentations were made at the same time to 470 veterans, including more than 200 in the capital building and others at vatious locations throughout the state.

 

美 사우스다코타 주 평화의 사도 메달 수여식


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2016-02-15 오후 3:41:48
<![CDATA[Reunion of the Fallen UN Soldiers and Their Families after 65 Years]]> a

 

The MPVA invited 30 family members of the fallen Korean War heroes from the UK, Canada, Turkey, Australia and the Netherlands. The family members stayed in Korea from October 19 through 25.


The visiting program is eligible only for those who have never visited Korea among the families of 2,300 fallen soldiers from 11 countries who are buried at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea. Family members of the fallen UN soldiers pay tribute to their loved ones at the UNMCK, experience Korean culture and witness the national growth of Korea during their stay. The program started in 2003 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Armistice and total 364 family members from 9 countries have been invited so far.


Among the families of this year’s visiting program was Ms. Aileen Phillis Ryan, younger sister of Pte James Patrick Daunt, the youngest soldier to die during the Korean War. Pte Daunt was 17 when he participated in the War. The “Daunt Waterway” in the UNMCK was named after him.


Ms. Kathleen Patricia Barick whose parents are both interred in the UNMCK also visited Korea. After losing her father Mr. James Thomas Heron during the Korean War, she and her three brothers and sisters had to be separated growing up. The sad story of their childhood gives us a lesson that the Korean War was a tragedy not only to Koreans but also to all the families of 1.95 million veterans from 21 countries who fought in the war.


The invited families visited the Seoul National Cemetery, War Memorial of Korea and the UNMCK to pay tribute to the fallen Korean War veterans. They also attended the UN Day ceremony and a naval review. Panmunjom tour was also included to the program to show the families the reality of divided Korea.


The MPVA plans to extend the eligibility for the program to the families of MIAs to better honor the sacrifices and contributions of UN allied nations and their veterans who defended Korea and its liberal democracy and deepen mutual relations with the nations. 


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2015-11-17 오전 11:11:07
<![CDATA[Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Battle of Jangjin (Chosin) Reservoir Monument]]> 장진호

 

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, on July 27, held a groundbreaking ceremony of a monument that commemorates the Battle of Jangjin (Chosin) Reservoir which is recorded as the biggest winter battle in the Korean War history and one of the most brutal battles in the history of the US Marine Corps. The monument will be built at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.

 

During the Battle, 15,000 US marines fought through 120,000 Chinese soldiers in the extreme winter cold of -22 to -40 °F (-30 to -40 °C), successfully evacuating about 98,000 Korean refugees at Hungnam Port.

 

MPVA Vice Minister Choi Wangeun, Lieutenant General Steven Olmstead, Lieutenant General Richard Carey and other Korean War veterans participated in the ceremony.

 

The “Star of Koto-ri,” a symbol of the battle, will be on the top of the monument. US Marines started to wear the star to commemorate the bright stars they saw after a snowstorm before succeeding in the evacuation.

 

The Battle of Jangjin Reservoir is one of the biggest three winter battles in history where 4,500 US marines died and 7,500 were wounded among 15,000.

 


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2015-09-07 오전 10:26:28
<![CDATA[2015 Youth Peace Camp for Descendants of Korean War Veterans]]> youth


On the occasion of the 65th Aniversary of the Korean War Outbreak, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs invited 104 young student leaders from 17 countries which participated in the War under the UN banner, and 59 Korean university students, to the 2015 Youth Peace Camp.


The Youth Peace Camp is held annually to educate and familiarize younger generations with the meaning and results of the noble sacrifices of their nation’s Korean War veterans, and to establish and maintain friendships between Korea and its UN allies.


During the camp held from August 23 through 29, the young participants visited the DMZ and attended a ceremony commemorating the Armistice agreement and the United Nations forces participation in the Korean War. The Youth Peace Camp participants also met with Korean War veterans at the official dinner held for them on July 27, in the Lotte Hotel World in Seoul.


The Youth Peace Camp program, initiated in 2009, is working as a foundation that bridges the young generations of Korea and its UN allies. By the end of 2014, 1,281 people (1,017 from UN allies and 264 from Korea) had participated in the camp.

 


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2015-09-04 오후 1:40:57
<![CDATA[The 4th Round of 2015 Revisit Korea Program for Korean War Veterans]]> reception

 

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held the 4th Revisit Korea Program for Korean War Veterans of UN Forces from July 23 to 28. A total of 142 veterans and their family members from 13 countries were invited to Korea. MPVA officials welcomed them at the Incheon airport and stayed with them throughout all events and ceremonies.

 


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2015-09-02 오후 5:30:24
<![CDATA[2015 Revisit Korea Program for the Families of Soldiers Missing in Action]]> missing

 

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs invited 50 U.S. family members of soldiers who went Missing in Action as part of the 2015 Revisit Korea Program. The family members arrived in Seoul on May 18 and had an orientation day regarding the program. This was followed on May 19 by a ceremony of honoring and paying tribute to the fallen of the Korean War at Seoul National Cemetery.

 


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2015-09-02 오후 5:21:43
<![CDATA[The 2nd Round of 2015 Revisit Korea Program for Korean War Veterans from the Commonwealth]]> 가평

 

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs invited a total of 90 Korean War veterans and their families from the Commonwealth of Nations (the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) to visit Korea from April 20 to 25. During their six-day stay in Korea, they paid tribute to fallen war heroes at the National Cemetery in Seoul on April 22, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul on April 21, and attended a ceremony commemorating the Gapyeong Battle on April 24.


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2015-09-02 오후 4:37:08
<![CDATA[Morale boosting visit for troops dispatched overseas]]> ◈ Minister Park cheered soldiers up by delivering pep talks and compensation fund ◈

The government delegation headed by Minister Park Sung Choon visited countries in Middle East from December 16 to 18 to encourage dispatched troops who are fulfilling their mission of peace keepers. The delegation consisting of seven people including government officials from Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs visited the Dongmyung unit in Lebanon and the Ahk unit in the UAE.
The delegation delivered compensation fund and gifts to them with the aim of boosting their morale.
Meanwhile, the day before heading to Lebanon and the UAE, Minister Park made a visit to the ROK-US Combined Forces Command (CFC) and extended his appreciation for the commitment of US service members for their contribution in defending peace on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia. Minister Park presented educational assistance fund and a memento (a frame with a DMZ barbed-wire fence) to USFK soldiers.

 

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2011-12-19 오후 5:36:15
<![CDATA[1st anniversary memorial ceremony of Yeonpyeong island attack]]> ◈ Attended by about 3,000 people including bereaved families ◈


The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Sung Choon) held a memorial ceremony in honor of Marines and civilians who died during the North Korean artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island on November 23 at National Cemetery in Daejeon. The memorial commemorating the 1st anniversary of the shelling was attended by about 3,000 people including bereaved families of the fallen, government dignitaries, citizens etc.

In Yeonpyeong Island, various commemorative events including photo exhibition and unveiling ceremony of a bust sculpture of the fallen soldier were held with the aim of inspiring patriotism in the general public.

On November 23, 2010, North Korea fired more than 170 artillery rounds at the island, destroying numerous civilian homes and shops.

During the attack, Marines Staff Sgt. Suh Jung-woo and Lance Cpl. Moon Kwang-uk lost their lives in the defense of freedom of the Republic of Korea.

The Korean government plans to continue to hold this service in the future in order to pay respects to the fallen heroes and establish an awareness of national security.
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2011-11-25 오후 5:10:57
<![CDATA[Turn Toward Busan ceremony held in Busan on Nov.11]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Sung Choon) held Turn Toward Busan ceremony at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan on November 11, Remembrance Day observed in Commonwealth countries to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918. The service attended by about 400 people including Minister Park, Deputy Mayor Yun-whan Ko of Busan city, UN Korean War veterans from four Commonwealth nations and their family members, Ambassadors and Defense Attachés of Embassies of Commonwealth nations and citizens was in honor of UN Korean War veterans fallen during the Korean War.

The service started with the moment of silence observed at 11 o’clock sharp followed by wreath laying by distinguished guests, briefing on the Turn Toward Busan program by Vincent Courtenay who suggested and initiated this program, commemorative remarks by Minister Park, Thank-you letter reading by student representative and performance.

The welcoming reception hosted by Minister Park for the veterans took place after the ceremony at a hotel in Busan, and the framed Thank You message and the Ambassador for Peace Medal were presented to those veterans in order to express the appreciation of the Korean people for their contributions and services made during the Korean War.

This program began in 2007 with the suggestion of Mr. Courtenay who also served in the Korean War. On November 11 at 11 o’clock sharp, Korean War veterans around the world face the UN Cemetery in Busan, the only cemetery managed by the United Nations and pay a silent tribute for their comrades who lost precious lives during the Korean War.
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2011-11-21 오후 5:53:37
<![CDATA[Tour program for outstanding US service members]]>
During a three-day trip, US soldiers had a chance to visit Independence Hall in Cheonan city, the Cheongnamdae presidential villa, a temple, pottery factory, and the Cheongju National Museum. The guests also visited the Task Force Smith Memorial Monument in Osan City, which is where U.S. Soldiers first entered combat during the Korean War on July 5, 1950. The trip ended with a banquet hosted by Minister Park Sung Choon.

In his remarks, Minister Park said that Korea would strive to establish permanent peace on the Korean peninsula by joining hands with United States Forces Korea members.

The MPVA has been sponsoring this annual trip since 1995.
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2011-11-04 오후 5:24:41
<![CDATA[Invitation Program for Bereaved families of UN Korean War forces]]> ◈ Visited to the UNMCK, other memorial facilities etc. ◈

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

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

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

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

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

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

Currently, about 2,300 Korean War heroes from 11 countries are buried in the UNMCK.
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2011-10-31 오후 3:04:20
<![CDATA[Unveiling ceremony of Korean War Monument in Gold Coast]]> ◈ Ceremony was followed by various appreciation events ◈

The unveiling ceremony of the Korean War Memorial constructed with support from the MPVA and the Queensland government of Australia, and private donations by Koreans residing in Australia was conducted on August 20 in Gold Coast, Australia. About 600 people were present at the ceremony including Joo-bong Yoo, Director General of the Commemoration Bureau of the MPVA, Anna Bligh, the Queensland premier, Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs, Ron Clarke, Gold Coast Mayor, Australian Korean War veterans and their family members.

The monument was built in honor of the noble sacrifice and dedication of Australian forces who put themselves in harm’s way during the Korean War while defending Korea’s peace and freedom. It was erected in the Surfers Paradise Cascade Park located in the central part of Gold Coast city, a major tourist destination of Australia. The Australian government is planning to rename this park to National Memorial Park and include it into a tourist route.

During the Korean War, under the UN banner, 17,164 Australian soldiers landed Korea to defend Korea’s freedom and peace. Among them, 339 lost their precious lives while 1,216 injured and 44 missing.
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2011-10-12 오후 2:25:02
<![CDATA[2011 International Workshop on Veterans Affairs]]> The 2011 International Workshop on Veterans Affairs was held from September 1st to 2nd for two days aimed at enhancing the understanding on other countries’ veterans policy and exploring

The two-day seminar started in 2005 which means it was in its seventh round this year. The meeting was attended by 9 officials from 5 countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the US, and dozens of Korean officials and experts in the field of veterans affairs. Representatives from 5 nations made useful and insightful presentations on 『Key tasks and strategic directions in the field of veterans affairs in the 21st century』, 『Re-adjudication system for disabled veterans whose physical condition got better or worsened, and criteria for approving veterans who claim to have tinnitus, PTSD & CRPS as disabled veterans and rating their disability』, and 『Operation of medical service system especially for elderly veterans』. Following the presentation, all of the participants were engaged in productive and heated debate with expert panels.

It is expected to enhance mutual cooperation and understanding among participating countries through policy discussion and information changes. It was more meaningful to discuss major tasks facing each country and future course of action regarding veterans affairs this year which marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the MPVA.

 

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2011-10-07 오후 3:44:05
<![CDATA[Minister Park to be invited to Ministerial Summit in Canada]]>
Minister Park Sung-Choon attended the International Veterans’ Affairs Ministerial Summit held in Canada for two days from August 29 to 30. He made a presentation on the policies and programs in place to ensure a successful transition of veterans, and discussed this matter with his international partners from eight countries including Canada, the host country, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

The representatives at the meeting include Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs of Canada, Eric Shinseki, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs from Australia and so on. Minister Park talked about the need for collaborative research, policy development and programs for veterans with them. After the conference, he took time to meet with Korean veterans living in Canada.

The International Summit on Veterans Affairs is held every 18 to 24 months and includes leaders from the US and Commonwealth nations of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. This year, Canada hosted the meeting and a special invitation was extended to Korea, France, Germany and Denmark. On August 30 after the two-day meeting ended, the Summit participants released a joint communiqué titled International Collaboration on Transition Policy for Veterans.

Following the summit, the Senior International Forum was held from August 31 to September 2, and Chair Commissioner Dae-sub Jang of the Board of Patriots and Veterans Entitlement attended this meeting. He delivered presentations on Innovative ways of communication and interacting with modern day veterans and Dealing with uncertainty in health-related expert opinion and scientific evidence.
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2011-10-06 오후 4:47:20
<![CDATA[Visit to Canada and US by Minister Park in late July]]>
On the first day of July 24, Minister Park attended the commemoration ceremony of the Gapyeong Battle as Korean government representative which took place 60 years ago during the Korean War. This battle is famed for gallantry and valor of Canadian forces, and it was more meaningful that this year is the first year after the Parliament of Canada declared July 27 as the Korean War Veterans’ Day. Following the ceremony, Minister Park had a meeting with Canadian Senator Yonah Martin discussing the ways to enhance mutual cooperation in the field of veterans affairs.

Minister Park’s schedule on July 27 was attending the ceremony in Washington DC commemorating the 58th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement which ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953.

The next day he traveled to New York where he hosted the luncheon for war veterans from Korea residing in the US, and on July 29, Minister Park expressed the profound thanks for the noble sacrifice and devotion of US Korean War veterans by participating in the commemoration ceremony organized by the US Korean War Veterans Association.
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2011-10-06 오전 11:43:44
<![CDATA[60th Anniversary of the Battles in Imjin River and Kapyong]]>

As part of the Revisit Korea Program organized by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, 230 Korean War Veterans and their family members from the British Commonwealth Nations returned to Korea 60 years after the Korean War in midst of welcome and hospitality of Korean people. This Revisit Korea Program is intended to thank and honor UN Korean War Veterans for their noble services while providing them a first-hand opportunity to witness the remarkable growth and development of the Republic of Korea built on the foundation of their commitment and devotion.

Korean War Veterans of the British Commonwealth Nations (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom) who carried out successful military maneuvers in defending the vicinity areas of Imjin River and Kapyeong arrived on April 20 to attend various commemoration ceremonies held at the battlefield sites. The four British Commonwealth Nations dispatched about 95,000 combat troops and suffered 7,500 casualties including 1,750 killed.

The Korean War Veterans of the Commonwealth Nations visited the Truce Village on April 21 and paid tribute to their fallen comrades on April 22, who laid to rest in peace at the UN Cemetery in Busan.

The 230 Korean War Veterans and their family members also attended the commemoration ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Imjin River Battle in Seolmari, Paju on April 23. British Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Peter Luff, Chief of Defence Materiel General Sir Kevin O`Donoghue, Chief of Australian Army Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie, Defense Minister of New Zealand Dr.Wayne Mapp, the ambassadors and military attaches of the British Commonwealth Nations, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Park Seung-choon, Chief of Amy Kim Sang-gi also attended the commemoration ceremony.

On the following day, the commemoration ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Kapyeong Battle were held at the three locations where the memorials dedicated to Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the British Commonwealth Nations in a consecutive manner.

After visits to the Korean War Memorial and the DMZ, the Korean War Veterans of the Commonwealth Nations completed their itinerary with attendance to the MPVA banquet in their honor on April 25. At the banquet, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Park Seung-choon presented the Thank You Frames and Ambassador for Peace Medals to the visiting Korean War Veterans of the Commonwealth Nations.

Started from 1975, the Revisit Korea Program has invited 28,500 UN Korean War Veterans as of last year.

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2011-06-20 오전 9:09:34
<![CDATA[1st Anniversary of the Sinking of Navy Ship Cheonan ]]>

Organized by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the national commemoration ceremony marking the first anniversary of the sinking of South Korean navy ship Cheonan was held at the Daejeon National Cemetery on March 26 and attended by over 4,500 participants consisting of bereaved family members and comrades of the fallen sailors, government and civic representatives, citizens, and students.

This national ceremony was intended to commemorate the noble spirit and meritorious services of the 46 sailors and Warrant Officer Mr. Han who devoted their precious lives on duty to safeguard national security of the Republic of Korea near the waters of Baekryung-do Island. These government-led commemoration efforts would remind Korean people of the importance of establishing firm views on national security and further serve as a catalyst for national unity and harmony.

The memorial service proceeded as the following order of service: pledge of allegiance to the nation, watching a commemorative video, a wreath-laying and incense burning ceremony, commemoration remarks, and a memorial performance.

A unveiling ceremony of the monument in memory of the 46 sailors of Cheonan (March 27, Baekryung Island), a unveiling ceremony of the statue commemorating Warrant Officer Mr. Han (March 30, Jin-hae Maritime Park), an essay writing contest(March, Daejeon National Cemetery), a special photo gallery featuring national security(February-June, Daejeon National Cemetery), memorial services at each school from which the 46 fallen sailors graduated, a memorial concert (March 25, KBS 1 Hall), the operation of a cyber memorial and others were also hosted in order to pay tribute and honor to those sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.

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2011-06-16 오전 9:15:35
<![CDATA[Scholarships Presented to the Descendents of the Colombian Korean War Veterans]]>
100 elementary, middle and high school students, and 10 university students were given scholarships, a total combined worth of 28 million won($ 25000) at 10 AM, Wednesday, on March 23, 2011 in Colombia.

The scholarship program for the descendents of the UN Korean War Veterans was initiated with the fund collected from a small donation from the monthly income of the public officers working for the central and local governments. The scholarship fund is intended to support descendents of the UN Korean War Veterans in Ethiopia, Colombia and Thailand. It is a part of efforts to pay back to those nations which extended help to our nation 60 years ago in the face of the communist threat and provocations.

The Korean government is planning to carry on the scholarship program until 2013 which marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice agreement to further provide assistance to those young descendents of the UN Korean War Veterans in a low income bracket. It is anticipated this endeavor will provide more opportunities for young descendents and contribute to the future-oriented relationships with the UN allied nations.

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2011-05-18 오전 9:33:25
<![CDATA[Turkish Bereaved Families visited Korea]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yang KIM) invited bereaved families of those from Turkey who lost their lives during the Korean War and are buried at the UN Cemetery in Busan, Korea’s second largest city.

A total of 34 family members who never have visited Korea before came to Korea from October 21 to 27. They made a visit to the UN Cemetery and paid respects to their family members fallen while defending peace and freedom of Korea during Korean War. They also had a valuable chance to witness Korea’s development largely attributable to their family members’ contribution, and experience Korea’s traditional culture.

When they went to the UN Cemetery, they also attended the ceremony for the United Nations Day, and the following day, they visited to the Turkish Memorial. Turkish visitors also went to the National Cemetery and the War Memorial of Korea.

On the 5th day of October 25, they visited the National Museum of Korea and Gyeongbok Palace, a royal palace located in northern Seoul. The next day, they visited Panmunjom, a village on the de facto border between North and South Korea. Their schedule was wrapped up with a farewell dinner hosted by Vice Minister Moo-seog Woo of Patriots and Veterans Affairs on October 26.

This invitation event started last 2003, the year marking the 50th anniversary of the armistice in order to strengthen cooperation and friendship with countries participated in the Korean War. Since then, 236 bereaved family members from 9 nations have visited Korea.
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2010-11-24 오후 2:35:13
<![CDATA[Government Representatives from UN Allied nations visited Korea]]>
Government representatives from 17 Korean War participating countries visited Korea on September 25 at the invitation of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.

A total of 70 people from 17 nations including US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki stayed in Korea for four days and five nights. They made a visit to the National Cemetery and the War Memorial on September 27, and participated in the official ceremony for the Recapture of Seoul on September 28.

They also went to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to watch and experience the South-North confrontation on September 29.

Minister Yang KIM of Patriots and Veterans Affairs hosted the causal reception for all participants at the hotel in downtown Seoul, and the welcoming banquet for government representatives, UN Korean War veterans who were invited through the Revisit Korea Program, ambassadors from UN Allied nations in Korea etc.

The committee aims to continuously thank and pay respects to UN Allied nations for their contribution and sacrifice, and develop the solid relations built through the Korean War into much stronger and future-oriented ones.

During the Korean War, 21 nations participated in the war with 16 ones sending military troops while 5 countries provided medical support.
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2010-11-23 오후 2:39:24
<![CDATA[Appreciation Event held in the Philippines]]> ◈ Event was hosted by former Prime Minister of Korea ◈

Chairman of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee Hong-goo Lee (former Prime Minister) visited the Philippines with the aim of expressing appreciation and respect to Filipino Korean War veterans from September 23 to 25.

Chairman Lee laid a wreath at the Korean War monument in the Filipino National Cemetery, and held the appreciation event at the Korean naval ship on the berth attended by about 300 people including former Filipino President Ramos, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim, and ambassadors and military attaches in the nation.

At the event, Chairman Lee delivered the gratitude of the Korean government for the help from the Philippines 60 years ago while Secretary Gazmin emphasized the bilateral relations between the two nations.

This event was a part of appreciation events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The Korean government has held appreciation events in 21 UN Allied nations throughout this year. This naval ship departed Jinhae, a city in Southern east part of Korea on last July 2 and stopped in the US, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand.

During the Korean War, the Philippines was the first Asian country to dispatch about 7,000 troops, and among them, 400 casualties occurred including 112 deaths.
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2010-11-03 오후 3:04:53
<![CDATA[Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos visited Korea]]> ◈ Made great contribution to increasing bilateral friendship ◈
◈ Made visits to War Memorial, War Monument & UN Cemetery ◈

Former President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos visited Korea with his wife last September at the invitation of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. Former President Ramos participated in the Korean War as a second lieutenant and was awarded with the Presidential Order by Former Korean President Seung-man Lee for his distinguished service during the war. He is recognized to greatly contribute to strengthening the friendship and promoting exchanges between Korea and the Philippines.

Former President Ramos is the only UN Korean War veteran who became the national leader after the war. He attended the ceremony of the Incheon Landing Operation on September 15 and laid a wreath at the Philippine War Monument and the UN Cemetery in Busan, the second largest city of Korea.

President Ramos graduated from the West Point in the U.S. and distinguished himself at the Iri Hill battle in May 1952. He also served in the Vietnam War, and was promoted to General and the Army Chief of Staff. Former President Ramos served as the 12th President from 1992 to 1998. During his term, he focused on economic reform and corruption elimination.

He also attended the welcoming banquet for UN Korean War veterans hosted by Minister Yang KIM of Patriots and Veterans Affairs on September 14.
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2010-10-27 오후 3:12:51
<![CDATA[2010 International Workshop on Veterans Affairs]]> ◈ 13 presenters from 6 countries participated ◈

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister; Yang KIM) held the International Workshop on Veterans Affairs 2010 from August 26 to 27 at the Kim Koo Museum & Library in Seoul. With the aim of promoting policy exchanges in the field of veterans affairs, the workshop was attended by about 70 people in the field of veterans affairs from home and abroad.
This year’s event holds a more significant meaning with 13 presenters coming from six Korean War participating countries such as Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the Philippines and the U.S.
The workshop covered two themes of 「How do the public (central/federal and local governments) and private sectors cooperate to ensure effective delivery of veterans welfare services」 and 「Activities of the veterans-related organizations and their way to cooperate with the central/federal and local governments」.
The 6th workshop since its inception in 2003 was expected to contribute to promoting cooperation among countries in the veterans affairs field and serve as the useful platform for policy exchanges.
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2010-10-26 오후 2:52:00
<![CDATA[MoU concluded with HUFS for scholarship program]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 10 with Korea University of Foreign Studies (President; Park Chul) on the scholarship project for descendants of UN Korean War veterans. Based on this agreement, 32 descendants from 21 UN allies will study at the undergraduate or graduate school of the university from 2011 to 2014. They will be provided the entire expenses including tuition and boarding fees.
This scholarship project is to pay back what Korea owed during the Korean War 60 years ago to UN Allied nations. And, it is expected to further strengthen friendship with those nations.
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2010-09-16 오후 3:03:40
<![CDATA[Peace Camp for Youth was held twice in July]]> ◈ Participants had a chance to visit several war-related facilities ◈


The Ministry held the 2010 Peace Camp for Youth twice last month by inviting descendants of the U.N. soldiers who participated in the 1950-53 Korean War.

This week-long camp was held for six nights and seven days in July with the aim of helping young generations understand the Korean War and the importance of the peace in Korea. About 40 grandchildren of Korean veterans also participated in the event and built friendship with those from UN Allied nations.

The camp started with the opening ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea and the visit to the National Cemetery in Seoul. The lecture on the Korean War and the Peace Seminar were provided contributing to better understanding of the war among descendants of UN Korean War veterans. Young people took Korea’s bullet train KTX to Busan, Korea’s second largest city and visited the UN Memorial Park to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers. They had a chance to learn and experience the Korean traditional masked dance, and visit the Demilitarized Zone, a 4 kilometer-wide strip dividing the two Koreas. During the event, they also joined a bike-riding event around the Han River in Seoul. The event was wrapped up with the closing ceremonies hosted by Paik, Hee-young, Minister of Gender Equality and Family and Woo, Moo-seog, Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

This program was initiated last year and its scale was expanded this year to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War outbreak. In order to express the gratitude to those who helped Korea during the Korean War, the MPVA has been carrying out the Revisit Korea Program which invites the foreign Korean War veterans since 1975. As the average age of those veterans reaches 80, the ministry has turned its attention to their descendants leading to the launch of the Peace Camp for Youth.

The camp is expected to contribute to stronger relations among UN Allied nations for securing world peace.
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2010-08-09 오후 2:06:23
<![CDATA[Educational material commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean war]]>
It includes key information such as the participation of the United Nations forces and the historical meaning of the Korean War, as well as guidance to facilities related to the War located in participating countries.

Various photos are included to promote a more visual understanding as well as various activity programs for students including a workbook.

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Publisher : The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
Office : 02-2020-5137


http://kids.mpva.go.kr/data/data06.asp


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2010-06-14 오후 1:39:47
<![CDATA[3rd round of Revisit Korea Program to be held]]> ◈ Korean War veterans from US & Thailand to revisit Korea ◈

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

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

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

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

With the aim of expressing the sincere gratitude to Korean War veterans and offering an opportunity to them to see how remarkable development Korea has made after they left, the MPVA has been inviting veterans of the UN forces and their family members since 1975. About 26,000 people have revisited Korea until 2009. The scale of this program is to be much expanded in 2010 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The total number of invitees from 21 UN allied nations would reach 2,400 this year who will visit Korea for 11 times from April to November.
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2010-05-13 오후 4:09:11
<![CDATA[Reopening Ceremony for Independence Hall of Korea]]> The Independence Hall of Korea held the re-opening ceremony for its 1st Exhibition Hall (Root of the Nation) on May 4 after completing renovation work on it. The ceremony was attended by about 300 people including Moo-seok Woo, Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Joo-hyun Kim, President of the Independence Hall of Korea, executives of the Korea Liberation Association and heads of local governments and various veterans organizations.

The history museum has launched renovation works for its seven exhibition facilities since 2006 and two facilities of 2nd (The Ordeal of the Nation) and 6th (The Construction of the New Nation) are reopened now. The renewal work for the Root of the Nation (1st) hall was started in August 2009 until through last April.

The reopened 1st hall dedicated to the period ranging from prehistoric times to the Joseon Dynasty has the total floor area of 3,478㎡. It displays various exhibits demonstrating Korea’s rich history and culture and invincible spirit that enabled Korea to overcome numerous aggressions by foreign powers.

As history distortion from neighboring countries of Japan and China is ever increasing, the Independence Hall of Korea plans to take this Root of the Nation hall as a platform to further inspire patriotism by utilizing its exhibits for training programs for youth and cultural events.
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2010-05-12 오전 11:54:52
<![CDATA[2nd Round of Revisit Korea Program was held]]> ◈ 170 veterans from 4 countries to revisit Korea ◈
◈ Daniel Keenan, war orphan to come back to Korea

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yang KIM) held the second round of Revisit Korea Program for UN Korean War veterans from four countries including the US, Turkey, Columbia and Ethiopia. The event was carried out for five nights and six days from April 26 to May 1. A total 170 veterans and their family members came to Korea and visited battlefields where veterans fought against the North Korean invaders, war monuments, the Seoul National Cemetery and the War Memorial.

Lee Hong-koo, co-Chairman of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee presented a Thank-you poster frame to all veterans to express the deepest gratitude to them for sacrifice and devotion they had shown during the Korean War.

Among 21 UN allied nations, the United States of America dispatched the largest number of troops of 1.8 million and suffered casualties of 137,000 soldiers including 37,000 deaths.

What adds more significance to this program is the fact that Daniel Keenan who was adopted to an American family after being born between a Korean mother and an US soldier came back to Korea through this Revisit Korea Program. Hugh Keenan, then US naval surgeon firstly discovered Daniel in front of the US Army base and took in the baby despite complicated administrative procedures thanks to then-President Nixon’s special consideration. Baby Daniel was taken care of by about 1,000 US naval men at the US aircraft carrier anchored in Incheon sea port.

The touching story of Daniel Keenan was made into a television movie titled ‘A Thousand Men and a Baby` in 1997. Keenan arrived in Korea with two Korean War veterans who took care of him before adoption.

As for Turkey, the blood brother country of Korea has greatly contributed to boost morale of UN forces with distinguished military services in spite of difficulties in communication. Particularly, Turkey successfully fought off offensive operations of Chinese Communist forces in Kimryangjang (currently, Yongin in Gyeonggi Province) battle which awarded Turkey a presidential citation from the US and Korea in 1951 and 1952 respectively.

Columbia is the sole country which has participated in the Korean War among Latin American nations, and suffered 639 casualties out of 5,100 soldiers dispatched. Ethiopia sent about 3,500 royal guards and recorded 650 death tolls.

With the aim of expressing the sincere gratitude to Korean War veterans and offering an opportunity to them to see how remarkable development Korea has made after they left, the MPVA has been inviting veterans of the UN forces and their family members since 1975. About 26,000 people have revisited Korea until 2009. The scale of this program is to be much expanded in 2010 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. The total number of invitees from 21 UN allied nations would reach 2,400 this year who will visit Korea for 11 times from April to November.
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2010-05-04 오후 1:46:47
<![CDATA[Former British Prime Minister visited British Korean War Veterans]]>
As British participants’ return to their home country delayed due to Iceland volcano eruption while other veterans from Canada, Australia and New Zealand departed on time, Prime Minister Major expressed his gratitude to the MPVA and the Korean government for their efforts to mitigate inconveniences facing British veterans and their family members.
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2010-04-26 오후 4:27:29
<![CDATA[200 Korean War veterans from the British Commonwealth to revisit Korea]]> ◈ British veterans with distinguished military careers to be invited ◈

As part of the Revisit Korea Program inviting Korean War veterans of 21 UN Allied nations, about 200 veterans and their family members from four member nations of the British Commonwealth including Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand arrived in Korea on April 12. The 1st round of the program is scheduled to be held for seven days until April 18. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs plans to invite at least 2,400 veterans and families from 21 countries this year for six rounds.

Veterans from the Commonwealth are known to achieve brilliant military gains in the battles in Gapyung and Imjin River. Among the veterans visited are William Speakman who was awarded Britain’s top military merit Victoria Cross for his contribution to the safe evacuation of his unit during the war, and Derek Kinne who received the George Cross for the bravery he displayed while captured by Chinese soldiers. In particular, Speakman is the only veteran alive today who received the Victoria Cross.

The four nations of the British Commonwealth dispatched about 94,000 soldiers to Korea during the war, among which 8,100 were either killed or wounded.

A group of veterans saluted their fallen comrades at the National Cemetery in Seoul and the UN Cemetery in Busan, and visited battlefields where they fought against the North Korean invaders and war memorial monuments. Plus, they are expected to attend the banquet hosted by Minister Yang KIM and visit the War Memorial of Korea, one of the largest war museums in the world. Minister KIM will present a Thank You poster frame to all of the war veterans expressing South Korea`s appreciation of them.

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2010-04-14 오후 6:04:44
<![CDATA[Revisit Korea Program to be launched with start of Thai veterans]]> ◈ Thai veterans visited various memorial facilities including UN Memorial Park ◈


The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yang Kim) started the Revisit Korea Program aimed at delivering gratitude to veterans of the UN forces who participated in the Korean War and their family members in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Through this program, it is expected that friendly and cooperative relations with the UN allied nations would be maintained and further enhanced.

To mark the 60th anniversary, the scale of the program is to be expanded this year with the number of participants of about 2,400 from 21 UN allied countries for 11 times from April to November.

Thailand was the first country in Asia to declare its intention to participate in the Korean War and dispatched about 6,300 soldiers. The country suffered about 1,200 casualties including 129 deaths. Thai soldiers had to go through not only fierce battles but intense cold.

A total of 10 people including veterans and their accompanying family members arrived in Korea on March 31. Their itinerary included the visit to the UN Memorial Park in Busan, the Monument for the Participation of Thailand in the Korean War and the War Memorial of Korea, and participation in the Buddhist Culture Forum and service to pay respect to 120 fallen Thai soldiers. They stayed in Korea for four nights and five days.

The MPVA presented a Thank You poster frame expressing the appreciation to the Korean War veterans to all of the participants, and played a PR video on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

With the aim of expressing the deep gratitude to Korean War veterans and offering an opportunity to them to see how remarkable development Korea has made after they left, the MPVA has been inviting veterans of the UN forces and their family members since 1975. About 26,000 people have revisited Korea until 2009.

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2010-04-06 오후 6:02:29
<![CDATA[Heads of Veterans Organization Commemorated War Dead ]]> ◈ Commemoration Ceremony to Mark 60th Anniversary of Korean War ◈

Heads of 12 veterans organizations including the Korea Liberation Association and the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization visited the UN Memorial Park in Busan on March 29 and participated in the commemoration ceremony for the war dead of UN allied nations of the Korean War. This ceremony was designed to mark the 60th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

The ceremony was held to pay respect to those who sacrificed their valuable lives to defend peace and establish democracy in Korea and to express appreciation to UN allied countries. It held a more significant meaning because the ritual took place at the only UN cemetery in the world where 2,300 war dead from 11 countries are buried.

During the Korean War, about 11,000 soldiers were buried at the UN Memorial Park in Busan which was created in January 1951 by the UN Command, but now, most of them were sent back to their home countries.
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2010-04-06 오전 11:47:26
<![CDATA[Minister Kim visited the U.S. for five days]]>
◆ To ask U.N. chief to pay homage at UN Memorial Park in Busan, Korea ◆


Minister Kim Yang traveled to the United States from March 2 through March 6 for talks about commemorative projects marking the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War. During his five day visit, Minister Kim met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and officials from a U.S. organization that will support Korean War commemoration events this year explaining and asking active support for the upcoming events. The visit to the U.N. by Minister Kim well reflects the Korean government’s will to start a commemoration journey at the United Nations, which has decided to dispatched troops of 21 countries to help South Korea attacked by communist North Korea.

During the visit to the U.N. headquarters, Minister Kim presented a ‘Thank You’ poster frame expressing Korea’s appreciation of Korean War veterans overseas to the U.N. head. He also asked Ban to visit the U.N. Memorial Park in Busan, Korea’s southern port city in June to pay respect to those who sacrificed their valuable lives during the Korean War to defend Korea.

The Korean government is preparing a wide range of projects at home and abroad to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. All of these programs are planned by the 60th Anniversary of The Korean War Commemoration Committee launched in 2008.

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2010-03-10 오후 2:52:53
<![CDATA[Presentation on 60th Anniversary Commemorations]]> ◆ Various Commemoration Projects were Briefed ◆

The 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee held a presentation on its various commemorative projects to ambassadors from UN allied nations of the Korean War at the Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on February 12 (Fri.) 7AM.

The presentation led by Minister Kim Yang of the Patriots and Veterans Affairs was attended by about 30 people including Ambassador to the United Nations Park In-kook and ambassadors from 21 UN allied nations. The main agenda of the meeting includes Appreciation Events in 21 UN allied nations and the Revisit Korea Program for Korean War Veterans, the key initiatives of the Commemoration Committee. At the meeting, the Korean side asked governments and diplomatic offices of 21 countries to fully support for the successful commemorative programs.

As for 10 countries scheduled to participate in the G20 Summit Meeting held in Seoul this upcoming November, the committee discussed the measures to connect Korean War commemoration events and the Summit Meeting with the ambassadors of the countries concerned.
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2010-02-24 오후 4:51:39
<![CDATA[Ceremony to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the death of Patriotic Martyr Lee Bong Chang]]> ◈ Attended by 200 people to pay tribute to Lee’s patriotic deed ◈

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

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

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

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

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2010-01-27 오후 3:42:12
<![CDATA[Morale boosting visit by Minister Kim]]> ◈ Measures to prepare for winter weather to be taken

With the year-end holidays approaching, Minister Kim Yang called on national merit reward recipients and listened to their difficulties and suggestions.

On December 22nd, Minister Kim visited the disabled veteran (disability rating of 7th grade) and encouraged him with the gift. Following this, heads of 5 Regional and 20 District Offices and senior officials visited about 500 households of disabled veterans to cheer them up.

And, diverse forms of voluntary activities were also carried out with the aim of allowing the recipients to stay warm during the winter season. For example, Bohun Helpers are sent to the elderly people and those who feel vulnerable living alone. And, those who live in worn-out facilities or remote area can receive a regular visiting health check 2 to 3 times a week. In addition, various measures to cope with cold weather were taken for national merit reward recipients.

Currently, the MPVA is running the BOIVS, Bohun Visiting Service that employs about 1,000 Bohun Helpers to serve around 10,000 elderly people living alone who suffer lack of mobility or cannot be cared by the family. This service providing various home care like cleaning, laundry, nursing and dementia prevention is being well-received by people. The MPVA plans to expand this service continuously to better serve persons with distinguished service to the state.

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2009-12-31 오전 11:53:44
<![CDATA[Presentation on Various Korean War Commemoration Activities in 2010]]> ◆ Long-term cooperative partnership expected to be forged

The 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee held the presentation
on various activities and events to be held in 2010 aimed at commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War.

The presentation took place on December 7, 3 PM at Seoul Plaza Hotel in Seoul.
This briefing served as an effective venue for promoting understanding
of commemorative projects of the Korean War among ambassadors and military officers
from 21 UN allied nations.

The presentation headed by Minister Kim Yang was attended by about 50 people
including ambassadors and military officers from 21 UN allied countries, USFK officials,
and officials from the Commemoration Committee, the Defense Department and the MPVA.

Minister Kim provided detailed explanation on 41 Korean War commemoration projects such as thank-you events planned to be held in UN allied countries and the Revisit Korea Program for Korean War veterans.
During the presentation, Minister Kim shared ways with participants on how to effectively co-host the commemoration events with governments which took part in the Korean War.

A wide range of commemorative activities are designed to instill patriotism and the value of democracy and peace in post-war generation while paying respect and expressing deep gratitude to Korean War veterans of 21 countries and its people.
On top of that, these commemoration programs allow us to introduce today`s Korea, which has risen from the ashes of war to become one of the world`s economic powers.



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2009-12-24 오후 1:44:53
<![CDATA[Sons of Two Korean War Veterans in Preparation of the 60th Anniversary of the June 25 ]]>
The two leaders are both descendents of Korean War veterans. General Sharp is a son of Mr. Earl W. Sharp, who took part in the war as a platoon leader of an infantry of 224th regiment, 40th division of the US Army. He is known to have a strong belief in the military alliance between Korea and the US as well as a personal affection towards Korea.

Minister Kim is a grandson of Baekbeom Kim Gu who emphasized the importance of close relationship between Korea and the US, and the second son of general Kim Shin, who pilot a F-51 Mustang, the first combat plane of the Korean Air Force, during the Korean War.

The recent meeting was the second of its kind. (The first meeting was held on September 14.) It seems encouraging for the bilateral relationship that the two sons of Korean War veterans are preparing for the 60th anniversary of the war.

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2009-11-26 오후 8:04:37
<![CDATA[The 70th Anniversary of the Day of Fallen Patriots ]]>
The ceremony held at Baekbeom Memorial Hall was attended by 700 or so people including the prime minister, government representatives, families of fallen patriots and independence activists.

During the ceremony, wreath was laid, incense was offered, personal histories of independence activists were read, a performance was put on the stage, a speech was delivered by the prime minister, and the song of fallen patriots was sung.

On the same day in Kazakhstan, a ceremony was held at the Korea Education Center in Almaty, sponsored by the Association of Independence Activists` Descendents. The ceremony was held alongside with an exhibition, performance, and a tea party, attended by 500 people including members of the Association of Independence Activists` Descendents and Korean expatriates

The Fallen Patriots` Day ceremony used to be hosted by the Korea Liberation Association and private groups since Korea`s liberation, but the day earned a status of an official memorial day of the government on May 9th, 1997 and the government has been hosting the ceremony ever since.

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2009-11-18 오후 8:04:02
<![CDATA[Bereaved Families of Fallen Soldiers of the UN Forces Pay Visit To the Tombs of Their Beloved Ones F]]>
MPVA provided 36 bereaved family members from the Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with an opportunity to pay tribute to the tombs of their beloved ones laid in the UN Cemetery and experience Korea`s cultural heritage.

This program of inviting bereaved families of fallen Korean War veterans of the UN Forces has been held every year since 2003, the year that marks the 50th anniversary of Armistice, to deliver Korean people`s appreciation to those brave veterans and strengthen the friendly relationship with ally nations.

As of 2008, a total of 200 family members from 8 countries have been invited under this program.

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2009-10-28 오후 8:00:39
<![CDATA[Revisit Korea Program for Korean War Veterans of the UN Forces ]]>
This year, a total of 68 veterans from the US (44), Greek (12), Australia(5), Thailand(3), South Africa(2) were invited from October 20th through 25th, marking the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Air Force.

A major scale air show and a ceremony of making the 60th anniversary of Air Foce formation were held at Seongnam Airfield during their stay. There was a concert to commemorate the UN Day(Oct. 24) and deliver appreciation to the sacrifice and contribution of Korean War veterans of the UN forces at Peace Square inside War Memorial in Yongsan.

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2009-10-27 오후 7:59:33
<![CDATA[Completion of Repairing Korean War Monument in the Philippines ]]>
The monument was first built in October 1967 inside Manila National Cemetery and was refurbished in 2008, the year making the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship of the two nations, fully sponsored by the Korean government.

In October 2009, another Korean War monument was built inside the campus of Philippine Military Academy in Baguio and the construction of a Korean War Memorial Hall will be completed next year.

Minister Kim met with Fidel V. Ramos, the 12th President of the Philippines, defense minister and minister of veterans affairs in Thailand to discuss ways to make a successful revisit program for Korean War veterans, marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and to enhance international cooperation in terms of veterans affairs.

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2009-09-25 오후 7:58:44
<![CDATA[MPVA Invites Korean War Veterans Fought under the UN Flag ]]>
During their stay from Oct. 21th(Wed.) through 27th(Wed.), Minister Kim hosted a reception for the visiting veterans and families and bestowed peace medals and peace ambassadors` certificates.

Mrs. Hannah Kim, a member of "Remember 7. 27", a group that played a key role in the designation of National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day and the passage of the Korean War Veterans Recognition Act, was one of the participants.

The revisit program has been held since 1975, a total of 25,100 veterans and family members have revisited Korea as of 2008.

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2009-09-18 오후 7:58:06
<![CDATA[2009 Intetrnational Workshop on Patriots and Veterans Affairs ]]>
2009 marks the 5th year since the MPVA has hosted the workshop, an arena designed to give government officials to enhance their understanding on veterans policies and grope for future-oriented policy directions by exchanging ideas and practical alternatives with government officials from other nations.

14 people from 7 nations gave presentations on "commemoration events" and "rehabilitation policies" of their nations followed by discussion session by panels.

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2009-09-01 오후 7:56:38
<![CDATA[MPVA Hosts an Overseas Ceremony Marking the 64th Anniversary of Korea's Liberation]]>
It was the first time for the Korean government to host an event of celebrating Korea`s independence in Mexico City. The ceremony was attended by 450 people including the head of Patriots and Veterans Review Commission, Korean ambassador to Mexico, descendents of Korean independence activists, and Korean expatriates. It was designed to revisit the joy of our nations` independence and its meaning and to remind Korean expatriates of patriotism and the pride as Korean people.

The representatives of Korean government visited Merida City to console the descendents of more than 1,000 Korean independence activists who came here in 1905 to be engaged in independence activities such as fund raising and nurturing of independence army even though they had to live a miserable life of laborers at Henequen Farm like slaves. They also paid tribute to the tomb of patriot Kim Ik-ju (awarded the Order of National Pride), the only independence activist in Mexico and who was laid in Mexico City.

In Khabarobsk, the ceremony was held at khabarvsk Music Theatre sponsored by the Korean Association of East Asia and Siberia. The ceremony was attended by 900 or so people including MPVA representatives, Consul General of Vladivostok, director of Korea Education Center in Khabarovsk, chairman of International Human Club, and chairman of Korean Association. At the ceremony, a performance was put on the stage by the performance team of the International Human Club.

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2009-08-17 오후 7:52:32
<![CDATA[Improving national brand power of South Korea through the Revisit Korea Program]]>
On July 22nd, the Minister of the MPVA, Kim Yang reported the plan for the Revisit Korea Program at the 2nd conference of the Presidential Council on National Branding.

For upcoming 60th anniversary of the Korean War, MPVA will invite more veterans than ever before in consideration of their limited chances of revisiting South Korea (Their median age is 79.4 years). Furthermore, MPVA will hold ceremonies to honor the Korean War veterans abroad through cooperation with 38 embassies and legations of the 21 UN Allies of the Korean War.

* Plan to inviting 3 thousand people in 2010 (7 hundred people in 2009)

* During 1975 to 2008, 25 thousand people visited South Korea again

Moreover, the government will support the descendants of the war veterans by assisting job-seeking in and out of the country and providing their admission scholarship for the domestic universities in cooperation with the relevant authorities and related companies. Also, the government will hold the Youth Peace Camp so that South Korean university students can build friendship with the descendants of the Korean War veterans.
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2009-07-29 오후 6:02:23
<![CDATA[MPVA built the monuments for the Korean War veterans abroad]]>
The monuments of the Korean War are for the war veterans from Australia, one of the UN member countries. During the war, 339 people were killed and 1,216 people were injured among 8,407 soldiers. The monuments were built on July 10th and the monuments cost 800,000(AUD) (250,000 AUD from MPVA, 350,000 AUD from NSW Government, 200,000 AUD by fundraising)

The monument were established at the Moore Park, Coner Anzac Parade & Moore Park Road. Materials of the monuments were delivered from Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do where the most of the Australian soldiers had been killed.

After the opening ceremony, the Minister of the MPVA will attend the commemorative ceremony of the Korean War Armistice Agreement on July 27th in Canberra, Australia. After that, the Minister will discuss the ways to strengthen international cooperation with Australia Minister of the veterans` affairs on July 27th and New Zealand Minister of the veterans affairs on July 29th.

Expecially, New Zealand is a blood alliance which dispatched 3,794 soldiers during the Korean War, taking up 40 % of the under 10 thousand military power. 45 New Zealand people were killed and 79 people were injured at that time.

The Minister of the MPVA, Kim Yang hopes to not only extend gratitude for the war veterans but also build cooperative relationships with Australia and New Zealand.
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2009-07-28 오후 6:04:02
<![CDATA[A ceremony to commemorate the victorious Hwaryeongjang Battle]]>
About 1600 people including Lee Jong-jeong, the Vice Minister of MPVA, participants of the Korean War, representatives from all walks of life, local union delegates, residents, students, and soldiers attended the ceremony.

Hwaryeongjang Battle was in the early stage of the Korean War(from July 17th 1950 to July 25th), in which South Korean troops were suffered from repeated lost battles. However, this battle made a big turnover killing 600 North Koreans around Hwaryeongjang area. 4 South Korean soldiers were killed during the war. Besides, it earned the time to establish boundary around Nakdong River. As a reward for their bravery, all the members of the Korean troop got a special promotion of one rank.
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2009-07-28 오후 5:12:31
<![CDATA[The 62th memorial ceremony of Yeo Un-hyong]]>
The government conferred the Order of Merit for National Foundation (Presidential Medal) upon Yeo Un-hyong on 2005.
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2009-07-21 오전 11:01:57
<![CDATA[The 44th memorial ceremony of Dr. Rhee Syngman ]]>
The government conferred the Order of Merit for National Foundation (Republic of Korea Medal) upon Dr. Rhee Syngman on 1949.
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2009-07-21 오전 11:01:24
<![CDATA[The 102th ceremony of the patriotic martyr Yi Jun ]]>
The government conferred the Order of Merit for National Foundation upon Yi Jun on 1962 after his death.
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2009-07-20 오전 10:39:56
<![CDATA[2008 Evaluation on Deregulation]]> - in relation to [Special Employment of Patriots, Veterans, and Bereaved Families] -


1. The purpose and the gist of the [Special Employment of Patriots, Veterans, and Bereaved Families]

2. The necessity of deregulation

3. What has been amended and the future course



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Publisher : The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
Office : 02-2020-5135
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2009-06-18 오전 11:53:08
<![CDATA[77th Anniversary of Maeheon Yun Bong-gil's Patriotic Deed in Shanghai]]> * Where: - Lusin Park, Shanghai, China
- Maeheon Memorial Hall and Chungeuisa (Shrine for patriot Yun Bong-gil) in Korea

A ceremony was held to commemorate the 77th anniversary of Yun Bong-gil`s bombing in Shanghai at 10:00 AM of April 29(Wed) at Lusin Park, Shanghai, China hosted by the Association for Memorial Services of Patriot Yun Bong-gil. His heroic act marked a milestone in the independence movement of Korea during the Japanese colonial period.

The ceremony held in Lusin Park was attended by 200 people including members of the Association for Memorial Services of Patriot Yun, Korean consulates, Korean expatriates, officials of Hong Kou District. Speeches were delivered by Chairman Kam Hak-jun (read by vice chairman Kim Dal-su) of the Association and Kim Jeong-gi, the Korean Consul General in Shanghai, and Eung Myeong-yong vice mayor of the Hong Kou District, then attendees sang Yun Bong-gil song.

Yun Bong-gil (1908. 6.21~1932.12.19) was born in Yesan, Korea. In the wake of the March first movement in 1919, he quit the school in abhorrence to the Japanese colonization education and attended Ochi Seosuk (a village school that taught Korean and Chinese).

In 1928, he opened an evening class in his hometown to teach children of farmers and he organized "Woljinhoe" to wage enlightenment movement for rural communities in 1929. He published Nongmin Dokbon (an agrarian reader) to encourage unity of the farmers and nurture nationalism and patriotic spirit. Under the oppression of the Japanese, he took refuge to China and joined Korean Patriotic Association led by Baekbeom Kim Gu and volunteered to carry out the bombing in Shanghai.

The Japanese was supposed to celebrate their occupation of Shanghai at Hong Kou Park on the occasion of the birthday of the Japanese Emperor, but Yun went to the place of celebration to throw a bomb which injured many Japanese military leaders, setting a milestone in the independence movement of Korea and contributing to the alliance between China and Korea. Yun was arrested on the spot and went through severe torture and interrogation by the Japanese military police and was sentenced to death by a single military trial on May 25. After being transferred to Japan in November 18th, he was shot to death at 7:40 AM on December 19 of the year, when he was 25.

The remains of Patriot Yun along with those of Lee Bong-chang and Baek Jeong-gi were brought home at the behest of Patriot Kim Gu and reburied on "Three Patriots` Graves" inside Hyochang Park on June 30th, 1946.

In order to honor his contribution to the country, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Daehan Minguk Jang (the Order of the Republic of Korea) in 1962.


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2009-04-30 오후 9:30:52
<![CDATA[[Notice] 2009 MPVA Academic Paper Contest (11th)]]>
* Subject (Examples)

1.Inheritance and Encouragement of Patriotic Spirit among the Korean People

❍ Development of Youth Participation Programs and Online Youth Education
❍ Revitalization of Existing Monuments and Facilities Established to Uphold the Spirit of Independence, National Sovereignty, and Democracy
❍ Enhancing Functions of Rewarding Patriots and Veterans for the Sake of National Unity
❍ Ways to Strengthen Sense of Nation for Establishing National Identity.
❍ Development of New Project Items to Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War for Enhancing the Sense of Patriotism

2.Improvement in the Benefits and Medical Welfare Policies for Patriots and Veterans

❍ Establishment of Proper Benefit System for Patriots and Veterans
❍ Improvement in Medical and Welfare Services Offered to Aged Patriots and Veterans

3.Proper Support for Retired Service Members

❍ Job Creation
❍ Support to Help Ex-service Members’ Smooth Transition into Civilian Life (Counseling, Education, Vocational Trainings, etc.)

4.Development of Future-oriented Policies

❍ Improvement in the MPVA Organization and Operation System
❍ Future Direction of the Independence Hall of Korea
❍ Ways to Utilize National Cemeteries in Educational Purpose for the sake of Strengthening Patriotism
❍ Direction of MPVA Policies in Preparation of Reunification of Korea

**** The subjects above are only examples. You can apply with a paper under the theme if it is related to patriots and veterans affairs.

* Eligibility

❍ Students : Undergraduate students (including vocational college students) or graduate students
❍ General : Open to all Korean people
❍ Teachers : Teachers of elementary, middle or high schools

* How to Apply

❍ Length: A4, between 23 to 35 pages & 2 pages long abstract
❍ Style: Academic style (Source References, Quotations and Footnotes in an academic paper)

- main text(Font:11 point Shinmyeongjo, Gap between lines:180, Frame (top :20, bottom :51, left :37, right :37mm)
- Footnote(Gap between lines:160, Font: 9.5 point Shinmyeongjo)

**** Reference “MPVA Homepage (Korean) - Bohungirokgwan - Academic Papers”

* Open :August 19, 2009 ~ September 18, 2009


* How to submit
❍ Via E-Mail : kkhjoa@mpva.go.kr

❍ Via Courier : Office of Planning and Budget, Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, 17-23 Yoeidodong, Bangsonggil 13, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (Zip: 150-874)

* Announcement of Awardees: Oct. 30, 2009 (provisional)
Names of the awardees will be announced on the MPVA homepage

* Rewards

ㅇ Students(6) : Best price(1) - 2 million Wons,
Second(2) - 1 million Wons each
Third(3) - 500,000 Wons each

ㅇ General (6) : Best price(1) - 2 million Wons,
Second(2) - 1 million Wons each
Third(3) - 500,000 Wons each

ㅇ Teachers(6) : Best price(1) - 2 million Wons,
Second(1) - 1 million Wons each
Third(1) - 500,000 Wons each

**** All the prize winners will be granted certificates issued by the MPVA Minister and reward money. All the applicants will be granted souvenirs.


* Miscellaneous
❍ Evaluation Criteria: Practicality(40%), Creativity(30%), Logic(20%), Truth(10%)
❍ Applicants should state name, organization, address, resident registration number, telephone number, and e-mail address.
- Students and teachers need to enclose documentations to prove their identity (Certificate of Enrollment/ Certificate of Employment)
❍ Once a paper is applied, it shall not be returned to the applicant. For more information, call +82-2-2020-5124 to Mr. Go Hui-ju, an officer in charge of the paper contest.

If a prize winning paper is found to be plagiarized, the prize will be revoked and the reward money will be collected. All the rights of the prize winning papers will belong to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.



April 2009

Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

(www.mpva.go.kr)


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2009-04-02 오전 12:18:18
<![CDATA[71st Memorial Service for Independence Activist Ahn Chang-ho]]> Where: In front of Patriot Ahn Chang-ho`s Grave, Dosan Park

A memorial service for Independence activist Ahn Chang-ho will be held on March 10 at Dosan Park hosted by the Association of Commemorative Services for Patriot Ahn Chang-ho (Chairman Baek Nak-hwan). Ahn was a key member in the founding of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai and established the Young Korean Academy (Heungsadan), dedicating himself to enlightening Korean people as a way one of the important components in their struggle for independence.

The memorial service will be attended by around 300 people including chairman Kim Young-il of the Korea Liberation Association (KLA), chairman Ban Jae-cheol of the Young Korean Academy, members of KLA and Heungsadan. The service will be commenced with the reading of Dasna’s biography, followed by speeches of chairman Baek, the president of Korea (read by MPVA Minister), and the KLA chairman. After the speeches, attendees will sing along the song dedicated to Ahn led by Apgujeong Women`s Choir, pay wreathes, and burn incense for the martyr.

Ahn was born in 1878 in Kangso, Pyeongan province, in present-day South Pyongan, North Korea. Being a outstanding orator and shrewd organizer, he joined Dongniphyuphoe (Independence Clubs) and hosted manmingongdonghoe (a congress of mass people), appealing to Korean people for independence and self-consciousness. In 1902, Ahn moved to Seoul where he attended Gusae Hakdang, a missionary-sponsored school and eventually converted to Christianity over a period of four years.

In 1902, Ahn came to San Francisco and founded the Friendship Society in 1903, the first Korean organization in the continental United States. And in 1905, he established the Mutual Assistance Society (MAS) in a bid to form reciprocity among Korean diasporas and the independence of Korea and published a MAS newspaper as the first leader of the group.

In 1906, he came back to Korea to organized "Shinminhoe," or the New People`s Association in 1907, staging independence movement. In 1909, he organized the "Young Student Academic Association,"leading independence movement among youths. In 1910, he dismissed the suggestion to form a government and took refuge in China. In 1912, back in the US, he organized the Korean National Association in San Francisco and became the first chairman. In 1913, he organized Heungsadan( Young Korean Academy), waging movement for enlightening the Korean people and the recovery of the sovereignty of his nation.

His moral and spiritual leadership stirred the hearts of young Koreans and his belief that education of the people is the only way to make true independence from the Japanese and his "Truth and Action," the founding ideology of Heungsadan, are upheld by today’s generations.

In February of 1919, he hosted a convention of Korean expatriates in San Francisco and prepared to send envoys to the Paris Peace Convention. In the wake of the March first Movement and the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, he lead publication of Dongnipshinmun (Independence Newspaper) as the minister of home affairs and acting prime minister of the government. In 1923, he organized "Daedongnipdang (Independence Political Party)" and tried to build a base for independence movement in Bukman, China. In 1924, he established "Myeong Academy" in Nankin, devoted his whole life to independence of Korea by educating people.

He presided over the convention of Heungsadan in January 1931 and was elected president. He committed himself to innovating the people of Korea and nurturing human resources among youths though publication of Heungsadan Newspaper.

Ahn was arrested by the Japanese authorities in June 1937, but due to severe illness, he was released on bail and transferred to the Kyungsung University hospital where he died on March 10, 1938. He had been buried in Manguri, but his remains were exhumed and rebured in Dosan Park in 1937. He was honored with Daehan Minguk Jang (the Order of the Republic of Korea) in 1962.


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2009-03-10 오전 12:58:28
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to Honor the Martyrs of the March 1st Movement Marking its 90th Anniversary ]]> Where: Tapgol Park
Attendees: Some 600 people including members of the Korea Liberation Association

A memorial service was held in front of Taegalbi (monument) inside Tapgol Park on Feb. 28th to honor those who lost their lives in the March 1st Movement and uphold their spirit of independence, hosted by the Korea Liberation Association (KLA).

The ceremony designed to honor the noble patriotism of those who sacrificed their lives for the recovery of Korea`s national sovereignty in the fight against the Japanese, was attended by some 600 people including MPVA Minister Kim Yang, KLA Chairman Kim Yeong-il, and chairman Na Yeong-ui of bereaved families of 33 representatives, chairman Lee Won-beom of the Association of Commemorative Services for March 1st Movement, chairwoman Park Yong-ok of the Women`s Association, members of other associations related to independence movement, and citizens.

The ceremony was commenced with the reading of a formulary followed by reading of the Declaration of Independence, speeches addressed by the Minister Kim and Mr. Lim Dong-hwan, a spiritual leader of Cheondogyo religion, commemorating song staged by Women’s Association Choir and Police Brass Band, wreath laying, incense burning, gun salute firing, moment of silence, singing of March 1st song, and shouting hurray three times.
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2009-03-02 오후 11:19:49
<![CDATA[Hong Byeong-gi [1869 ~ 1949] (March 2009)]]>
Patriot Hong Byeong-gi was born on Nov. 5th of 1869 in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do (province) as the only son of Hong Il-ryong and Han Ik-hwa. He learned Chinese literature and martial art and pass the national military service examination in 1887 at the age of 19.
In 1892 at age 24, he joined Donghak movement and took part in the fights in Mujangm Yeongdong, Boeun, Eumseong, Gongju.

When Donghak was transformed into Cheondogyo in Dec. 1905, he served as an important teacher of the religion, deciding major policies and political lines.
In 1910, with strong abhorrence toward the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty, he thought "Korea will be liberated from Japan in accordance with the principle of self-determination," knowing that Woodrow Wilson, then president of the US, revived the principle at the Paris Peace Conference in 1918.

He figured out plans for the independence of Korea when he met Gwon Dong-jin on around Feb. 10 of 1919, and participated along with representatives of Korean people in the declaration of Korea`s independence held in Taehwagwan at 14:00, Mar. 1st. After the declaration, Hong was arrested by the Japanese Police.

When Hong was questioned by the judge "Are you going to continue to engage in the independence movement after you are released?" he answered "Definitely. I will as long as I have a chance." Until he was sentenced to 2 years in prison at the final hearing held on Oct. 30th of 1920 on the Gyeongseong High Court, he suffered the hardships of prison life.

After serving two years in Gyeongseong Prison, he was released on Nov. 4th of 1921, and he organized Goryeo Innovation Committee on Jul. 14th of 1922 and chaired the group. Since it was very hard to stage independence movement inside the nation, the Committee tried to carry on in the Maritime Province of Siberia)
He organized Cheondogyo Contingency Innovation Committee on Apr. 5th of 1924, and Goryeo Innovation Party on Mar. 29th of 1926 along with 11 people including choi Dong-he, Yang Gi-tak, Oh Dong-jin, and Jeong Won-heum. But the organization was exposed to the Japanese surveillance, and he was arrested again on Jan. 19th of 1927 and put to jail on Apr. 20th of 1928 to serve for 2 years in Shinuiju Prison.

After the prison term, he was hit by a truck on Jan. 26th of 1949, losing a leg and being injured on his head. He was immediately sent to the 2nd Army Hospital, but he passed away the day of the accident at the age of 81.

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2009-03-02 오전 12:41:50
<![CDATA["Pit-a-pat Korea Campaign" Marking the March 1st Movement ]]>
** "Pit-a-pat Korea Campaign" to Revisit the Burning Hope for Independence 90 Years Ago **
** UCC Contest and Interesting Events Designed to Prop Up Patriotism **

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Kim Yang) will launch an online campaign titled "Pit-a-pat Korea 2009" on the portal site "Daum" in an attempt to promote patriotism and people`s interest in March 1st Movement on the occasion of this year`s anniversary of the March 1st Movement and the 90th anniversary of Korea`s Provisional Government.

The MPVA has prepared the campaign to seek the national unity for overcoming the ongoing economic crisis by upholding the spirit of independence shown by our ancestors who sacrificed their lives for the independence of our nation and remembering the burning hope of the members of Korea`s Provisional Government for the recovery of national sovereignty.

You can participate in the campaign from February 16th through March 15th by clicking on the banner posted on http://www.daum.net . The campaign will be consisted of 3 events including UCC Contest.

You can film various ways of re-enacting the March 1st Movement that set the hearts of our people on fire 90 years ago and post them on the Daum site. What is unique about this contest is that you need to post your UCC according to the place you film the footage. If you post a UCC taken against the backdrop of one of the major cities of the world, the footage will appear at the place it was filmed on the world map. Outstanding works will be rewarded. (First prize winner will be granted 2,000,000 won and a testimonial from the MPVA Minister.

Second event is Blogger`s News. MPVA invites you to post news on a blog under the theme of "You are the real patriot." The event was designed to send cheerful messages to those who work hard to make things different and better for our future at the place they are. (i.e. soldiers, fire fighters, policemen, volunteer workers, etc.)

Besides, you may easily participate in the "What made your heart went pit-a-pat ?" event by posting an article or picture (with a story) that aroused your patriotism.

The whole idea of the "Pat-a-pat Korea Campaign" is to make ordinary people feel comfortable about the way of loving our country. It is believed that the event will serve as an opportunity to remember the meaning of the March 1st Movement and the establishment of Korea`s Provisional Government.




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2009-02-14 오전 1:14:30
<![CDATA[82nd Anniversary of Shinganhoe's Foundation]]> Where: Korea Press Center

The 82nd anniversary of the foundation of Shinganhoe, the largest group of national independence movements in Korean history during Japanese colonial ruling, will be held at 2:30 PM, February 13 (Fri.) at the Korea Press Center co-hosted by the Association of Commemorative Services for Shinganhoe and Association of Commemorative Services for Patriot An Jae-hong (chairman Kim Jin-hyeon).

The ceremony will be attended by a total of 200 people including Lee Byeong-gu, head of the Seoul Office of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans, Nam Man-u, vice chairman of Korea Liberation Association(KLA), members of associations related to independence movement and the KLA. The ceremony will commence with the reading of the Shinganhoe`s code of conduct and activities followed by the commemorative remarks by the chairman of the Association of Commemorative Services for Shinganhoe and congratulatory remarks by the head of MPVA Seoul Office and the KLA chairman and hurray shouting three times.

Shinganhoe is an anti-Japanese organization set up in February 15th of 1927 by 34 left and right wing activists including Ahn Jae-hong, Lee Sang-jae, Shin Chae-ho, Shin Seok-u, Baek Gwan-su, Tu Eok-gyeom, Gwon Dong-jin, Hong Myeong-hee, and Kim Yak-su under the banner of "Collaborative Platform of a Single Political Party," seeking nationalism.

Headed by the Lee Sang-jae and Gwon Dong-jin, first chairman and vice chairman respectively, the members of Shinganhoe expanded the influence by forming numerous branches across the nation aimed to stimulate patriotic, political and economic awakening, obtain the freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, and press, support equality movement of women and youth, reject factionalism and genealogy-oriented mindset, denounce Oriental Colonization Society, and wage diligence and frugality movement.

In 1930, the group had 140 branches with 39,000 members across the nation and carried out activities even in Japan.

The root of Shinganhoe was shaken in November of 1929 when 44 core members of the group including Jo Byeong-ok, Lee gwan-yong, Lee Won-hyeok were arrested while scheming to hold a mass meeting designed to protest the oppression of student movement and seek independence of the nation.

While the core members were in prison, leftist members who were discontent with the nationalist right-wing leadership sought to disband Shinganhoe and the resistance organization finally disappeared in 4 years of foundation when 77 board members voted to dissolve it in May 1931.

As the first single biggest legitimate party that transcended political ideology during the Japanese Imperialistic ruling, Shinganhoe took the lead waging independence movement and supported to spread Gwangju Student Anti-Japanese Movement to all over the country. Unfortunately, however, it collapsed owing to internal disunity rather than the oppression by the Japanese.

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2009-02-12 오후 11:58:15
<![CDATA[A Ceremony Marking 90th Anniversary of February 8 Independence Declaration]]> When: 11 AM on Feb. 7th, 2009 / Where: YMCA Tokyo, Japan

The commemoration ceremony marking the 90th anniversary of the Feb. 8th Independence Declaration will be held on February 7th at Tokyo YMCA building (AM 11:00) hosted by hosted by the Korean YMCA in Japan (President; Yong-seong Kim). The declaration, carried by Korean students studying in Japan determined to recover the Korea`s national sovereignty at the heart of Japan in Tokyo, served as a catalyst for the March 1st Movement.

A total of 250 people including Kim Yang, chairman of the MPVA Committee for Deliberation of Merit Reward Awardees, Kim Young-il, president of the Korea Liberation Association (KLA), Kwon Cheol-hyeon, the Korean ambassador to Japan, Hur Maeng-do, vice president of Mindan, or the Korean Residents Union in Japan, and members of the KLA and Korean residents living in Japan will join the ceremony. The ceremony will commence with the reading of the February 8 Independence Declaration followed by the keynote speech by MPVA Minister Kim Yang and thanks remarks by the Ambassador, the KLA president, and the Mindan president. Then a congratulatory performance will be staged before shouting hurray three times.

Minister Kim invited Oishi seuseumu, grandson of Datsezi, the first Japanese to award the Orders of Merit for National Foundation of Korea, along with the vice president of Mindan, and members of Student Volunteers in Japan Association to a dinner on the eve of the ceremony.

The February 8 Independence Declaration was an epoch-making event in the history of Korea`s independence movement waged by students. It was signed by 11 representatives including Choi Pal-yong, Song Gye-baek, Kim Do-yeon, and Kim Sang-deok, of Joseon Cheongnyeon Dongnipdan (Joseon Youth Independence Party) organized by Korean students studying in Japan in the influence of the principle of self-determination of people advocated by President Woodrow Wilson of the United States. Then it was declared in Tokyo, the heart of Japan, at the gathering of 400 Korean students in Japan on February 8th of 1919.
The event served as a catalyst for the March 1st Movement took place about a month later, greatly influenced in Korean students` fight against the Japanese in the 1920s, and set the stage for the organization of countless independence movement groups at home and abroad and the establishment of a provisional government of Korea.

A day earlier, the same commemorating ceremony was held in Seoul, Korea, hosted by YMCA Seoul (chariman Kang Tae-cheol) and the Association of Patriots Contributed to the Independence of Korea (chairman Yoon Yu-hyeon). A total of 200 people attended the ceremony.

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2009-02-07 오전 2:18:54
<![CDATA[Minister Yang KIM partook in the dinner for the KWVets ]]>
At the dinner, minister Yang KIM delivered a speech, in which he expressed deep gratitude of the korean people to the veterans for their service during the korean war and asked them continued interest and support to maintain this relationship intact in the future. And he added that we would never forget the noble sacrifices and dedications of the korean war veterans.

This special dinner was held in the Hotel Capital in Seoul, on November 17th, hosted by the chairman of Korean Veterans Association.

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2008-11-25 오후 5:26:57
<![CDATA[Korean War Vets abroad pay a silent tribute toward Busan]]>
The message for the Nov. 11th commemorative ceremony from the Minister Yang KIM was published and read in the worldwide.

At 11:00 AM on that day, Korean War veterans in the Commonwealth nations, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the US and France paid a silent tribute toward UN Memorial Cemetery where 2,300 UN forces who served during the Korean War were laid to rest in peace.

This special event initiated by Mr. Vincent Courtenay, president of the Korean War Commemoration Council of Canada is designated that Korean War Veterans honor and remember by turning toward this cemetery where 2,300 of the UN`s fallen braves were interred during the Korean War, and to hold two minutes of silence for fallen Korean War heroes under the slogan of `Turn Toward Busan` movement.

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2008-11-21 오후 3:59:16
<![CDATA[The Completion Ceremony of Korean War Monument in Colombia]]>
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs,Yang KIM delivered a speech, in which he expressed deep gratitude of the Korean people to the veterans for their service during the Korean War and asked them for continued support for and interest in Korea.

* Korean War veterans departed Colombia on that day in 1950.
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2008-11-20 오후 5:51:09
<![CDATA[Korean War Monument in Colombia]]> ]]> 2008-11-20 오후 5:42:43 <![CDATA[Prime Minister delivered a speech in the Ceremony ]]>
The commemoration ceremony was the 69th government-led event in honor of the patriots who sacrificed themselves for the independece of our nation.

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.


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2008-11-20 오후 5:40:15
<![CDATA[The Ceremony of Turn Toward Busan]]>
Vice Minister of MPVA Jong Jung LEE, 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.

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

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2008-11-17 오후 2:20:16
<![CDATA[Tribute Message by Minister Yang KIM ]]>
Fifty-eight years ago, you brave men and women left your homes and families to defend the Republic of Korea, a country you never knew and a people you never met, to preserve peace and democracy in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

In recognition of all who served here in the various United Nations contingents on land, sea and air, and in humble commemoration to those who fell in their service, the Government of Korea has declared the 11th day of November to be a Day of Thanks and Tribute for the United Nations Fallen.

Our nation can never fully repay its special and great debt to you who came to Korea so long ago and who so selflessly risked all for our country and our people. We owe you, and especially those who lost their lives in service, both during the three-year Korean War and in the peacekeeping duties that followed, our everlasting thanks and praise.

Our Government and people make every possible effort to provide support for the care of the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, where 2,300 braves from 11 different nations still rest in peace.

The soil of the UN Memorial Cemetery and of Korea was richly endowed by the selfless action and boundless courage of those who served here. It has been watered many times by the sorrow, grief and tears of the mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and comrades of those who fell defending out land. Even though you feel proud of your loved ones, their loss leaves many deep holes that can never be filled in the lives of the family members and loved ones.

Your noble actions and the ultimate sacrifice made by your fallen comrades endow your own nations with great honor. Your magnificent acts should be remembered forever in the histories of your own countries and always number always among their most outstanding achievements.

On November 11, Today We are proudly participate in the `Turn Toward Busan Commemorative Ceremony of Thanks and Remembrance for the United Nations Fallen.` It is held with full national honors within the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan.

We dedicate ourselves and our nation to the perpetuation of the wonderful democracy you have made possible and to work at the world`s highest levels in all spheres of human endeavor.

I call upon the people of Korea to join in honoring, appreciating and remembering all the Korean War Veterans who died or are still missing, those disabled and all still living for their valiant service to Korea. I ask all Korean people to take a moment of remembrance for the world‘s Korean War Veterans.

The Korean War Veterans and their families will be in our thoughts and prayers on a daily basis and they will receive our loving thanks at every possible opportunity.

God bless all Korean War Veterans and their family members and those who have served in the UN Allied Forces.

Yang KIM
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
Republic of Korea
November 11, 2008

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2008-11-17 오후 2:00:53
<![CDATA[Dinner for Korean War Veterans in Arlington]]>
A dinner for Korean War Veterans was held at Crown Plaza Hotel in Arlington after the ceremony commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

At the Dinner, Minister KIM delivered a speech, in which he expressed deep gratitude of the Korean people to the veterans for their service during the Korean War and asked them for continued support for and interest in Korea.

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2008-08-04 오후 1:59:17
<![CDATA[Vice Minister welcomes Norwegian Delegation]]> At the Welcoming Luncheon for Norwegian Delegation

Elisabeth Larsen, Director General of Dep. of Defense and the head of Delegation,
Distinguished Norwegian veterans and their families
Distinguished guests and Ladies and gentlemen!
I am honored and pleased to welcome you all and I would like to thank those who have traveled long distance to join us here today. I heard that it took more than 17 hours for you to fly in Korea from Norway. I hope you get over a jetlag.


I was told that to most of you, this is your first visit to Korea since the Korean War.
I think you might be astonished by the development of Seoul today since it has developed into a fabulous place that no one could ever imagine 50 years ago.


Almost all Korean War veterans who revisited Korea said that they were impressed by the development of Korea and they also said they were very proud of their participation in the Korean War. I am certain that all of you here feel the same way.
The remarkable development of Korea was not free. It is the product of hardworkings of the Korean people with the help of the decent service and noble sacrifice of Korean War veterans.

The Korean people never forget how blessed we were to have friend countries who provided helping hands when we were faced with the Communist invasion. The friend countries sent their brave combat troops and medical forces and Norway was one of them. I’d like to take this moment to thank the Norwegian government and the Norwegian people for helping us in the time of need.


Norway sent its great 623 men and women of medical doctors, nurses and personnel. They gave everything to save lives. They even extended their service time to give more medical assistance to Korea. Even after the mobile surgical hospital (NORMASH) closed its door, Norway didn’t stop its medical aid. Its medical forces stayed in Korea and helped Korea establish the National Medical Center, making great contribution to the improvement of medical services in this country.


Distinguished Guests!
Norway and Korea have enjoyed a long history of friendship since we established a diplomatic relations in 1959. Norway, a member nation of NATO has always been a close friend to Korea as Norway supported Korea in international arenas such as at the UN.
I firmly believe that Oslo and Seoul will further develop our friendship into partnership.


This year is very special to the Korean people as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Korea. We accomplished industrialization and democratization and now we set our sights on becoming one of top advanced countries in the world.
I ask your continuous support and interest in Korea.


Once again, I would like to extend my gratitude and respect to you for the service and sacrifice you made during the Korean War.
I hope you have a good time in Seoul and take pleasant memories when you return home. I wish you all the health and happiness.
Thank you.

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2008-07-25 오후 4:59:08
<![CDATA[Minister Yang KIM Visits Washington]]>
The ceremony will be organized by the KWVA (Korean War Veterans Association) and be attended by 200 people or so including the Honorable James Peake, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Yang KIM, Korean Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and Korean War veterans.

During his visit to the US from July 24 to 31, Minister KIM will pay tribute to Arlington National Cemetery and visit the Department of Veterans Affairs of the US to discuss plans with Secretary James Peake to cooperate in the veterans’ affairs. Minister KIM also plans to visit the United States Congress to meet Congressmen, James McGovern and Charles Rangel and discuss ways to cooperate in commemoration programs for the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War in 2010.

In addition, Minister KIM will visit the City of Worcester to attend a memorial service to honor Korean War veterans and six ROK sailors killed in action the 2nd Yeonpyeong Sea Battle and will express the thanks of the Korean people to the Mayor of the city of Worcester for proclaiming June 29 to be Korean Veterans Remembrance Day.

The MPVA expects this official visit to the US will serve as a good opportunity to strengthen the US-Korea alliance in the future.

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2008-07-25 오후 4:52:50
<![CDATA[Welcoming Luncheon for Norwegian Veterans Delegation]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs hosted a welcoming luncheon for Norwegian Veterans Delegation on July 25, 2008 at Saturn Hall, 63 Building.

The Luncheon was hosted by Vice Minister of the MPVA Lee Jong-jung and attended by 35 persons including Director General of the Department of Defense of Norway who leads the delegation, five Norwegian veterans who served in the Korean War, veterans, soldiers and their families.

The Norwegian Delegation’s visit to Korea this time is to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The Delegation arrived on July 20th and will depart on July 29th, and they planned to visit memorial sites including the UN Memorial Garden, the DMZ and the Seoul National Cemetery.

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2008-07-25 오후 3:22:25
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to honor Dr. Rhee Syng-man ]]>
The service was attended by Vice Minister Lee Jong-jung of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, 300 or so people, including members of the Korea Liberation Association and Association of Commemorative Services for the first president Rhee, Syng-man.

Dr. Rhee Syng-man (March 26, 1875 – July 19, 1965) was born in Pyeong-san, Hwanghae Province in the North. He published a weekly newspaper called Hyupsung bulletin in 1896 and sharply criticized the government in the weekly.

He went to the US in November, 1904, and graduated in 1907 from The George Washington University, from Harvard University in 1909. He enrolled at Princeton University in September of 1909, apparently obtained a Ph.D. in Politics on June 14, 1910 and then, returned to Korea. He was appointed as a representative of World Methodist Conference and went back to the US. He settled in Hawaii and published Korea-Pacific magazine and devoted himself to independence movement, cooperating with Park, Young-man and Ahn, Chang-ho.

When the Provisional Korean Government in Shanghai was established after the March 1st Movement in 1919, he was elected as the president of the provisional government. He also participated in the Washington Disarmament Conference May, 1912 and in the Council of the League of Nations, Geneva in 1933 to expose the Japanese aggression.

When the Pacific War broke out after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 8th, 1940, he appealed for unity of all Koreans through VOA. After Japan`s surrender he returned to Korea on October 16th, 1945 and was elected as the first president of the Republic of Korea in 1948.

He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1949.

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2008-07-23 오후 4:37:44
<![CDATA[A ceremony in memory of Yuh Woon-Hyung]]>
A ceremony to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the death of Korean nationalist Yuh Woon-hyung was held in front of his grave in Seoul at 10 a.m. of July 19th.
Organized by the Association of Memorial Service for Yuh Woon-Hyung, the memorial service was attended by nearly 150 persons including government officials, members of independence movement organizations and his bereaved family.

Yuh Woon-Hyung (April 24, 1885 – July 19, 1947) was a Korean politician who argued that Korean independence was essential to world peace. His pen-name was Mongyang, the Chinese characters for "dream" and "light." He is rare among politicians in modern Korean history in that he is revered in both South and North Korea.
Yuh was born in Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province, the son of a local yangban magnate. At age 15, Yuh enrolled in the Baejae School but in less than one year moved to Heunghwa School. After moving to yet another school and leaving that school before graduation, Yuh began in 1907 to study the Bible and befriended the American missionary Charles Allen Clark, who helped him found Kidok Kwangdong School in 1909. In 1910, Yuh dramatically parted from Korean tradition by freeing slaves owned by his household. In 1911, Yuh enrolled in Pyongyang Presbyterian Theological Seminary and, in 1914, went to China where he studied English literature at a university in Nanjing. In 1917, he moved to Shanghai. In 1918, he organized the Mindan (Korea Resident Association) in that city, to provide a base for pro-independence activities. Yuh took part in the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in 1919 and served as a member of that body`s Legislative Assembly.
Like many in the Korean independence movement, Yuh sought aid from both right and left. In 1920, he joined the Corea Communist Party and, in 1921, attended the First Congress of the Toilers of the Far East in Moscow. However, he joined the right-wing Chinese Nationalist Party in 1924 and worked for Sino-Korean cooperation. In 1929, he was arrested by the British police for criticizing Britain’s colonial policy and handed over to the Japanese for imprisonment in Korea. After being released from prison in 1932, Yuh took on a variety of anti-Japanese activities in areas of the media and sports. During the Berlin Olympics a Korean marathon runner, Sohn Kee-chung, won the gold medal. Sohn, however, was running for the Japanese. The Chungang Daily News, of which Yuh was the editor, ran the photograph but removed the Japanese flag from his jersey. The Japanese closed down the newspaper and arrested Yuh for the action. In addition to serving as editor of the Chungang Daily News, he also served as the president of the Choson JungAng Ilbo and other sports associations.
In anticipation of Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, Yuh organized in 1944 the Korean Restoration Brotherhood, a nationwide underground organization. When Japan finally surrendered to the Allies on August 15, 1945 and Deputy Governor General Abe transferred his government to Yuh in exchange for safeguard of Japanese in Korea, it enabled him to promptly form the Committee for Preparation of Korean Independence. In September of 1945, Yuh proclaimed the establishment of the Korean People`s Republic and became its vice-premier. In October, he stepped down under pressure from the United States military government, and organized the People`s Party of Korea, becoming its chairman. For the following months of the anti-trusteeship movement and other political changes, Yuh took a line of action in concert with the communists.
When a movement to unify the political left and the political right arose in May 1946, Yuh represented the center-left and occupied a position on the center between the left and the right. Yuh’s political stance was, however, attacked by both the extreme right and the extreme left, and his efforts to pursue a centrist position was made increasingly untenable by the political realities of the time. On July 19, 1947, Yuh was assassinated in Seoul by a 19-year-old man named Han Chigeun, a recent refugee from North Korea and an active member of a nationalist right-wing group. Yuh`s death was widely mourned.

To honor his contribution to the State, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Presidential Medal in the Order of Merit to Naitonal Foundation in 2005.


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2008-07-23 오후 4:05:49
<![CDATA[Minister Kim, meeting with his Canadian counterpart]]> ]]> 2008-07-14 오전 10:11:00 <![CDATA[Welcoming Luncheon for Veterans Affairs Canada Delegation]]>
His Canadian counterpart, Greg Thompson visited Korea with his 146 delegation to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Armistice agreement.
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2008-07-14 오전 9:34:20
<![CDATA[MPVA, Offering Financial Assistance for Erecting a Monument in Columbia]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs plans to provide a financial assistance for Columbia to erect a monument commemorating Columbia’s participation in the Korean War. The MPVA will assist a worth of 120 million won in electing the monument as a way of commemorating the 60th anniversary of founding the Republic of Korea. The monument is to be build at Navy Museum located in Cartagena, Columbia.

The monument project has been pushed ahead with by the two governments since 2006 as an effort to memorize noble sacrifice of Columbian war veterans and to promote the friendship between the two countries.

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2008-07-14 오전 9:27:10
<![CDATA[Minister's message at the Welcoming Dinner for the IKFWVA Delegation]]> The Honorable
Kim Yang
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
The Republic of Korea
A the Welcoming Dinner for IFKWA Delegation


Good Evening!

Honorable
IFKWVA Delegation,
Ambassadors and Defense Attachés,
Distinguished guests!

Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to all of you.
I am very delighted to see you this evening.
Foremost, I would like to offer my gratitude to those who traveled long distance to be here and my thanks also go to distinguished guests for joining us, this evening.

This year has a special significance as we Koreans celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Korea. On this meaningful occasion, I am so delighted to meet those who served in the Korean War and represent Korean War Veterans.

Koreans have gone through many ups and downs. As you remember, we fought fierce combats in the war and many soldiers gave their lives in the cause of freedom and democracy. To preserve this hard-won ground of freedom, Koreans worked hard.

Today, Korea has become a proud country that achieved both industrialization and democratization from the unbelievable poverty and the ashes of the war in the shortest period of time. And we have developed, from a nation that has received helps, into a nation that helps other nations in need. the capital of Korea, Seoul has also developed into a fabulous place that no one could imagine 50 years ago.
We accomplished all this with your support. No words are enough to express the thanks of our entire nation to you for your decent service and noble sacrifice.


I hope Seoul provides a great background for the 8th IFKWVA General Meeting, where the delegate members are to adopt a resolution, declaring their full support for getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear programs.
I hope the delegation produces rewarding results.

Distinguished Guests!

Koreans are well aware of the fact that the peace, prosperity, freedom and democracy that we enjoy today are not free. Koreans also recognize how blessed we were to have foreign friends who served and sacrificed for Korea.

Without the brave resolution of the 21 countries who answered the call of the UN, today Korea would not have been possible.

On behalf of the people of Korea, I extend my sincere gratitude and respect to you.
Your decent service and sacrifice will be always remembered in the hearts and minds of the Korean people.

And the Korean government will make concerted efforts to ensure that our friendships with the 21 Korean War participating countries become closer. We will work to promote world peace and advance prosperity of all humanity. I believe that is the best way to express our thanks to you.
I ask for your continuous support.


In closing, I thank you again for joining us today and I wish you enjoy your stay in Seoul. God bless you all.

Thank you.



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2008-07-10 오전 11:42:10
<![CDATA[Commemorating the 6th Anniversary of the inter-Korean naval Battle on the West Sea in 2002]]>
Prime minister Han Seung-soo, MPVA Minister Kim Yang, government officials, citizens, sailors and bereaved families attended the annual commemoration service held in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on June 29, 2008 to remember the six South Korean naval officers killed during the inter-Korean naval battle on the West Sea in 2002.

The commemoration ceremony was the first government-led event in honor of the fallen soldiers.
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2008-07-01 오전 10:15:41
<![CDATA[Commemorating the 59th anniversary of the death of Kim Koo]]>
The service was attended by Minister Kim Yang of patriots and veterans affairs ministry, Vice Chairman Seung Byung-il of the Korea Liberation Association, and 300 or so bereaved family members of independent activists. The chairman of the commemorative services association opened the ceremony with a formal address, which was followed by memorial addresses by the MPVA minister, and the Vice chairman of the Korea Liberation Association. Requiem by the chorus of Sookmyung Womens University, wreath-laying, and incense burning for the repose of him also took place.

Another memorial service was held by Incheon branch of the Korea Liberation Association at Packbum Plaza which was named after the pen name of Kim Koo at 11 a.m. on the same day.

Kim Koo was born in 1876 in Haeju, Hwanghae-do Province. He joined the righteous army corps and launched a rural enlightenment drive in 1910s to save his declining mother nation. He was exiled to Shanghai right after the March First Independence Movement in 1919 and appointed as the Police Bureau Commissioner. Since then, he had served as Minister of Internal Affairs, and Premier of the Shanghai Korean Provisional Government. After liberation, he worked to build a united nation until he was assassinated by Ahn, Doo-hee. He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.


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2008-06-26 오후 3:20:57
<![CDATA[A Commemoration Ceremony for the 58th Anniversary of the Korean War]]>

A ceremony in commemoration of the the 58th Anniversary of the Korean War was held by the Korean Veterans Association on June 25th. The ceremony sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) was to ruminate on the lessons of the Korean War and to pay tribute to all the Korean War veterans.

The ceremony was attended by 5,000 or so people including Prime Minister, Han Seung-soo, MPVA Minister, Kim Yang, government officials, politicians, senior military officials, Korean War veterans, veterans associations staffs, soldiers, students, and citizens who apply for participation on the Internet.

A variety of commemorative events was carried out by local veterans associations in 237 cities and counties around June 25th.

A banquet for Korean War veterans was also held at Lotte Hotel at 3 p.m. on June 25th.

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2008-06-26 오후 2:55:02
<![CDATA[Welcoming Dinner for the IFKWVA Delegation]]> ]]> 2008-06-26 오전 9:19:04 <![CDATA[Marking the 100th birthday of Natioal Patriot, Yoon Bong-gil]]> ]]> 2008-06-23 오후 1:51:42 <![CDATA[President Lee visits veterans recovering at Seoul Veterans Hospital]]> ]]> 2008-06-10 오후 2:00:27 <![CDATA[Commemorating the 53rd Memorial Day]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd Memorial Day at Seoul National Cemetery at 10:00(Fri) of June 6, 2008. It is to remember and honor the sacrifices and contributions of national patriots and war dead.

The ceremony was attended by nearly 5,500 people including President Lee, high-ranking government officials, bereaved families of war fallen and citizens.

The memorial ceremony began with a silent tribute at 10:00, followed by a wreath-laying, a memorial performance, a memorial address and singing of a memorial song.

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2008-06-09 오전 10:38:30
<![CDATA[Remembrance Month]]>
Every year in June, Patriots and Veterans` month the Korean government carries out various events to commemorate Memorial Day and June 25th, the day the Korean War broke out.

The ministry also carries out a `big tree` badge wearing campaign. For the campaign it will make 1.6 million badges and distribute them to the president, high-ranking government officials, media companies, schools and social organizations.

In the case of the UK, people call Remembrance Day as Poppy Day because they wear a red man-made poppy to pay tribute to their fallen patriotic forefathers, who died for the country.

Under the slogan, `The Republic of Korea Keeps Growing Nurtured by Your Tender Love,` there is a need to draw people`s attention to `The Big Tree Movement for Love of Korea` to create a change in perception towards patriots and veterans.

Events on Patriots and Veterans` Month

The ministry divides June into `Memorial Period,` `Appreciation period,` and `Reconciliation and Unity Period` and carries out featured events for each period with participation of local governments, the media and religious communities, and the youth. Numerous events to encourage Armed Forces and appreciate their service will take place.

Since the first period, from June 1st to 10th includes Memorial Day, it is designated as `Memorial Period` to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day in a solemn and reverent way.

During `Appreciation period`, from June 11th to 20th, various events will be held to pay respect to patriotic martyrs and their sacrifices for and devotion to the nation.

The last period of June is named as `Reconciliation and Unity Period.` Various events will be conducted to prevent recurrence of national crisis by keeping the Korean War in mind.



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2008-06-05 오전 9:55:02
<![CDATA[Message from President Lee Myung-bak to Korean War Veterans from the United States and Turkey]]> President Lee Myung-bak,
of the Republic of Korea
to Korean War Veterans from the United States and Turkey
Delivered by Kim Yang,
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs


May 22, 2008


Good evening, distinguished Korean War Veterans from the United States of America and Turkey, I sincerely welcome you all. Even though I am not able to join with you this evening, I will be with you in spirit.

Fifty eight years ago, you left your families and homes to defend freedom, peace and democracy, fighting shoulder to shoulder with Korean soldiers. A great number of young men and women from the United States, Turkey and other countries lost their lives or were injured.

The United States was the first of the UN member countries to send troops to Korea, and scored crucial victories, including the Incheon Landing, which is remembered as a landmark operation in military history.

As President of the Republic of Korea, I placed a wreath at Korean War Veterans Memorial during my visit to the United States last month and expressed my profound appreciation and gratitude to Korean War veterans for their services.

Beginning in 1950, Turkey sent approximately 15,000 brave soldiers to defend South Korea. The Turkish brigade demonstrated superior combat capabilities and extraordinary courage during every crucial phase of the war.

Your indomitable courage and commitment on the Korean Peninsula will be forever remembered in the hearts and minds of the Korean people.
Your tremendous sacrifices and devotion were not in vain. From the dire poverty and ruin of the war, the Republic of Korea has risen to become one of the 12 leading economies in the world. The country has become a dynamic, free democracy. We are proud of our progress. We have turned the Republic of Korea from a receiving country into a giving country.

All Koreans and I personally have profound respect for you and appreciate your selfless service, which laid the foundation for the Republic of Korea. You helped lay the foundation for one of the greatest triumphs in the history of freedom, indeed.

Korean War Veterans,

The Korean people s endeavor to build a leading nation will continue without stopping. The Government will make every effort to protect the free economy, secure liberal democracy and become a more active and prosperous country.

Korea will make an active contribution to world peace and prosperity as a mature country standing tall internationally, a nation that is worthy of the magnificent contributions and sacrifices of you, brave Korean War veterans.

I urge you to continue to support us with your fond regard. You certainly have ours, for as long as the Korean people exist.

I hope that all of you enjoy your stay in Korea and that you will take back many pleasant memories when you return home. I wish you all good health and happiness.

Thank you.


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2008-06-02 오후 2:22:33
<![CDATA[Message from President Lee Myung-bak to Korea War Veterans from Commonwealth Nations ]]> President Lee Myung-bak,
of the Republic of Korea
to Korea War Veterans from Commonwealth Nations
Delivered by Kim Yang,
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

April 15, 2008
Good evening, distinguished Korean War Veterans from Commonwealth Nations,

I sincerely welcome you all who have come from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Even though I am not able to join with you this evening, I will be with you in spirit.

Fifty-eight years ago, you left your family and home to defend our freedom, peace and democracy, fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with Korean soldiers.

Your indomitable courage and commitment across the Korean Peninsula, especially on the Gapyeong and Imjin River Battlefields, are forever remembered in the hearts and minds of the Korean people.

Your tremendous sacrifice and devotion was not in vain. From the unbelievable poverty and ruin of the war, South Korea has risen to become the 10th largest economy in the world. We are a mature, free democracy and are constantly on the move. We are proud of our progress. We have turned South Korea from a receiving country into a giving country.
The Korean people in general and I personally have great respect for you and appreciate your noble service, which laid the foundation for the Republic. You also laid the foundation for one of the greatest triumphs in the history of freedom. All people everywhere recognize that today.

Korean War Veterans,

South Korea has become one of the leading nations in the world.

The Government will make every effort to protect the free economy, secure liberal democracy and become a more active and prosperous country.

Korea will make an active contribution to world peace and prosperity as a mature country standing tall internationally—a nation that is worthy of the magnificent contributions and sacrifices of you brave Korean War veterans.

I urge you to continue to support us with your fond regard. You certainly have ours, for as long as the Korean people exist.

I hope that all of you enjoy your stay in Korea and that you will take back many pleasant memories when you return home. God bless you all and God bless your wonderful nations.

Thank you.

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2008-05-28 오전 9:39:07
<![CDATA[At the Welcoming Dinner for Korean War Veterans]]> ]]> 2008-05-23 오후 5:20:52 <![CDATA[Preliminary Overview of the 2008 Seoul International Workshop on Veterans Affairs ]]>
1. Dates: 1~6 September 2008

2. Venue: Seoul

3. Workshop Themes

3-1. Workshop Theme 1: Veterans Transition Assistance Program
3-1-1. Veterans employment preference & special appointing authority
3-1-2. Transition assistance programs from military to civilian life
3-2. Workshop Theme 2: Burial and Memorial Benefits
3-2-1. Burial benefits and service programs
3-2-2. National cemetery system, management and operation

4. Schedules

Monday, September 1, 2008: Arrival and registration of participants
Tuesday, September 2, 2008: Opening of the workshop, workshop meeting
Wednesday, September 3, 2008: Workshop meeting
Thursday, September 4, 2008: Workshop meeting and closing of the workshop
Friday, September 5, 2008: Trip to memorial sites and facilities, farewell dinner
Saturday, September 6, 2008: Departure

5. Role of Participants

All the participants will make a presentation on one of the themes
and be asked to participate in a comprehensive analysis and discussion.
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2008-05-21 오후 4:48:53
<![CDATA[MPVA invites 88 Korean War Veterans of the United States and Turkey]]>

** Veterans are to visit memorial places including the National Cemetery **


The Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs(Minister, Kim Yang) and the Korean Veterans Association(President, Park Se-jik) will hold the Revisit Korea Program for the veterans who participated in the Korean War under the UN flag. The program is to honor their service and sacrifice, and to express the gratitude of the Korean people by inviting the Korean War veterans and their families to Korea. It also serves to maintain the friendly relationships and further strengthen cooperation with the Korean War participating countries.

Korean war veterans will be invited from the United States and Turkey; 64 veterans from the United States and 24 from Turkey. They arrive on May 19 and depart Korea on May 24. During their six-day stay in Korea, they will pay tribute to the war fallen at the National Cemetery (May 20) and visit the truce village of Panmunjeom (May 21) and the Korean Folk Village (May 22).

Minister Kim Yang of Patriots & Veterans Affairs and President Park Se-jik of the Korean Veterans Association will co-host the Welcoming Dinner for the veterans at Capital Hotel in Seoul at 18:00 of May 22 where they are to confer memorial medals and certificates of Ambassador for Peace upon veterans in honor of their sacrifices.

Korea has been inviting Korean War veterans through this program since 1975 to offer them a chance to see that Korea has achieved a remarkable development from the ashes of war and to look at the current security situation on the Korean peninsula. The program also serves as an opportunity for the Korean people to express their sincere thanks to the veterans and to ensure that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. A total of 24,500 veterans and their families were invited so far. For this year, a total of 700 veterans are to be invited through this program; 150 people in April, 88 in May, 200 in June, 170 in September and 45 in November.

21 UN member nations answered the call of the UN when Korea was invaded by hostile forces; 16 nations of them sent combat troops and the rest provided medical support. As many as 1,940,000 people from the countries participated in the Korean War and some 600,000 veterans are presumed alive.

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2008-05-21 오전 9:36:29
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to honor Son Byeong-hee]]> Organized by the Chondo-gyo Central Headquarter, the memorial service was attended by nearly 100 persons including government officials and Chondo-gyo followers.

Son Byeong-hee(1861.4.8~1922.5.19) was a Korean nationalist. He was born in Cheongju, in Chungcheong province. In 1884 he heard of the Donghak religion and its ideals of supporting the nation and comforting the people, and decided to become a member.
He helped to set up a systematic underground anti-Japanese movement throughout 1918 which saw uprecedented cooperation between Cheondogyo, Christians and Buddhists as they united under a common cause. Son`s Cheondogyo gave financial support to the whole movement, and he insisted that the independence movement must be popular in nature and non-violent. A Declaration of Independence was prepared and 33 national leaders selected, 15 of which were members of Cheondogyo. Son Byong-Hi was the most prominent of these.
The climax came on March 1, 1919 when, during a period of public mourning for the recently deceased Emperor Gojong, the Declaration of Independence was publicly proclaimed at Pagoda Park in Seoul—this was known as the March 1st Movement, or Samil Movement. This spark ignited the public, who took to the streets and demonstrated, calling for Korean independence. This initiated a nationwide movement in which many people took part, regardless of locality and social status, but the Japanese immediately mobilised their police and army and brutally put down the demonstrations, despite their peaceful nature. More than 7,500 Koreans were killed, nearly 17,000 wounded, and around 47,000 arrested, including Son Byong-Hi.
While in prison, Son became ill and was eventually released from custody on sick bail. His illness worsened, however, and in 1922 he died at home in Sangchunwon.

To honor his contribution to the State, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Republic of Korea Medal in the Order of Merit to Naitonal Foundation.

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2008-05-19 오후 2:14:53
<![CDATA[The 28th Anniversary of May 18 Democratization Movement Held in Gwangju ]]>
Some 2,500 people were present at the ceremony to pay tribute to the noble sacrifice for the cause of democracy and inherit and spread the May 18 spirit of democracy, justice and human rights. Among those attending were leaders of the government, the National Assembly and the judiciary, activists who participated in the movement, bereaved families, members of the movement, representatives of civic groups and students.

The democratization movement was originated from a civil uprising against a military government in Gwangju May 1980. Civilians`s demonstrations calling for the abolition of martial law and step-down of the military junta culminated on May 18, bringing about bloodshed.

Various commemorative services activities will be held to mark the anniversary including an international seminar and a handwriting tournament.

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2008-05-19 오후 2:11:32
<![CDATA[A Ceremony marking the MOU for Korea-Vietnam Peace Village]]>
Vice Minister Lee Jong-jung of Patriots and Veterans Affairs visited Hanoi, Vietnam to participate in the Ceremony to mark the signing(9 May) of the MOU for Korea-Vietnam Peace Village between the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization and the Peoples Committee of Quang Nam Province.

According to the MOU, the Korea-Vietnam Peace Village will be completed by October, 2009, sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Vice Minister Lee said that this ceremony and the MOU would be a good opportunity to strengthen bilateral relationships between Korea and Vietnam and he hoped the village would be completed without difficulties.

The Peace Village is expected to be a place for rehabilitation and nursing of disabled veterans and their descendants who suffer from diseases associated with their exposure to Agent Orange and Dioxin during the Vietnam War.

On his way to return home, Vice Minster Lee visited Thailand and had a luncheon with Korean War veterans of Thailand.

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2008-05-14 오후 1:46:24
<![CDATA[A Ceremony was held in memory of Simsan, Kim Chang-suk]]>
A ceremony was held to mark the 46th Anniversary of the death of Kim Chang-suk on May 10(Sat) at Suyuri, Seoul. Kim Chang-suk was a great Confucian scholar and an independence movement activist who actively participated in the National Debt Repayment Movement during the Japanese colonial rule.

Kim Chang-suk, the first president of Sungkyunkwan University, was a liberation movement leader and educator. In the whirlwind of the Korean Independence Movement, which started in March 1919, he united Confucian scholars and sent a joint petition to the International Peace Conference, which was in session in Paris. After the Korean liberation in 1945, he organized a foundation which ultimately revived the Old Sungkyunkwan as an institute of higher education.

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

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2008-05-14 오전 9:31:15
<![CDATA[General Meeting of the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization]]> ]]> 2008-05-13 오후 4:51:56 <![CDATA[In Memory of General Lee Bum-suk]]>
A commemorative ceremony was held in memory of General Lee Bum-suk at 11 a.m. of May 9(Fri) at Seoul National Cemetery.

General Lee was an independence activist who led a victory at Chungsan-ri battle and served as the first prime minister of the Korean government after liberation.

The ceremony was organized by the Association of Memorial Service for General Lee Bum-suk and attended by nearly 200 people including the Vice Minister of National Defense, the Director General of the Memorial Affairs Bureau of MPVA and the Chairman of Korea Liberation Association.
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2008-05-09 오후 3:59:30
<![CDATA[Vice Minister's Luncheon Remarks in Thailand]]> The Honorable
Lee Jong-jung
Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
At the Luncheon for Korean War Veterans of Thailand

Distinguished Korean War Veterans of Thailand!

It is my pleasure and a great honor to meet you all today.

His Excellencies
Korean Ambassador to Thailand, Mr. Han Tae-gyu
President of the Korean Association in Thailand, Mr. Jeon Yong-chang.

Thank you for being here with us at this wonderful event.

Distinguished Thai Veterans of the Korean War!

More than half a century has passed since you fought the Korean War with valor and bravery.

It is so touching moment for me to see you; you came to Korea to defend freedom and democracy in the prime age of your life. Many years have passed and now I see you with gray hair.

On behalf of the Korean people, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all of you for your service and sacrifice.
Along with Korean soldiers, you fought the war in the cause of freedom, peace and democracy.

Many soldiers gave their precious lives and got wounded in the Korean War of a distant land.

The valor and bravery that you demonstrated in the Korean War are still in the minds of the Korean people as a legend and we, Koreans will never forget what you gave to our country.
Your service and sacrifice were not made in vain.

Korea has become an economic powerhouse in the world and achieved democratization.
The Republic of Korea today is a proud country that makes valuable contribution to world peace and prosperity.

Thailand is a very important country to Korea.
During the Korean War, you were the second country that came to Korea with fighting forces, following the US.
Since then, leaders of the two nations exchanged state visits; former president Rho Moo-hyun visited Bangkok in October 2003 and Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra came to Seoul in November 2005.
Thailand and Korea have maintained traditionally friendly relationships, and exchanges and cooperative relations are enhanced ever more.

Thailand is a very close friend to Korea as well.
Every year, as much as 1.2 million Koreans visit your beautiful country.
And this year, in particular, marks the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties between Thailand and Korea.

To celebrate this anniversary, a Thai festival was successfully held in Korea last April.

I hope today luncheon will be a good chance for us to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and will be an opportunity for the Korean people to express many thanks to you. Also I wish you look back the Korean War and think of how valuable freedom we are enjoying today.

The Korean People will do our best to make our friendship bring about more peaceful and prosperous world

I believe that constant exchanges will help both nations further develop many areas including the economy and culture.

Once again, I thank you all for being here today.
And I wish you all the health and success.


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2008-05-08 오후 5:14:37
<![CDATA[In Memory of Haegong, Shin Ik-hee]]>
Shin Ik-hee (1892.6.9~1956.5.5) was an independence activist who served to the Korean Provisional Government. Shin played an important role for the provisional government serving in many ministries involving foreign, domestic affairs and legal affairs. He also worked as a home secretary and sacrificed himself to independence movements through his active involvement in the provisional government.

In order to honor his contribution to the country, the Korean government posthumously conferred on him the Republic of Korea Medal in the Order of Merit for Independence in 1962.

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2008-05-06 오후 3:21:31
<![CDATA[A Ceremony marking the Completion of Icheon National Cemetery]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will hold a ceremony to celebrate the completion of Icheon National Cemetery at 3:00 PM of April 30th. The cemetery is completed to provide burial services and assistances to persons who rendered distinguished services to the country, war veterans and long-term ex-servicemen in the metropolitan area of Seoul.

At the ceremony attend high-ranking government officials including Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, Minister Kim Yang of MPVA, Gyeonggi-do Provincial Governor Kim Moon-soo, and war veterans and residents.

Icheon National Cemetery is the third of its kind following Imsil National Cemetery and Yeongcheon National Cemetery, with 304,355 square meters in area costing 38.3 billion won.

The Cemetery was built environmentally-friendly, where various statues including a memorial tower are placed harmoniously to convey historical image of a national cemetery signifying the connection of past, present and future of a nation.

The MPVA said that it expects the completion of the Cemetery will give people a meaningful opportunity to honor the sacrifice and contribution of persons who rendered distinguished services to the country and war veterans, and serve as a place of education that instills people with patriotism.

The ministry went on to say the Cemetery has great significance in that the nation fulfills the responsibility for caring for aged persons who sacrificed themselves to the country in a timely manner.

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2008-04-29 오후 4:32:30
<![CDATA[In memory of Yun Bong-gil and His Bombing in Shanghai]]>
*At 10:00 AM of April 29(Tue) in Shanghai,China
*At Maeheon Memorial Hall in Korea

A ceremony is to be held to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Yun Bong-gil’s bombing in Shanghai at 10:00 AM of April 29(Tue) at Lusin Park, Shanghai, China by the Association for Memorial Services of Patriot Yun Bong-gil. His heroic act marked a milestone in the independence movement of Korea during the Japanese colonial period.

Yun Bong-gil (1908. 6.21~1932.12.19) was born in Yesan, Korea. He attended Deoksan Elemantary School and also studied in Ochi Seosuk (a village school that taught Korean and Chinese). In 1926, he opened an evening class in his hometown and began the enlightenment movement for rural communities. At the age of 20, he organized the Kakgok Reading Club and published Nongmin Dokbon (an agrarian reader).
At the age of 22, he organized the Woljinhoe and Suam Athletic Association to further implement the national movement for independence in rural communities. Yun Bong-gil realized the difficulty in continuing independence movement within Korea. He went to Shanghai, where the Korean Provisional Government was located. There he joined the Korean Patriotic Association led by Kim Koo and volunteered to undertake special missions. On occasion of the celebration of the birthday of the Emperor Japan, Yun went to the place of the celebration at Hongkew Park alone and successfully threw a bomb which injured many Japanese military leaders including the commander-in-chief Shiragawa. Yun was arrested on the spot by the Japanese military police and was sentenced to death by a single military trial on May 25. After being transferred to Japan in November, he was shot to death on December 19 of the year, when he was 25. Yun Bol-gil`s heroic struggle against Japan has great significance in the history of the independence movement of Korea.

Yun`s heroic deed provided a catalyst to resuscitate and revitalize the inactive Korean Provisional Government. The Nationalist People`s Party of China, Chinese officials, and overseas Koreans realized the importance of the Korean Provisional Government. His successful heroic deed inspired not only the Korean people but also the Chinese people and served as a momentum of creating and strengthening the coalition between Korean and China in their struggle against Japan.

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


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2008-04-29 오후 4:31:52
<![CDATA[At the Welcoming Dinner for Korean War Veterans ]]> ]]> 2008-04-21 오전 11:37:29 <![CDATA[The 48th Anniversary of the April 19th Revolution for Korean Democratization]]>
At the ceremony joined nearly 2,000 people including Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, government officials, the members of the April 19th Revolution organizations, citizens, and students. The ceremony began with wreath-laying, and President Park Yoon-seok of the April 19th Revolution Association reported procession of the revolution to the participants of the ceremony

As part of the commemoration events, a memorial ceremony for the victims of the revolution took place at the National Cemetery, and on the 19th the Seoul Kangbuk Cultural Center held the 11th "Soguigol Concert" at the Torchlight Plaza of the cemetery.
Before that, a special event for the April 19th Revolution was held on April 18th at the Sejong Center hosted by the April 19th Revolution Associations, where a presidential commemorative message was delivered.

Various events and activities were and will be carried out across the country to commemorate the April 19th Democratization Revolution such as photo exhibition and marathon race.

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2008-04-21 오전 11:27:21
<![CDATA[A Ceremony held in memory of Yi Si-yeong ]]>
The 55th Anniversary of the Death of Yi Si-yeong

A Ceremony was held in memory of Yi Si-yeong at 11:00 AM of April 17th(Thu) at his memorial statue in Mt.Namsan by his bereaved family.

Yi Si-yeong(1869.12.3~1953.4.17)was an independence activist dedicated himself to traninning and nurturing the Korean Independence Army in part of efforts to reclaim the national sovereignty and achieve independence. He also served as the first Vice President of the Republic of Korea.

The ceremony was attended by about 100 people including the Director of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Seoul Office, the Chiarman of the Korean Liberation Association, its members and his bereaved family.

In order to recognize and honor his contributions to the country, the Korean government, posthumously conferred on him the Republic of Korea Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1949.

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2008-04-21 오전 10:38:34
<![CDATA[A Ceremony held in memory of General Ji Cheong-Cheon ]]>
A Ceremony was held in memory of General Ji Cheong-cheon at 11:00 AM of April 14th(Mon) at the Seoul National Cemetery by the Association of the Korean Liberation Army. 200 people or so people attended the ceremony including Chairman Kim Kook-ju of the Korean Liberation Association.

Ji Cheong-Cheon (1888.1.25~1957.1.15), was an independence activist during the period of Japanese rule. He later became a South Korean politician.
He was a 1914 graduate of the Japanese military academy; however, he defected to the Korean guerilla forces in 1919, bringing with him knowledge of modern military techniques. His skills were appreciated by the Korean guerilla forces who made him the superintendent of the Sinheung Military Academy where new leaders of the Korean forces were being trained.

In 1940, he became the commander-in-chief of the Korean Liberation Army and made contributions to the organizational development of the Korean Liberation Army and to recovering the national sovereignty.
Following Korea`s liberation, he served as a member of the Korean Provisinal Government. General Ji Cheong-Cheon died in 1957.

The Korean government, posthumously conferred on him the Presidential Medal in the Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.

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2008-04-15 오후 3:26:17
<![CDATA[MPVA invites 153 Korean War Veterans of Commonwealth of Nations]]> Honoring and Thanking their sacrifices and contributions

** Veterans are to visit memorial places including the National Cemetery **


The Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs(Minister, Kim Yang) and the Korean Veterans Association(President, Park Se-jik) will hold the Revisit Korea Program for the veterans who participated in the Korean War under the UN flag. The program is to honor their service and sacrifice, and to express the gratitude of the Korean people by inviting the Korean War veterans and their families to Korea. It also serves to maintain the friendly relationships and further strengthen cooperation with the Korean War participating countries.

153 people will be invited from four Commonwealth of Nations; 44 people from Australia, 22 from Canada, 22 from New Zealand and 65 from Britain. They arrive on April 13 and depart Korea on April 19. During their six-day stay in Korea, they will pay tribute to the war fallen at the National Cemetery and visit the National War Memorial on April 15. They will also visit the truce village of Panmunjeom (April 16), the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan (April 17) and the Memorial Tower of Commonwealth of Nations in Gapyong (April 18).

Minister Kim Yang of Patriots & Veterans Affairs and President Park Se-jik of the Korean Veterans Association will co-host the Welcoming Dinner for the veterans at Capital Hotel in Seoul at 18:00 of April 15(Tue) where they are to confer memorial medals and certificates of ambassador for peace upon veterans in honor of their sacrifice.

This program has been inviting many Korean War veterans since 1975 to offer them a chance to see that Korea has achieved a remarkable development from the ashes of war and to look at the current security situation on the Korean peninsula. The program also serves as an opportunity for the Korean people to express their sincere thanks to the veterans and to ensure that their sacrifice will never be forgotten. A total of 24,500 veterans and their families were invited so far. For this year, a total of 670 veterans are to be invited through this program; 153 people in April, 104 in May, 200 in June, 170 in September and 45 in November.

21 UN member nations answered the call of the UN when Korea was invaded by hostile forces; 16 nations of them sent combat troops and the rest provided medical support. As many as 1,940,000 people from the countries participated in the Korean War and about 600,000 veterans are presumed alive.



Your Honor, Courage and Commitment Will Never Be Forgotten
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2008-04-14 오전 10:37:36
<![CDATA[Commemorating the 89th Anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government]]>

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held a ceremony to commemorate the 89th Anniversary of the establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea simultaneously in Seoul, Korea and in Chongqing, China. The Korean Provisional Government was established inheriting the spirit of the March 1 Independence Movement that proclaimed the strong will of the Korean people for national independence throughout the world.

In Seoul, 1,000 or so people including high-ranking government officials, bereaved families of independence activists, members of the Korean Liberation Association, representatives of various organizations, citizens, and students gathered at Kim Koo Museum &Library for the ceremony to remember the historical meaning of the Korean Provisional Government.

MPVA Minister Kim Yang, Chairman of the Korea Liberation Association (KLA), heads of independence movement associations, and members of the KLA, and 300 others participated in the ceremony.

Chairman Kim Kuk-joo of the Korean Liberation Association began the ceremony with a brief report followed by a memorial performance, memorial address of the Prime Minister and signing of a memorial song.


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2008-04-14 오전 10:24:16
<![CDATA[The 7th Ceremony of Awarding the Yu Gwan-sun Prize]]>
The Yu Gwan-sun Prize Committee held the 7th Awarding Ceremony at the Memorial Hall of Yu Gwan-sun of Ewha Women High School on March 31st with more than 1500 people attended.
Minister Kim Yang of Patriots and Veterans Affairs attended the ceremony and gave celebrating remarks.

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2008-04-10 오후 5:24:10
<![CDATA[MPVA presents its 2008 task report to President Lee]]>
MPVA put forth several policies such as improvement of the quality of life of Bohun families, promotion of memorial projects for national unity and enhancement of national image through more actively being engaged in global activities. It also stressed the ministry will put focus on implementing more specific and feasible projects.

The followings are the major policy tasks of MPVA for 2008.

1. To fulfill the responsibility for those who served and sacrificed for the country

2. To improve the quality of life of Bohun families through customized assistance

3. To achieve national unity and to enhance national image on the global stage



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2008-04-01 오전 11:05:45
<![CDATA[A Ceremony to be held in memory of a patriotic martyr Ahn Joong-geun]]>
A ceremony is to be held to pay tribute to the memory of a Korean patriotic martyr, Ahn Joong-geun by the Association for Commemoration of Patriotic Martyr, Ahn Joong-geun. He assassinated Ito Hirobumi, the first Japanese Resident-General in Korea during the Japanese colonial rule. His actions as a resistance fighter offered hope, courage and inspiration to the Korean people who were disheartened by the loss of national sovereignty to Japan.

The ceremony of commemorating the 98th Anniversary of the Death of the Patriotic Martyr will be attended by about 300 persons including Minister Kim Yang of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, representatives of organizations related to Korean Independence Movement, members of the Korea Liberation Association, and citizens.

This year`s service has greater significance with the participation of 20 Japanese persons who have been conducting various projects to honor and respect Ahn. The ceremony will be followed by the academic seminar held by his commemoration association at Sejong University in Seoul at 2 PM under the theme of his political ideology and his view of Japan.

Ahn Joong-geun, born in 1878, founded several schools and spearheaded the enlightenment movement in Korea during the Japanese colonial period. After Korea was forced to accept the Ulsa Treaty in 1905 by Japan, which took away the national sovereignty of Korea, Ahn determined to devote himself to regaining the Korean independence from Japan. Since then, Ahn took the lead in carrying out military resistance activities against Japan.

In October, 1909, Ahn shot Hirobumi to death in Harbin, China and was arrested on the spot after shouting `Long live the independence of Korea!` three times. Ahn was transferred to the Japanese prison located in Port Arthur, China and died in March 1910. His remains have been found nowhere, therefore the Korean government has been made every effort to recover them.

The Korean government has awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation (Republic of Korea Medal) to Ahn in 1962.

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2008-03-26 오전 9:59:56
<![CDATA[The 48th Anniversary of the March 15th Revolution]]>
* Where: National Democracy Park for the March 15th Revolution *
* When: 10:00 AM, Mar. 15(Sat.), 2008 *

A commemorating ceremony will be held on March 15th at the National Democracy Park for the March 15th Revolution sponsored by the association (Chairman Paik Han-ki) for the commemoration of the Revolution, marking the 48th anniversary of the March 15th Revolution in Masan. The revolution on March 15th of 1960 was triggered by the political corruption of the ruling Freedom Party and the presidential election fabricated to retain the power of the corrupted autocratic regime. The revolution also gave rise to the April 19th Revolution in Gwangju.

The solemn service will be attended by around 1,000 people including Presidential Secretary Park Jae-wan of Political Affairs, Minister Kim Yang of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Governor Kim Tae-ho of Gyeongsangnam-do, Mayor Whang Chul-gon of Masan City, members of the Association for the Commemoration of the March 15th Revolution, citizens and students. The Director of the Commemorative Association for the April 19th Revolution Gyeongsangnamdo branch will give a progress report followed by the keynote speech by the chairman of the Association for the Commemoration of the March 15th Revolution and congratulatory speech of the President of the Republic of Korea (read by Ryu Woo-ik, Head of the presidential office on his behalf) and a couple of remarks, poem reciting and singing of the March 15th Song.

Before the ceremony, a ceremony of paying tribute to the victims of the March 15th Revolution was held at 4 PM of March 14 in the National Democracy Park for the March 15th Revolution.

On the sidelines of the main ceremony, there will be a series of activities including a photo exhibition, March 15th Marathon, a writing contest, and an oratorical contest to remind ordinary citizens of the noble spirit of the revolution and let them have a chance to think about it.

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2008-03-17 오후 4:01:17
<![CDATA[Minster's Message]]> Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Welcome to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs is to provide the respect and gratitude of our nation to those who have served and made great contributions to the country with the finest benefits and services. By doing so, we promote patriotic spirit among people and laying the spiritual groundwork for national development.

We are carrying out various projects to inherit and promote the noble spirit of Narasarang (Love of Country) of patriots and veterans, which is instrumental in uniting the entire country.

This year, we mark the 60thanninversary of establishing the Republic of Korea. With the contributions and services of our patriot martyrs and veterans, Korea has achieved a remarkable economic development and has become one of economic powerhouses around the world.

We have firm belief that it is important to show our respect and gratitude to patriots and veterans by inheriting their Narasarang spirit and passing it onto the next generation with the best possible care.

We run the Narasarang Homepage which is dedicated to offering the public the idea of what we are doing, related policies and news and to providing a place for people to participate through the Internet.

In the 21st century, featured by knowledge- and- information-based society, it has greater importance to run the homepage in cyberspace in order to honor the patriots, veterans and their families (Bohun families), and raise the public awareness of the value of rewarding them for their contributions and services to the country.

We offer electronic public administrative & civil affairs services, provide useful information to Bohun families and run the Veterans Employment Supporting Center. We also hold various Bohun events, inviting people and encouraging their participation through the Cyber Patriotism Promotion Center.
Our homepage provides online links to other websites of related organizations such as memorial associations of patriots for netizens’ convenience.

Narasarang homepage is wide open to you all the time.
We will do our best to meet the needs of people and serve the country well. Your ongoing concerns and supports are always welcomed.
Thank you very much.


March 10, 2008
Kim Yang
Minister of Patriots & Veterans Affairs


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2008-03-17 오후 3:56:50
<![CDATA[The 70th Anniversary of the Death of Patriotic Martyr Ahn Chang-ho]]> -Attending the ceremony, Minister Kim Yang of Patriots and Veterans Affairs begins his first official career

A ceremony will be held in the Dosan Park at 10 a.m. of March 8th (Mon.) to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of patriotic martyr Ahn Chang-ho, an independence activist who was the key member of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai and established the Young Korean Academy in an effort to reclaim national sovereignty through enlightenment and education. The ceremony will be hosted by the Association of Commemorative Services for Patriot Dosan Ahn Chang-ho (Chairman, Paik Nak-whan).

The service will be attended by Minister Kim Yang of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Chairman Kim Kook-ju of the Korea Liberation Association, 300 or so heads of independence movement associations including Chairman Park In-ju of the Young Korean Academy and members of the Korea Liberation Association, and citizens. The chairman of the commemorative services association will open the ceremony, which will be followed by memorial addresses by the MPVA minister and the chairman of the Korea Liberation Association. A tribute song will be sung by the Apgujeong Female Choir in unison. Yang Mi-kyung, a publicity ambassador of the Ministry will read a tribute poem. Wreath-laying and incense burning for the repose of Martyr Ahn`s soul will also take place.

Patriot Ahn Chang-ho, pen name Dosan (1878.11.9~1938.3.10) was born in Kangso, Pyeongan province. He was well known for his fluent speeches and excellent leadership. In 1898, he joined the Independence Club and held the 1898 General People’s Assembly to raise the public perception of the importance of reclaiming national sovereignty.
After moving to America in 1902, he established the Korean immigrants’ friendship society in Los Angeles and became the chairman of the society. In efforts to promote the spirit of interdependence and to restore national sovereignty, he renamed the Korean Diaspora organization into the Korean United Association , taking the chairmanship and published the United Korean.

In 1906, he came back to his country and a year later he founded a national-level underground organization called Shinminhoi , carrying out Korean independence movement and organized a society for young people. In 1910, he went to China in exile after having rejected the recommendation of Tonggambu(Japanese Residency-General in Korea) to form Dosan Cabinet, and going back to America, he organized the Korean National Association in San Francisco in 1912 and take the first chairmanship. In 1913, he organized the Young Korean Academy and devoted himself to carrying out enlightenment and education.

His pioneering activities and ideology inspired many young Koreans, and the spirit of the Young Korean Academy, based on his thoughts that national sovereignty can only be restored through enlightenment and education, still has great significance today.
In February 1919, he organized a mass rally in San Francisco and attempted to send a delegate of the Korean National Association to the Paris Peace Conference in vain. In the wake of the 3.1 independence movement in 1919, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea was established in Shanghai and Dosan took office as the Minister of Home Affairs and acting prime minister. He implemented liaison mechanism called Yeontongje and published the Independence, guiding the directions and policies of Korean independence movement. He founded several schools and associations and issued publication, calling for the spiritual and moral renewal of the Korean people through education as one of the important components in the struggle for independence. In June, 1937, he was arrested for his involvement in independence movements by Japanese authorities, but due to his severe illness, he was released on bail in December of the year, and he died in March 1938.
He was buried at the Manguri Cemetery Park in Korea and transferred to his memorial park called the Dosan Park in 1973. He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.


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2008-03-17 오후 2:29:34
<![CDATA[Minister Kim Delivers New Year's Message at the MPVA Headquarters.]]> ]]> 2008-01-05 오후 2:58:36 <![CDATA[Honored Guests Pay Tribute to the Fallen Korean War Vets on the Nov.11th Commemoration Ceremony]]> ]]> 2007-12-05 오후 5:00:19 <![CDATA[Establishing Independence Activist Dr. Schofield's Statue and Korean Garden in Canada]]>
Councilor Raymond Cho and Mr. Sam S. Kang; Co-chairs of the Dr. Schofield Memorial Committee administered this meaningful ceremony. On Nov. 29, Dae-sub Jang, Principle Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) as the delegation for the Republic of Korea, paid a visit to Canada and attended this profound ceremony. The family members and friends of Dr. Schofield, and the governmental officials of both Canada and Korea, as well as hundreds of the public supporters attended the ceremony.

The Memorial garden project is scheduled to be completed in 2009 with the total estimated costs of C$ 240 million. The MPVA has contributed the total amount around C$800,000 to this project along side the Toronto Zoo who has provided the land for the project. The funds for this project also have been made available from the state and local government of the Canadian Republic, and contribution from various public supporters. The project includes the statue of Dr. Schofield, his pavilion and memorial hall with Korean traditional architecture style in the Toronto Zoo.

The MPVA has been involved in this project in order that next generation can honor and remember Dr. Schofield`s noble sacrifices and spirit. This place will be a monument attesting to the friendship and everlasting peace between Canada and Korea. Some memorabilia and material from the Independence Memorial Hall in Korea will be presented at the historical hall constructed in the garden.

Dr. Schofield (1889-1970) was born in England in 1889. In 1907, he emigrated to Canada. In 1916, he was commissioned by the Presbyterian Church of Canada to go to Korea. During his stay in Korea, he realized how terrible the oppressive rule of the Japanese government was. Shocked by a brutal Japanese Imperialist government eradicated the Korean culture, heritage and language, Dr. Schofield decided to make a stand.

His empathy and compassion to independence activities for Korea caused his imprisonment for one year and ultimately his deportation from Korea by Japanese authorities. He was forced to return home to Canada in 1920. His love for the Korean people, however, did not end with his deportation. In 1958, Dr. Schofield was invited to Korea by President Syngman Rhee to be awarded the highest honor of decoration for his ultimate sacrifices and contribution to Korea`s independence.

Upon his return visit to Korea and until his death in 1970 at the age of 81, Dr. Schofield devoted himself to taking care of Korean orphanages and to teaching at the Seoul National University. He formed and ran English Bible Clubs for Korean high school students.

According to his ardent wish to be buried in Korea, Dr. Schofield is the only a non-Korean buried in the Patriot`s Section of the Seoul National Cemetery in Korea in honor and recognition of his distinguished achievement for the Independence Movement as a Canadian during the Japanese occupation period.

The MPVA will continue to support the preservation and reconstruction project for the Korea Independence Movement sites around world so that those memorial sites to ensure that the historical significance is recognized by future generations and to be what helps to unite and reconcile the local communities.

Jeon, Yongjin
02)2020-5151
jeonyong@mpva.go.kr
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2007-12-03 오전 9:22:23
<![CDATA[MPVA Honors Mr. Courtenay for Initiating and Supporting A Unique Memorial Program ]]>
On Nov.26, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Jung-bok Kim sent a thank-you letter to Mr. Vincent Courtenay who is a Korean War Veteran and the president of Korean War Commemoration Council of Canada in honor and recognition of his tremendous contribution initiating and spreading out the unique and magnificent movement under the slogan "Turn Toward Busan."

It is an admirable commemorative program on Nov.11th at 11:00am to honor and remember those who served in the Korean War and those who sacrificed their lives. This is a special service for Korean War Veterans by turning toward the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea and holding two minutes of silence for fallen heroes.

The MPVA will elevate the November 11th Veterans Commemoration Service to national status and work with leaders of the Korean War Veterans Association to expand and enhance it as the hub of a global service.

Jeon, Yongjin
02)2020-5151
jeonyong@mpva.go.kr
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2007-11-30 오전 9:22:25
<![CDATA[MPVA Decided to Level-up the Commemoration Ceremony for the Nov.11th Service]]>
-- War Vets abroad pay a silent tribute toward UN Memorial Cemetery on Nov. 11--
-- Upgrade the Nov. 11th Memorial Service to National Status under the MPVA --

On Nov.13, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Jung-bok Kim) decided to make concrete measures to develop the program of `Turn Toward Busan` movement, paying a silent tribute to the Fallen Korean War Veterans, arranged by the Korean War Commemoration Council of Canada by elevating the program to the Central Government level under the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

This commemoration ceremony was held at 11:00 AM on November 11th at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan, which marks the anniversary of the First World War Armistice and Remembrance Day in Canada. The message for the Nov. 11th memorial service from the Minister was published and read in Korea and several other memorial sites and events of UN allied forces for the Korean War.

At 11:00 AM on that day, Korean War veterans in the Commonwealth nations, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the US paid a silent tribute toward the UN Memorial Cemetery where 2,300 UN forces who served during the Korean War were laid to rest in peace.

This unique service initiated by Mr. Vincent Courtenay, president of the Korean War Commemoration Council of Canada is designated that Korean War Veterans honor and remember by turning toward UN Memorial Cemetery and holding two minutes of silence for fallen Korean War heroes under the slogan of ‘Turn Toward Busan’ movement.

Several countries participated in the Korean War as the UN forces; the US, the United Kingdom, Australia and France have already expressed their thoughts, minds and hearts to join this movement.

Jeon, Yongjin
02)2020-5151
jeonyong@mpva.go.kr

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2007-11-30 오전 9:16:57
<![CDATA[17 Family Members of Fallen Korean War Vets Are Invited To Korea]]>
A 17-member party consisted of 10 from the UK and 7 from Turkey and recommended by the Veterans Associations of each country is scheduled to visit and pay tributes to the Seoul National Cemetery Monument.

They are also going to Busan city to attend the 62nd UN Day Ceremony on 24th and place a wreath at the grave of their loved ones. After returning to Seoul, they will tour the Korean War Memorial and the Truce Village that straddles the border between N. Korea and S. Korea.

They maybe come to know that the sacrifice and devotion of their loved ones to S. Korea were not in vain by seeing and realizing the fact that Korea is a thriving, prosperous and democratic country.

Jung-bok Kim, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will host a banquet at the 63 Building on Oct. 25th for the family members on behalf of Korean government and all the people of the Republic of Korea to offer our love and our heartfelt compassion to them who mourn their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifices to defend our country they never knew and to protect our people they never met.


Since 2003 that marks the 50th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement, the families of the fallen Korean War Veterans who laid to rest at the UN Memorial Cemetery have been invited by the MPVA to offer our gratitude and deep respect to their families and strengthen strong relations with UN ally nations as well. The total of family members invited are 167 persons through this program.

The United Nations Memorial Cemetery with 14.7 hectare of land was built in Busan city, 1951. There had been about 11,000 of the UN`s fallen braves interred at this cemetery during the Korean War. Most of the remains were brought back each home country. Now, there are 2,300 remains from 11 nations.

Jeon, yongjin
02)2020-5151
jeonyong@mpva.go.kr
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2007-10-23 오전 10:59:56
<![CDATA[[NOTICE] Experience History on Saturday ]]>

1. Prpgram Overview
o When : 9:50-12:10 (AM), Oct. 13, 2007(Sat.)
o Eligibility : Elementary school students (around 40 students)
o Where : 2nd Flr. Laboratory Bdlg. Home of Korean People & exhibition `hall
o Cost : 10,000 KRW per person

2. Application
o Open : Sep. 20(Thur) ~ Oct. 4(Thur)
o Apply : Online application -> Notification (AM 11, Oct. 8, check on "What`s New") -> Cost payment
o Refund : You must give us a 2 days notice that you cannot participate in the program

** When applying, please state your school name and grade.


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2007-10-01 오전 8:16:28
<![CDATA[Revisit of Korea by members of the UN Allied Forces of the Korean War]]>
The visiting members consist of 18 veterans and their family members(11) from six nations including the US, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Thailand, and Ethiopia recommended by the Korean Veterans Associations of their nations. They will visit traditional cultural places like the recovered Cheonggyecheon(stream), Gyeongbokgung(palace), Biwon(Royal Secret Garden), pay tribute to the UN Memorial Park(Sep. 30), and participate in the R.O.K. Armed Forces Day ceremony on October 1st.

They will be also invited to the ceremony held on September 28th at Hotel Lotte to commemorate the UN Forces` recover of Seoul during the Korean War. Approximately 600 people including the minister of patriots and veterans affairs, foreign ambassadors to Korea, heads of veterans associations, members of the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization(Chairman Kang Da-shin).

The revisit program, sponsored by the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization, was designed to pay respect and extend appreciation to those who fought for Korea during the War under the flag of the UN Forces and remind the true value of freedom and peace.

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2007-10-01 오전 7:51:51
<![CDATA[Address by President Roh Moo-hyun on the 62nd Anniversary of the National Liberation of Korea ]]>
Sixty-two years ago today, we were liberated from the oppressive colonial rule of the Japanese imperialists. On that day, everyone in the nation embraced one another with overwhelming joy and shed tears of elation. The country set out to make a fresh start with new hope. We have finally carved out the Republic of Korea of today where everyone fully enjoys freedom and independence.

I pay wholehearted tribute to our patriotic forefathers, who dedicated everything they had for the independence of the homeland. I offer my deepest respect and gratitude to our patriots who sacrificed themselves for the nation`s independence and to their bereaved families.

Fellow Koreans,

We helplessly lost our country 100 years ago when we had no power to safeguard ourselves. After numerous hardships and much suffering, the country was finally liberated, but had to sustain yet other tragedies of the division of the nation and a fratricidal war.

But we refused to cave in; we rose up again. Weathering countless adversities, we have made miraculous and legendary achievements.

The national per capita income even fell short of a meager $100 half a century ago, but we are now about to enter the era of $20,000 in per capita income. The country has a gross domestic product and trade volume that has grown into the 10th largest in the world, and it holds the fifth largest foreign exchange reserves. With the splendid development of science and technology, Korea posted the fourth largest number of patent applications in the world.

The country is building up sufficient defensive power commensurate with its economic growth. With the 10th strongest elite military power, the Korean armed forces are firmly safeguarding peace on the Korean Peninsula and greatly contributing to peace and stability in the world.

There has been great development in democracy as well. Freedom House, the world-renowned human rights watchdog, rated Korea`s political freedom in the top-tier in the world. Reporters Without Borders also listed Korea above even the United States and Japan in the ranking of freedom of the press.

Our achievements in democracy and economic development are unprecedented in world history. There have been about 100 newly independent nations since the Second World War, but none of them has come close to the doorstep of becoming an advanced country except for Korea.

All these accomplishments are the outcome of the prowess of the ambitiously motivated Korean people and their painstaking efforts. I am grateful to our parents and all the people for the Republic`s success.

Fellow Korean citizens,

We will continue to set our economy in dynamic motion and will move forward toward an advanced democracy both in name and in fact, a country where the entire people can live with dignity.

There is, however, a daunting task that must be resolved in the course of marching forward. Incapable of casting off the yoke of the Cold War, Korea is still the only remaining country divided by Cold War rivalries. The sounds of gunfire have ceased, but we are not yet firmly confident of peace on the Korean Peninsula. Before it is too late, we have to overcome this adverse situation and open a new front for the future of the nation.

The situation surrounding us in Northeast Asia is changing rapidly. China is growing at an astounding pace, and Russia is bracing for a new growth surge. Japan is attempting to become a normal nation by shaking itself free from the postwar regime, and the United States is changing course and charting new global strategies. Even with the dissolution of the Cold War system, an order of peace and coexistence has yet to take firm root. The confrontational atmosphere is likely to boil over again at anytime.

My Participatory Government, has outlined an era of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia as one of the three administrative goals based on an accurate understanding of the changing situation in Northeast Asia, an excruciating self-reflection on our history and a dispassionate evaluation of the nation`s capabilities.

Without a successful framework of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia, it is difficult to bring about stable peace on the Korean Peninsula. The ambitious aspiration also reflects our awareness and willingness to proactively pioneer our destiny by taking the initiative to usher in the era of Northeast Asia within that framework.

The Participatory Government has pursued three major strategies to achieve such a goal: balanced and pragmatic diplomacy, cooperative and self-reliant national defense and North Korea policy of trust and engagement.

The balanced and pragmatic diplomacy is a future-oriented and practical strategy for foreign affairs and national security. In light of our strategic position and importance in Northeast Asia, plus our historic experiences, we should play a balancing role to bring about an order of peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. What really counts is whether we take a firm stand and what kind of vision we have.

To accomplish this, we have developed ROK-U.S. relations into comprehensive and dynamic ties. Korea`s relations with China, Russia and other neighboring countries have reached a higher level as well.

Inspired by these efforts, Korea has accomplished the remarkable feat of producing a UN Secretary-General. Over the course of resolving the issue of the North Korean nuclear program, the country also assumed an active role in mediating differences among the countries during the Six-Party Talks.

As befits Korea`s profile as the 10th largest economy, the Government`s plan for cooperative and self-reliant national defense illustrates our commitment to defending the nation with our own strength.

To date, my Administration has made an effort to overcome the nation`s psychological dependence on the United States while strengthening its potential for self-reliant defense. Guided by this strategy are the transfer of wartime operational control, redeployment of the U.S. Forces Korea, relocation of Yongsan Garrison, and vigorous progress in implementing the National Defense Reform 2020.

Self-reliant defense and the ROK-U.S. alliance must go forward hand in hand. It is simply not a matter of choosing between two alternatives. From this day onward, as it has in the past, the ROK-U.S. alliance will grow into even more robust ties based on mutual respect and close cooperation.

Fellow citizens,

When dealing with North Korea, South Korea has also continued to work ceaselessly toward policies of trust and engagement. As a result of exercising patience to curb hostile acts and engaging in dialogue and persuasion to build trust, inter-Korean relations have consistently advanced even after the breakout of the North Korean nuclear issue.

When compared with the previous Administration, inter-Korean trade has doubled, cooperative projects have grown four times, and people-to-people exchanges jumped seven-fold. Changing inter-Korean relations are symbolized by the reconnection of railroads and the Gaeseong Industrial Complex. A business district that currently employs 16,000 entrepreneurs and workers from South and North Korea, the Gaeseong Industrial Complex will grow into an industrial zone that produces goods worth over $2 billion annually, with its workforce swelling up to 100,000 by the end of the first move-in phase. With military tension under control, there has not been a single armed clash during my Administration`s watch.

The Korean Peninsula is on a more stable footing now than at any other time. As the negative sentiment over Korea`s geopolitical stability gradually ebbs, its sovereign credit rating is rising. An international source said that Korea has surpassed the United States and France on the peace index.

North Korea is also changing. It is much less leery of the South, exhibiting a pragmatic and flexible stance in channels of inter-Korean dialogue and economic cooperation. With many North Korean regulations and organizational structures geared toward reform, awareness of the market economy has spread quickly among its citizens.

North Korea`s potential and its excellent human capital have manifested themselves in many different ways throughout inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation. The productivity of North Korean employees is improving at a surprising pace. Additional progress in inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation will put North Korea`s development on a faster growth trajectory.

Fellow citizens,

The North Korean nuclear program, the biggest issue for our nation over the last four years, is entering onto the road toward a solution.

In 2005, the Six-Party Talks yielded the September 19th Joint Statement that laid out comprehensive answers to the issue of the North Korean nuclear program. More than a mere solution to the North Korean nuclear issue, the Joint Statement provides a larger framework for peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. The February 13 Action Plan inked this year outlined the specifics by which initial steps have already been taken to completely close North Korea`s nuclear facilities.

I have faith that every concerned member of the Six-Party Talks will follow through on the September 19 Joint Statement and February 13 agreement in good faith.

Fellow citizens,

For the most part, my Administration`s foreign and security policies are approaching materialization. This is the time to take a step forward.

The Six-Party Talks, now shifting into a new phase, has to be managed in a way that it is locked into a virtuous cycle with the inter-Korean dialogue.

Progress in the Six-Party Talks is enlivening the dialogue between the two Koreas. Inter-Korean dialogue, in turn, accelerates the success of the multilateral talks. If the Six-Party Talks advances even more successfully, it will develop into the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

When the armistice regime is transformed into a peace regime and when the South and North join hands to bring in a new economic era on the Korean Peninsula, it will live up to its title, the hub of the Northeast Asian economy. South Korea will energetically expand into the Eurasian continent and place itself on the map as the hub of trade in goods, finance and business, while North Korea will be given an opportunity to achieve epoch-making economic development.

Fellow Citizens,

In two weeks, I plan to hold an inter-Korean summit with National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong-il.

The summit is the first in seven years and will serve as an occasion to normalize inter-Korean relations that have gone through difficulties due to the North`s nuclear program. More than anything, the summit will contribute to further solidifying peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula while advancing common South-North prosperity. The meeting is also expected to help the Six-Party Talks make progress, while facilitating development of multilateral ties that should ensue in the future in Northeast Asia.

The South and North have already made comprehensive and concrete agreements on the basic principle of the inter-Korean relationship and the direction of development. They include the July 4, 1972 Joint Communique, the 1991 South-North Basic Agreement, the 1992 Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the June 15, 2000 South-North Joint Declaration. The four major agreements constitute the firm commitment that past administrations in the South and North have made before the world.

Now is the time for the parties concerned to strive to put the agreements into practice. By respecting the agreements and taking a faithful stance to carry them out, the two sides will be able to develop their relationship into one that is predictable and trustworthy.

Fellow citizens,

I do not plan to be overly ambitious in the forthcoming talks. I would rather not try to make a new historic turning point with this meeting; I will only try my best to materialize what has already transpired historically as I mentioned just now.

What matters most is the fact that the two sides have to bolster understanding and trust toward each other. To this end the two sides have to try to understand each other and compromise what should be compromised. We will seek dialogue for the future, instead of a dispute.

As far as economic cooperation is concerned, I feel we need to start discussing the formation of an inter-Korean economic community. From now on, the two sides need to develop inter-Korean economic cooperation into productive investment collaboration and into two-way cooperation. In this way the South will have more investment opportunities, while the North will have a chance to make an economic turnaround. We intend to make progress one step at a time from the area that is possible.

Throughout the entire summit, I will make careful judgments of the historical mission conferred on me. I will not try to accomplish something for the sake of accomplishing it. Instead, I will do all I can to fulfill my obligation. The summit will be in harmony with the Six-Party Talks and will be carried out in such a way that it expedites their success.

I would like to see the people of the Republic reach a consensus in this regard. I hope you will not burden me by saying, "Don`t do this or don`t do that." I hope you won`t tell me, "Get this without fail." I earnestly hope that the nation will gather creative, collective wisdom within a big framework for a brighter future.

Fellow Koreans,

Sixty-two years ago, we were not able to prevent the division of our land. But now, it depends on our determination whether or not the two Koreas cooperate with each other and forge a path of common prosperity. Depending on how we act, we can play a leading role in assuring peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia.

To this end, we all have to take a responsible stance internally as we cope with inter-Korean problems. In dealing with the development of inter-Korean relations, partisan interests have no place. This is not an issue that can be resolved by any one Administration alone. An Administration is expected to do all it can and leave its achievements to the next Administration. The next Administration, in turn, is expected to try harder to reach an even higher level based on existing accomplishments.

With only a short time before the presidential election, the nation`s political parties and politicians are urged to respect the agreements made by the previous Administrations. They should not maintain North Korea policies that are tantamount to retracting the agreements the Republic has made.

Fellow Koreans,

History is going forward. It is shifting from the order of power and confrontation to the order of reconciliation and cooperation. One hundred years ago, the Korean Peninsula was a battlefield of the major powers, but now, the land is poised to become a source of Northeast Asia`s peace and prosperity as it dashes into a promising future.

I believe in the potential of the Korean people who have achieved what they have with sheer determination. I believe in the strength of our nation that has overcome countless challenges over many millennia and created a glorious culture.

Let us write a new chapter of history by utilizing that potential and strength. Let us leave to our sons and daughters as well as grandsons and granddaughters a more peaceful and prosperous future.

Thank you.



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2007-08-17 오후 5:28:33
<![CDATA[Overseas Descendents of Liberation Patriots Visit Motherland]]>

This time, the invitees include the descendents of those who significantly contributed to the independence of Korea such as patriots Hur Wi, Lee Dong-hui, Lee Wi-jong, Min Keum-ho, and Lim Kyung-cheon. The MPVA basically chose the independent activists who had not been to Korea before among the recommended by embassies and consulates general in foreign countries.


The invitees arrived in Seoul on August 13th and will pay tribute to Seoul National Cemetery, pay a visit to Independence Park and History Museum in Seodaemun, experience Korean traditional culture, do a Seoul tour, participate in the commemoration ceremony for Liberation, visit historic independence relics, industrial sites (POSCO), as well as cultural sights such as Bulguksa(Temple) and Gyeongbokgung (palace of the Chosun Dynasty). They will also visit Namdaemun Market and Itaewon Market and attend a welcoming dinner(14th) hosted by Kim Jung-bok, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. They will leave Korea on August 19th.


The annual visiting event was began since 1995, the year that marked 50th anniversary of Korea’s liberation, is expected to contribute to succeeding the noble, patriotic spirit of the people who died for the nation and raising patriotism that unifies Korean people. The total number of the invitees has been 423 from 15 countries.


The MPVA will continue to hold the event of inviting descendents and bereaved families of Korean patriots living in foreign countries, in order to strengthen the policy for patriots and veterans and improve the spirit of patriotism.

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2007-08-13 오전 11:50:00
<![CDATA[International Academic Symposium Commemorating Independence Hall's 20th Anniversary ]]>

* Representatives of museums and memorials from 5 nations made presentations on the subject

- August 15th of this year marks 20 anniversary since the Independence Hall was built with the fund raised from the general public. The symposium was designed to promote the relationship between museums or memorial halls in countries that have experienced colonization by an imperialist, oppression by other nation, or devastation of war.

- The attendees of this year`s symposium from India, Poland, Russia, China and Korea will make presentations on their struggles against imperialism and discuss social, historical role of the peace memorials in their nations.

* Declaration of Peace and Declaration on the adoption of the US House Resolution 121 demanding the Government of Japan to formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Force`s coercion of young women into sexual slavery

- On August 9th, attendees of the symposium will adopt "Declaration on world peace and anti-aggression" at the Independence Hall, hoping to make a peaceful world without war or aggression and announce a statement calling upon the Japanese government to take an official responsibility it has done to the comfort women as the US House Resolution 121 was adopted.

* Hope the release of the Korean hostages taken by the Taliban in Afghanistan

- Attendees will ring the "bell of hope" 23 times (the number of the hostages including the 2 deceased men) and fly out 700 balloons (the number of Korean people).



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2007-08-09 오후 4:49:04
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to Dr. Homer Bezaleel Hulbert (1863-1949)]]> * Where: Foreigner`s Cemetery located at on the Seoul Union Church grounds in Hapjeong

A memorial service of Dr. Homer. B Hulbert who confronted the Japanese to defend the national sovereignty of Daehan jeguk (the Korean Enpire) was held on August 3rd, 2007 at the Foreigner`s Cemetery located at on the Seoul Union Church grounds in Hapjeong.

At present were director Lee Bong-chun of MPVA Seoul regional office, chairman Kim Kuk-ju of the Korea Liberation Association, Jeffrey Jones, honorary chairman of the AMCHAM, and 200 or so members of the Korea Liberation Association and Association of Commemorative Services for Dr. Homer. B Hulbert. The chairman of the commemorative services association will open the ceremony with a keynote speech, which will be followed by memorial addresses by the director of MPVA Seoul regional office and the chairman of the Korea Liberation Association, short remarks by Mr. Jeffrey Jones, wreath-laying, and introduction of bereaved family of Dr. Hulbert, and presentation of a plaque of thanks.

Dr. Homer Bezaleel Hulbert (1863-1949), born in Vermont, US, was an educator and missionary who loved Korea . Dr. Hulbert`s life-long love for Korea began in 1886 at the age of 23 when he accepted a position as an English teacher at the Yukyongkongwon, and served as director of Korea `s very first modern educational institution and diplomatic advisor to emperor Gojong.

In 1905, when the annexation by Japan threatened Korea`s independence, Dr. Hulbert carried a secret letter from King Gojong to the United States and exposed Japan `s true intentions. In 1907, Dr. Hulbert also helped Korean patriots, Jun Lee, Sang Sul Lee, and Wie Jong Lee so that they could attend the Hague International Peace Conference and defend Korea `s national interest.

Even when facing death, Dr. Hulbert is quoted to have said "I would rather be buried in Korea than in Westminster Abbey." When he visited Korea in 1949 as a guest of the state, he passed away within one week of his arrival at the age of 86. He was buried at the Yanghwajin Foreigner`s Cemetery in Seoul , Korea according to his wishes. Dr. Hulbert today is still remembered by many as one who loved Korea more than the Koreans themselves.

In 1950, the Korean government awarded Dr. Hulbert the highest Medal of Honor given to those who contributed most to the establishment of the Korean nation, and Dr. Hulbert was the first non-Korean citizen to receive such a distinction.


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2007-08-07 오전 11:07:51
<![CDATA[Commemorating MPVA's 46th Anniversary ]]>
* Where: 9th floor, MPVA building

* Launch of BOVIS, a visiting welfare program for veterans


The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Kim Jung-bok) had a congratulatory ceremony marking the 46th anniversary of its foundation on August 6, Monday in which 300 people including MPVA public ambassador: Yang Mi-kyung, welfare workers, and Ministry officials were present.

The MPVA launched the BOVIS in an effort to create an environment of innovation within the Ministry, enhance public awareness of the importance of serving those who have made contributions to the nation, and materialize on-demand visiting welfare service for MPVA clients.


․ Bohun (meaning "serving those who have made contributions to the nation")
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․ Visiting Service

Since 2005 the MPVA is operating a mobile team at each of 25 regional office to provide a visiting welfare service for patriots and veterans, and since 2006, it has been providing a comprehensive welfare program including home care and nursing services for its aging clients to help them adapt to the ever-changing social environment as Korea has ushered in an ageing society.

At the ceremony, 26 officials will be granted gifts for their long-term service (more than 30 years) and 34 officials will be awarded commendations for outstanding service followed by a congratulatory speech by the Minister Kim.

In the afternoon, there will be a lecture on "laughter and release of stress" to help MPVA officials to reduce fatigue and stress of dealing with clients.

The predecessor of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs was Military Relief Agency (founded in 1961) and its status was elevated to a ministry level in 1962 and it gained its current name in 1985 .

MPVA clients include those who have made significant contribution for the national independence, veterans with service-related disabilities or diseases, war veterans, veterans with disabilities (possibly) associated with exposure to Agent Orange Herbicides, democratic activists who took part in the May 18th democracy movement, veterans who served mid- or long-term service, etc.

What BOVIS is about...

Mobility and accessibility of the welfare program offered by the MPVA

The design of the BOVIS has the waving Korean flag, the symbol of the MPVA.

The slogan "With sacrifice and love" symbolizes the significance of extending due respect and honor to those who have contributed and sacrificed for the nation.

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2007-08-07 오전 10:03:16
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to the Late Rhee Syngman on the 42nd Anniversary of His Death]]> * Place: Hyunchung Hall, the Seoul National Cemetery

The 42nd memorial service was held by the Association of Commemorative Services for the first president Rhee, Syngman (chairman Lee Hong-gu) at the Seoul National Cemetery at 2 pm Thursday. Dr. Rhee was an independence activist during the Japanese colonial rule and elected the first president of South Korea after liberation.

The service was attended by Minister Kim Jung-bok of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, former prime minister Kang, Young-hoon, president Lee Chul-seung of the ROKPS, 300 or so members of the Korea Liberation Association and Association of Commemorative Services for the first president Rhee, Syngman. After the memorial service, there was a workshop on "the diplomatic activities of Rhee, Syngman for independence, national foundation, and defense of the Republic of Korea."

Dr. Rhee Syngman(March 26, 1875 – July 19, 1965) was born in Pyeong-san, Hwanghae Province in the North. He published Hyupsung bulletin in 1896 and critized the government as the chief editor.

He went to the US in November, 1904, and graduated in 1907 from The George Washington University, from Harvard University in 1909. He enrolled at Princeton University in September of 1909, apparently obtained a Ph.D. in Politics on June 14, 1910 and then, returned to Korea. He was appointed as a representative of World Methodist Conference and went back to the US. He settled in Hawaii and published Korea-Pacific magazine and devoted himself to independence movement, cooperating with Park, Young-man and Ahn, Chang-ho.

When the Provisional Korean Government in Shanghai was established after the March 1st Movement in 1919, he was elected as the president of the provisional government. He also participated in the Washington Disarmament Conference May, 1912 and in the Council of the League of Nations, Geneva in 1933 to expose the Japanese aggression.

When the Pacific War broke out after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 8th, 1940, he appealed for unity of all Koreans through VOA. After Japan`s surrender he returned to Korea on October 16th, 1945 and was elected as the first president of the Republic of Korea in 1948.

He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1949.

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2007-07-23 오후 5:18:44
<![CDATA[Commemorative Ceremony of the Centennial Anniversary of the Special Envoys to The Hague, Netherlands]]> * Place: Hague Nieuwe Kerk (The Hague)
Tomb of Patriot Lee Jun in Suyoo-dong (Seoul)

The Organizing Committee for the Centennial Anniversary of Special Envoy to The Hague held a commemorative ceremony at 10:00 AM (5:00 PM Seoul Time) 14th July 2007 at the Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague, Netherlands sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA).

More than 700 people including minister Kim Jung-bok of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, former prime minister Lee Hong-gu, ambassador Choi Jong-moo to the Netherlands, 5 members of the Korean Assembly (Kim Hyung-oh, Lee Si-jong, Kim Won-woong, Lym Hae-gyu, Shin Sang-jin), president Kim Hak-jun of Dong-a Daily, cellist Chung Myung-wha, mayor Wim Deetman of The Hague, chairman Choi gyu-joong of the the Korean society in the Netherlands, Korean compatriots, students, a group of visitors to historic sites in relation to the Hague Special envoys attended the ceremony to commemorate the three special envoys made up of Lee Sang-seol, Lee Wi-jong, and Lee Jun dispatched to the Second Peace Convention held in The Hague 100 years ago to engage in diplomatic activities aimed at appealing to the world’s great powers to invalidate the Eulsa Treaty.

An official from the MPVA said, "A series of events held to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Hague special envoys including academic conference, and the reopening of the Lee Jun Peace Museum will help to promote the sense of unity among Korean compatriots living in the European countries and their patriotism as Korean and serve greatly to the enhancement of the friendly relationship between the Netherlands and Korea as well as the status of Korea on the international stage."

On the domestic front, the Association of Commemorative Services for Patriot Lee Jun held a commemorative ceremony of the centennial anniversary of the Hague Special Envoys at the tomb site of patriot Lee Jun which was attended by around 500 people including vice minister Jung Il-kwun of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, chairman Kim Gook-ju of the Korea Liberation Association, ambassador Hans Heinsbroek, and members of relevant associations.

At 6:00 pm on Seoul Plaza, "Art Festival for World Peace" was held to pay tribute to patriot Lee Jun`s spirit of sacrificing himself for the sake of the nation.

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2007-07-18 오후 5:58:07
<![CDATA[Revisit of Korea by 166 members of the UN Allied Forces of the Korean War from the Commonwealth of N]]>
166 veterans and their families from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Great Britain were invited to this event and a welcoming dinner was held on April 17 (Tue) at Lotte Hotel.

"Revisit of Korea by members of the UN Allied Forces of the Korean War" is an annual event the MPVA has been hosing since 1975 marking the 25th anniversary of the Korean War. More than 23,000 veterans and families from 21 nations have been invited so far and around 630 veterans are scheduled to be invited this year through six occasions.

The group arrived at Seoul on April 15th and will visit the National Cemetery on 17th at 09:30 AM and several sites of historical interest including the War Memorial of Korea. After that, they will visit some cultural places and Panmunjeom, too. Before going back home on April 22nd, they will pay a visit to the UN Memorial Park in Busan and attend Gapyeong War Memorial Service and Paju Seolmari War Memorial Service.

The UN Allied Forces consisted of soldiers from A total of 21 nations. Among them, 16 nations dispatched fighting forces and 5 nations medics. A total of 1,940,000 soldiers participated in the War and 600,000 are assumed to survive.

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2007-04-20 오후 5:42:37
<![CDATA[Commemoration Ceremony held to mark the 88th Anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisio]]>

The Ministry of Patriots and Vaterans Affairs hosted a commemoration ceremony to mark the 88th Anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government simultaneously in Seoul and Chongqing. The Korean Provisional Government was established in Shanghai, China on April 13, 1919 inheriting the spirit of the March 1 Independence Movement that proclaimed Korean people`s strong will of independence throughout the world.

In Seoul, 1,000 or so people including high-ranking government officials, bereaved families of those who made great contribution to Korea`s independence, members of the Korean Liberation Association, representatives of various organizations, citizens, and students gathered at Kim Koo Museum &Library for the ceremony to remember the historical meaning of the Korean Provisional Government.

Rocker Seo Moon-tak and Kyunghee University Choir performed the newly arranged "Song for Independence Fighters" followed by a congratulatory remarks by the Primier and "The Yalu River Marching Song."
After the ceremony, a ceremony to pay tribute to those who sacrifices for the extablishiment of the Provisional Government was held in Seoul National Cemetery. MPVA Minister Park Yu-chul, Chairman of the Korea Liberation Association(KLA), heads of independence movement associations, and members of the KLA, and 300 others participated in the ceremony.

Meanwhile in Chongqing, another commemoration ceremony was held at Hotel Intercontinental hosted by the Korean Consulate General in China on April 13 simultaneously with the ceremony in Seoul.Approximately 200 participants will join the ceremony in Chongqing including Chang, Chung-shik, as government representative, Director General of the General Affairs Management Division, Jung Il-kwon, former chairman of the Korea Liberation Association Yoon Kyung-bin, Consul General of the Shanghai, China, officials of Shanghai city, diplomatic officials, descendents of patriots, students, and ordinary Koreans studying or living in the region.

At a reception held after the ceremony, medals and gifts were granted to descendents of patriots "Lee dal (awardee of Dongnip Jang (the Order of Independence) in 1992)" and "Yoo Ja-myung ( awardee of Aeguk Jang (the Order of Patriotism) in 1992)."

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2007-04-20 오후 5:41:20
<![CDATA[Photo Exhibition marking the April 19th Revolution]]>

1. Period : April 16. (Mon.) ~ April 22(Sun)
2. Opening time: 09:00~18:00
*** Opening time is adjusted to 11:00 ~ 18:00 on April 19(Thur.) due to the commemorative ceremony
2. Place : The National Democracy Park for the April 19th Revolution
3. Exhibition: Photographs related to the April 19th Revolution


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2007-04-06 오후 6:04:12
<![CDATA[Renovated MPVA Webpage for Kids]]> ]]> 2007-04-04 오전 11:02:50 <![CDATA[Memorial Service for the Independence Martyr Ahn Joong-geun]]> * 2:00 PM, Academic Seminar at Sejong University *


A ceremony paying tribute to the memory of a patriotic martyr Joong-geun Ahn, who died 97 years ago was held on March 26 in Seoul, Korea by the `Association for Commemoration Patriotic Martyr Joong-guen Ahn`. With the execution of the 1909 killing of Japanese Residents-General in Korea, Hirobumi Ito, Ahn offered hope, courage and inspiration to the Korean people who were disheartened by the loss of national sovereignty to Japan.

The ceremony was attended by about 500 persons including Yu-chul Park, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the representative of the bereaved family members, citizens and students.

This year`s service held greater significance with the participation of 20 Japanese persons including Kano Dakumi, chairman of the Ahn Joong-geun Research Institute, Saito Taigen, head priest of a Buddhist temple Daerim, Miyagi prefecture representative, who have been conducting various projects to honor and respect Ahn`s ideology of peace. The Korean and Japanese sides had the goodwill meeting to exchange information about finding the remains of Ahn after the ceremony followed by the academic seminar on March 24 at Sejong University in Seoul.

Joong-geun Ahn, born in 1878, founded the schools and spearheaded the enlightenment movement during the Japanese colonial period. After Korea was forced to accept the Ulsa Treaty in 1905 by Japan, which took away the sovereignty of Korea, Ahn determined to devoted himself to regaining the independence from Japan. Since then, Ahn took the lead in carrying out military resistance activities against Japan.

In October, 1909, Ahn shot Hirobumi to death in Harbin, China and was arrested on the spot after shouting `Long live the independence of Korea!` three times. Ahn was transferred to the Japanese prison located in Yeo-soon, China and died in March 1910. However, the remains have been found nowhere, therefore the Korean government is making every effort to discover it and honor Ahn`s idea by having a working-level meeting with North Korea.

The Korean government has awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation (Republic of Korea Medal) to Ahn in 1962.

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2007-03-26 오후 5:49:48
<![CDATA[The 47th Anniversary of the March 15th Revolution]]> * When: 10:00 AM, Mar. 15(thur.), 2007 *

A commemorating ceremony will be held on March 15th at the National Democracy Park for the March 15th Revolution sponsored by the association (Chairman Kim Jong-bae) for the commemoration of the Revolution, marking the 47th anniversary of the March 15th Revolution in Masan. The revolution on March 15th of 1960 was triggered by the political corruption of the ruling Freedom Party and the presidential election fabricated to retain the power of the corrupted autocratic regime. The revolution also gave rise to the April 19th Revolution in Gwangju.

The solemn service will be attended by around 1,000 people including Minister Park Yu-chul of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Governor Kim Tae-ho of Gyeongsangnam-do, Mayor Whang Chul-gon of Masan City, members of the Association for the Commemoration of the March 15th Revolution, citizens and students. Director Jin Doo-seong of the Commemorative Association for the April 19th Revolution Gyeongsangnamdo branch will give a progress report followed by the keynote speech by the chairman of the Association for the Commemoration of the March 15th Revolution and congratulatory speech of the President of the Republic of Korea (read by the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs on his behalf) and a couple of remarks, poem reciting and singing of the March 15th Song. Then shouting hurray three times.

Before the ceremony, a ceremony of paying tribute to the victims of the March 15th Revolution was held at 4 PM of March 14 in the National Democracy Park for the March 15th Revolution..

On the sidelines of the main ceremony, there will be a series of activities including a photo exhibition, March 15th Marathon, a writing contest, and an oratorical contest to remind ordinary citizens of the noble spirit of the revolution and let them have a chance to think about it.

*** Attachment: The list of events for commemorating the March 15th Revolution
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2007-03-15 오후 1:04:55
<![CDATA[Free Medical Services in the Korean War Participating Nation ]]>
- Place : Paranake & Cavite, Phillippines

- Purpose: Free Medical Services for veterans, their families, and 2,500 citizen of

the Korean war participating nation in return for their service during the War




From March 4 through 11, the Korean Oriental Medicine Service Team Abroad (KOMSTA, chairman Kim Ho-sun) will provide medical services for 2,500 citizens including Korean War veterans, their families living in the Philippines sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul).

The project was designed to return the sacrifice many foreign soldiers made during the Korean War and foster the exchange and cooperation on a civilian level between Korea and their nations, especially those in vulnerable medical situation.

The medical team (headed by Dr. Lee Dong-ju) will consists of 16 doctors of oriental medicine and 22 supporting personnel. They will provide medical treatments such as acupuncture, yellowish swelling, and moxa cautery (moxibustion) as well as granular biomedicine.

When the Korean War broke out, the Philippines dispatched 7,420-strong battalion. Among them, 112 soldiers were killed and 229 injured in action. Since establishing a diplomatic relation with Korea in 1949, the Philippines have been actively engaged in diplomatic, economic, cultural exchanges with our nation. The Korean Government has been promoting the medical cooperation with the Philippine counterpart by establishing the Korea-Philippine Friendship Hospital in the City of Trece Martires, Cavite.

The KOMSTA provided similar medical services in the Korea-Philippine Friendship Hospital for 4,000 citizens in 2005 and 2006.


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2007-03-07 오전 11:14:16
<![CDATA[Designation of meritorious persons for the Korean independence ]]>
- 59 patriotic martyrs and independence movement activists including the deceased patriot Lee Eon-il -

1. Three independence movement martyrs and their wives who are also
independence martyrs in Manchuria
2. 41 people are newly designated as meritorious persons
3. MPVA will designate up to 300 meritorious person by the Liberation Day


o The MPVA designates 59 martyrs and independence movement activists including the deceased patriots Lee Eon-il, Kim Mun-soon, Kim Jeong-lak who waged independence movement in the Manchuria region and Choi Myeong-su, Nam Chul-ee who staged the March 1 Movement, marking the 88th anniversary of the Samil Movement.

o The Awarded Orders of Merits: 24 Orders of Merit for National Foundation, 7 Order of Patriotism, 17 Order of National Pride), 5 National Foundation Medal, 30 President`s commendation for the national foundation

o The meritorious acts of 41 awardees have been acknowledged through the investigation of the researchers commissioned by the government and the MPVA plans to find and up to 300 meritorious persons and recognize their contribution to our nation.

o The number of people who were recognized as meritorious persons for the Korean independence since the foundation of the Republic of Korea has reached 10,692.

- Daehan Minguk Jang (the Order of the Republic of Korea): 30
- Daetongnyeong Jang (the Order of the President): 93
- Dongnip Jang (the Order of Independence): 793
- Aeguk Jang (the Order of Patriotism): 3,333
- Aejok Jang (the Order of National Pride): 4,046
- President`s commendation for the national foundation: 1,750

o Awardees of the Order of Merits Granted on the 88th Anniversary of the March 1 Movement

- Aeguk Jang (the Order of Patriotism) (7) -

Kim Mun-soon (Manchuria)
Kim Jeong-lak (Manchuria)
Lee Gyu-woon (China)
Lee Nak-jun (Courageous and Heroic Fighter)
Lee Seok (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Lee Eon-il (Manchuria)
Choi Myeong-su (March 1 Movement)

- Aejok Jang (the Order of National Pride) (17) -

Goh Sa-man (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Kwon Cheong-hak (March 1 Movement)
Kim Seon-myeong (March 1 Movement)
Kim Sul-byeong (March 1 Movement)
Kim Cheon-bong (March 1 Movement)
Nam Chul-ee (March 1 Movement),
Bank Chang-geun (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Baek Su-hak (March 1 Movement)
Son Sang-seok (March 1 Movement)
Ahn Jae-hak (Army in the Cause of Justice)
Jeong Gu-shik (March 1 Movement)
Jeong Mun-gyu (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Jeong Jeom-yong (March 1 Movement)
Jo Yong-woo (March 1 Movement)
Je Se-jook (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Hong Deok-ju (March 1 Movement)
Hong Hak-yong (March 1 Movement)

- National Foundation Medal (5) -

Kwon Hyuk-jo (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Moon Baek-ryong (March 1 Movement)
Jang Pyeong-wan (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Jeong Soon-yong (March 1 Movement)
Choi Dal-su (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)

- President`s commendation for the national foundation (30) -

Kang goo-won (March 1 Movement)
Kang Dae-gil (March 1 Movement)
Kwon Seon-yong (March 1 Movement)
Kim Bo-man (March 1 Movement)
Kim Bong-an (March 1 Movement)
Kim Seong-shil (March 1 Movement)
Kim Young-ho (March 1 Movement)
Kim Tae-geun (Anti-Japanese Fighter Acted on the Korean Peninsula)
Kim Tae-eul (March 1 Movement)
Moon Eui-gyeong (March 1 Movement)
Min Chan-ho (March 1 Movement)
Park Dol-mong (March 1 Movement)
Park Sang-gyu (March 1 Movement)
Song Se-tak (March 1 Movement)
Shin boon-geum (March 1 Movement)
Ahn Deok-whan (March 1 Movement)
Oh Teon-gu (March 1 Movement)
Yu Gyeong-mun (March 1 Movement)
Yoon Ak-ee (March 1 Movement)
Lee Kweong-gip ( March 1 Movement)
Lee Byeong-yong (March 1 Movement)
Lee Sang-mun (Japan)
Lee Seon-ho (March 1 Movement)
Lim Jeong-shil (March 1 Movement)
Jang Eung-je (Student Movement)
Jang Heung-whan (March 1 Movement)
Jeong Hyeon-mo (Student Movement)
Choi Byeong-seok (March 1 Movement)
Han Gyu-seop (March 1 Movement)
Whang Seok-san (March 1 Movement)


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2007-03-02 오후 6:16:33
<![CDATA[Reenactment Events of the March 1st Movement]]> - Cultural Festivals in 50 Cities around the Nation

Fifty reenactment events of the March 1 Movement, or the Samil Movement will be held, commemorating the 88th anniversary of the Mansei Demonstrations. The series of events will be held starting from the "Torchlight Procession" on the eve of March 1st in the National Debt Repayment Movement Park in central Daegu at 5 PM, Feb. 28th (Wed.).

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) will support 240 million won for hosting those events in a bid to help inherit our forefathers’ spirit of independence and enhance patriotism of Korean people by hosting historic reenactment events like March 1 Movement.

The reenactment events scheduled to be held from the end of February through April will be accompanies by a variety of cultural events featuring unique characteristics of each city. The reenactments hosted by non-government organizations like the Junior Chamber International Korea and regional cultural centers will be staged in a quiet realistic way.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans first drawn up the plan to reenact the March 1 Movement and it was first reenacted in 15 cities in 1999, marking the 80th anniversary of the Movement. As year passes by, the events have been developed into massive festivals for upholding the spirit of independence in many cities participated by ordinary citizens and social groups who want to commemorate the independence of our nation.

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2007-02-28 오후 6:15:15
<![CDATA[A Centennial Anniversary of the Repayment of the National Debt Movement ]]> - Time: 10:00 AM Feb. 21(Wed.)
- In memory of the great patriotism for the redemption of the national sovereignty of Korea and its independence

A centennial anniversary of the redemption of the national debt movement, or the Gukchaebosang Movement, will be held at 10:00 AM, Feb. 21st in the Daegu EXCO (DAEGU Exhibition & Convention Center) co-hosted by the Daegu Metropolitan Government(Mayor Kim Bum-il), the Commemorative Association for the Redemption of the National Debt Movement (Chairman Kim Young-ho) and Daegu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Chairman Lee In-jong). The movement was staged to recover the national sovereignty of our nation and retain the economic independence under the occupation of Japan.

The ceremony will be attended by 1,000 or so participants including Premier Han Myung-suk, Minister Park Yu-chul of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Minister Park Hong-su of Agriculture and Forestry, Daegu Mayor Kim Bum-il, Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Kim Kwan-yong, reporters, business leaders, and members of non-government organizations. Chairman Kim Young-ho of the Commemorative Association for the Repayment of the National Debt Movement will recite the purpose of the movement followed by congratulatory remarks by the Daegu Mayor and the Premier, video watching, and musical performance by Daegu Philharmonic Choir.

The statuettes (busts) of patriots Kim Kwang-je and Seo Sang-don will be unveiled in Gukchaebosang. And Kim Byung-yeol and Seo Gong-seok, grandson of Patriot Kim Kwang-je and great grandson of Patriot Seo Sang-don both of whom were designated as the Patriots of the Month in February, will be granted plaques of designation as tokens of consolation.

Attachment: The History behind the National Debt Repayment Movement
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2007-02-20 오후 6:09:35
<![CDATA[Ceremony marking 88th anniversary of 2.8 Independence Declaration ]]>
The commemoration ceremony to mark the 88th anniversary of the Feb. 8th Tokyo Independence Declaration was held on February 8, Thursday both in Japan and Korea: at Tokyo YMCA building (AM 11:00) and the Korea Liberation Association (AM 11:30) respectively.

The declaration was issued by Korean students in Japan back in 1919 aimed at reclaiming sovereignty from the Japanese colonial rule and it served as a catalyst to the subsequent March 1st Independence Movement.

The Ceremony held in Tokyo was hosted by the Korean YMCA in Japan (President; Jong-sun Lee) and A a total of 250 people including Lee Jong-jung, chairman of the MPVA Committee for Deliberation of Merit Reward Awardees, Kook-joo Kim, president of the Korea Liberation Association (KLA), Jong-il Rah, the Korean ambassador to Japan, members of the KLA and Korean residents living in Japan joined the ceremony.

On Wednesday (Feb. 7) this week, grandson of the first Japanese to award an Order of Merit for National Foundation invited and encouraged the descendents of independence movement activists who played a leading role in the Tokyo Independence Declaration at Miyako hotel in Tokyo.

The Seoul ceremony was held at the auratorium of the KLA Building participated by 30 people including KLA members.


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2007-02-08 오후 5:25:24
<![CDATA[Independence Patriots of the Month – February]]>
- Kim Kwang-je (1866.7.1~1920.7.24) & Seo Sang-don (1850.11.10~1913.6.30) -

Patriots who staged Enlightenment Movement through "the Redemption of the National Debt Movement" in 1907.


Kim Kwang-je filed a petition against the Eulsa Treaty with the emperor Gojong of Korea while serving as superintendent general of Dongrae District in 1905, calling for the impeachment of pro-Japanese collaborators and rooting out of corruption in the Korean empire. His petition was rejected and he was sent into exile, but he moved to Daegu to stage the Patriotic Enlightenment Movement with Seo Sang-don by establishing a publishing company called "Kwangmunsa."

Seo Sang-don was born to a Christian family in Kimcheon and he made a great fortune by doing a business. He took the charge of finance of "Dokniphyeophwoi" or the Independence Association and protested Japanese intervention in the national affairs and made efforts to safeguard the sovereignty and improve human rights in Korea since he joined "Manmin gongdonghoe" or convocation of ten thousand people.

Especially, Kim and Seo were engaged in enlightenment movement of the Korean people by publishing books on new knowledge of other nations and practical science and disseminating the philosophy of modernism and self-reliant strength. Then, acknowledging that Korea was facing a crisis because Korea was heavily indebted, they staged "the Redemption of the National Debt Movement" in 1907.

Afterwards, Kim built "Ilshin School" in Manchuria and taught students patriotism and also involved in the second version of the March 1 Independence Movement in 1920 died in the same year.

When "the Redemption of the National Debt Movement" turned out to be failure due to the oppression of the imperialist Japan in 1907, Seo died in 1913 after dedicating himself to strengthening of our people by fostering business.

Kim and Seo were awarded "Aejok Jang" (the Order of National Pride) in 1990 and 1999 respectively.


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2007-02-07 오후 4:28:44
<![CDATA[Ceremony Marking 88th Anniversary of 2.1 Independence Declaration Held in Jilin, China by 39 Indepen]]> Where: Seoul Museum of History

The commemoration ceremony marking the 88th anniversary of the Feb. 1st Jilin Independence Declaration was held on February 1st, Thursday at Seoul Museum of History in Seoul Jong-sun Lee) hosted by Samgyeunhakhoe (Society of Three Equilibriums, Chairman Cho man-je). The declaration was issued by independence activists who are waging independence movements in Manchuria and Russia

The service will be attended by General Director of MPVA Seoul Office Jang, Dae-seop, 300 or so members from the Korea Liberation Association, independence movement associations and the Society of Three Equilibriums. The chairman of the Korea Liberation Association will open the ceremony with a keynote speech, which will be followed by the Proclamation of Korean Independence recited by the chairman Cho Man-je of Samgyeunhakhoe and commemorative speech by the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and shouting hurray three times.
back in 1919 aimed at reclaiming sovereignty from the Japanese colonial rule and served as a catalyst to the subsequent March 1st Independence Movement.

After the ceremony, an academic seminar on patriot Cho So-ang and the spirit of Three Equilibriums based on the proclamation of Korean Independence will be held.

The subjects of the seminar were the chronicle of Korean independence movement, autobiography "Cho So-ang," and Cho So-ang’s pieces of work written in Chinese.

The Proclamation of Korean Independence also called "Muo (lunar name of the year 1918) Proclamation of Independence" was declared by 39 patriots including Cho So-ang and Shin Chae-ho on Feb. 1, 1919 in Jirin, a northeastern province of China at the end of the World War II.

By the Proclamation, Korean people declared to the world our rights and dedication to independence against the oppression of the imperialist Japan and presented a new way in waging the independence movement at home and abroad.

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2007-02-05 오후 3:26:25
<![CDATA[A New Merit Reward System Takes Effect in 2007]]>
2. Transformation of facilities such as the Independence Hall into a place of experiencing patriotism

3. Expansion of silver welfare service – home helper∙ home nursing service, and establishment of sanatoriums

4. Strengthening of Veterans Assistance Infrastructure through the establishment of "a Pan-government Scheme for the Assistance of Veterans."


In 2007, The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) will put our policy focus on the establishment of a respected merit reward system, guarantee of a healthy and comfortable life for veterans, patriots, and their families, spread of the love for country, assistance system for veteran`s smooth transfer to civilian life capitalizing on the human resources of veterans on a national level in a bid to honor those who sacrificed and contributed tremendously for the nation and inherit and uphold such noble spirit to the contemporary and future generations.

Especially, "the National Merit Reward Commission" chaired by the prime minister has been formed consisting of experts from both the public and private sectors, the system of identifying and compensating national meritorious persons has been amended, Independence Hall, Daejeon National Cemetery and other national cemeteries will be transitioned into places to experience patriotism, and a "Pan-government Scheme for the Assistance of Veterans" is expected to be formulated by "the Commission for Veterans Assistance."

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2007-01-31 오후 4:57:43
<![CDATA[Announcement on 2007 Loan Programs for Veterans]]> Announcement # 2007-2

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs offers the 2007 loan programs for veterans who have served more than 10 years in pursuant to the article 21 of the Act on the Support for Veterans.

Jan. 8, 2006
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs


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2007-01-24 오후 2:38:08
<![CDATA[New Year's Greetings from the Minister]]> My fellow officers at the MPVA!

2007, the year of the pig, has arrived. I wish all of you will achieve everything you hope for this New Year. And I also hope that the New Year will bring all the blessings and a happiness to your family.

Over the past year, we have confronted many challenges such as the North Korean nuclear confrontation and the sagging economy at home and abroad.

In the face of such challenges, however, we, at the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, have taken a big step forward by successfully addressing major pending issues.

Most of all, the completion of "the Scheme for the Development of National Merit Reward System" set the stage for our Ministry to make a brand new, forward-looking merit reward system.

We also launched "the National Merit Reward Commission" designed to discuss major policy issues concerning national merit reward system and made every policy efforts to make the Commission play its designed role.

In addition, we laid the groundwork for managing facilities of honoring meritorious persons. The Daejeon National Cemetery came under the authority of our Ministry from the Ministry of National Defense, and an effective system of deliberating national cemetery interment eligibility was established.

The amendment of "the Act on the Support for Veterans" has let us more systematically assist veterans` smooth transfer to civilian life.

All in all, the entire system of national merit reward has taken a step forward and our Ministry is now poised to implement a more advanced merit reward program.

I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the public servants of the MPVA for your dedication and commitment to the advancement of Korea`s merit reward system.

We will continue to make every effort to put in place an advanced merit reward administration system based on what we`ve built during the past years.

I would like to explain policy directions of the MPVA for the new year.

This year, we will put our policy focus on the establishment of a respected merit reward system, guarantee of a healthy and comfortable life for veterans, patriots, and their families, spread of the love for country, assistance system for veteran`s smooth transfer to civilian life capitalizing on the human resources of veterans on a national level.

To this end, we will first establish a respected merit reward system by revamping our merit reward system through substantial improvement of the efficiency of the "National Merit Reward Commission."

Second, as the needs of patriots and veterans change, we will expand home welfare services for the aged and those who are disabled or have restricted mobility, strengthen the veterans` helper system, and establish more nursery homes for aged veterans, and improve the silver welfare, capitalizing on the existing public, and private nursery homes.

Third, we will spread the love for our country by transforming facilities like the Independence Hall and the Seoul National Cemetery into cultural complexes, making the Imsil and Youngcheon National Remembrance Cemeteries more accessible to ordinary citizens by adding more efficiency to their operation, and turning Hyochang Park into an Independence Park that upholds our national spirit.

Last but not least, we will strengthen the veterans assistance infrastructure through the establishment of "a Pan-government Scheme for the Assistance of Veterans."

There`s a saying "the gull sees farthest who flies highest." Just like the saying, we at the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will set our goal high in the year of the pig and pull our every effort to develop the national merit reward system to serve as a pillar for the harmony and unity of all Koreans, and make our Ministry a more trusted, hard working organization.

And I would like to ask your support and cooperation in our efforts to make the patriots & veterans policy to bear good fruits.

In closing, I once again wish all the happiness and great success for the patriots, veterans, and fellow officers at the MPVA in the year 2007.

Happy New Year!

Thank you.

Jan. 2, 2007
Park Yoo-chul
Minister of the Patriots and Veterans Affairs



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2007-01-22 오전 9:28:09
<![CDATA[Opening of the MPVA Loan & Insolvency Management Center]]>
The Center will carry out all kinds of loan-related works of the MPVA in a bid to better manage loan works from providing loans, determining and notifying loan principle to each defaulter, to recovering arrears.

But applications that require personal visit of the applicants such as collateral alternation, succession to liabilities should be filed with the regional offices or branch offices just like before.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will be able to enhance the quality of MPVA administrative services by cutting in half the number of civil servants in charge of loan works from 69 to 35 in regional offices and relocating them to MPVA call centers and welfare assistance-related divisions where more administrative demand arises.

For more information, call 02-3775-0550 (Loan & Insolvency Management Center, 17-12 Yeoido-dong, Youngdeungpo-gu)

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2007-01-19 오전 10:32:59
<![CDATA[76th Anniversary of the Death of Patriotic Martyr Lee Bong-chang]]> A ceremony will be held in the Kim Koo Museum & Library at 11 a.m. of Jan. 8 (Mon.) to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the death of patriotic martyr Lee Bong-chang who let the world know the invasion of Korea by the imperialist Japan and Korean people`s determination for independence by throwing a bomb to then Japanese Emperor Hirohito at the heart of Japan, Tokyo. The ceremony will be hosted by the Association of Commemorative Services for Patriot Lee Bong-chang (Chairman, Kim Ho-yeon).

The service will be attended by Minister Park, Yu-chul of patriots and veterans affairs, Chairman Kim, Kook-ju of the Korea Liberation Association, and 150 or so heads of independence movement associations and bereaved family members of independent activists. The chairman of the commemorative services association will open the ceremony with a keynote speech, which will be followed by memorial addresses by the MPVA minister and the chairman of the Korea Liberation Association. Wreath-laying, and incense burning for the repose of Martyrs Lee`s soul will also take place.

Patriot Lee Bong-chang (1901~1932) was born in Seoul and became a member of Haninaegukdan (Korean Patriotic Organization) after seeking asylum in China in 1931. On January 8, 1932, he was arrested for attempting to assassinate Japanese Emperor Hirohito by throwing a bomb and was executed in Ichigaya Prison on Oct. 10 of the same year.

Although Patriot Lee failed to assassinate the Japanese emperor, he was in the vanguard of independence movement in the 1930s and his assassination attempt became a turning point in the way of carrying out Korea`s independence movement at home and abroad.

He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.


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2007-01-05 오후 5:56:53
<![CDATA[Opening of the MPVA Loan & Insolvency Management Center]]>
The Center will carry out all kinds of loan-related works of the MPVA in a bid to better manage loan works from provision and recovery of loans, determination/notification of loan principle to each defaulter, and recovering arrears.

But applications that require personal visit of the applicants such as collateral alternation, succession to liabilities should be filed with the 25 regional offices and branch offices just like before.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will be able to enhance the quality of MPVA administrative services by cutting in half the number of civil servants in charge of loan works from 69 to 35 in regional offices and relocating them to MPVA call centers and welfare assistance-related divisions where more administrative demand arises.

For more information, call 02-3775-0550 (Loan & Insolvency Management Center, 17-12 Yeoido-dong, Youngdeungpo-gu)

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2007-01-04 오후 3:09:44
<![CDATA[Government delegation pays a consolatory visit to Korean Troops in Zaytun, Iraq]]>

The delegation of the Korean Government headed by Park Yu Chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, visited on Dec. 27 the Zaytun Unit in the northern Iraqi town of Arbil and Daiman Unit in Kuwait in charge of transporting supplies from Kuwait to Korean forces stationed in Arbil and delivered consolation money and gifts, enhancing the morale of the 3,600 Korean service members.

The delegation made the visit despite the threat of terrorism in an attempt to encourage the dispatched service members who have been carrying out their mission to restore peace and rebuild the war-torn country. The delegation comprised of the minister of patriots and veterans affairs and 10 working level officials from relevant ministries including the Ministry of Defence.


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2006-12-28 오후 4:18:34
<![CDATA[Foreign Brides Learn Korea, Their Second Home !]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) and the Independence Hall of Korea (President Kim Sang-woong) hosted the 2nd `Korean History & Culture Experience Program for Migrant Wives` on Dec. 3rd 11:30~15:40 in order to give an opportunity for foreign brides to enhance their sense of identity and pride as a Korean by experiencing Korea`s traditional culture and getting history lessons of the nation.

30 members of the Migrant Worker`s Welfare Society in Korea migrating from 7 nations including Vietnam, Mongolia, China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Thailand participated in the program. The participants paid tribute to national martyrs by laying wreath at the Independence Hall before they enroll in the program. During the program, they learned the origin and the meaning behind `Hanbok,` Korean traditional garment, and then actually wore Hanbok and learned how to give a deep curtsy. Two mixed marriage couples who haven`t had a wedding were provided a Korean traditional wedding service especially prepared for them.

Besides, the foreign wives toured through 7 exhibition rooms embracing the Korean history and the spirit of the patriots who died for the nation. They visited `Longing-for- Reunification Garden` and ringed a bell inside.

The whole program was designed to give a chance to migrant people to understand what it is like to be Korean and feel that they are not outsiders but dignified members of Korea, a second home for them.

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2006-12-04 오후 2:22:49
<![CDATA[Remains of Overseas Independence Patriots Laid to Rest at the Daejon National Cemetery]]> In cooperation with other patriotic organizations in Jilin, China, Mr. Jae-ryong Won engaged in the independence movement under the Japanese Colonial rule. Mr. Do-baek Park was arrested on charge of leading Dongrae Independence Movement in the Busan area. After being released from the prison, he moved to Manchuria, China and fought against Japan. Meanwhile, Mr. Hyuk-hee Shin assisted Mr. In-suk Yu in the Jechon area, and participated in the anti-Japanese movement to reclaim our sovereignty in Manchuria, China. Also, Mr. Chang-geo Kang languished in prison for two and half years while he was trying to promote anti-Japanese sentiment among the Korean people by joining several groups, such as Korean Student Science Research Association. His ashes, which had been buried in Osaka city, Japan, were flown to Korea on the 25th and interred on the following day. Out of 347 independence patriots` remains which had been buried abroad, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs brought remains of 107 persons back home, and interred them in the National Cemetery. Also, among the remaining 240 souls in foreign lands, the MPVA newly decorated graves of 90 persons, whose whereabouts were confirmed, and now use them as educational resources for Korean national residing in those countries.

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2006-11-08 오후 3:46:30
<![CDATA[Offspring of Independence Patriot, Wi Huh, Visited MPVA]]>
The Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Yu-chul Park, invited two granddaughters of independence patriot, Wi Huh, to his office on Oct. 12th and talked with them. Ms. Rosa Huh (78) is a daughter of Mr. Huh`s eldest son, and Ms. Anisia Huh (66) is a daughter of his fourth son.

Minister Park delivered Mr. Hyung Huh`s certificates of decoration and compensation to his bereaved family member, Ms. Rosa Huh, and expressed his respect for the late patriot. Ms. Rosa Huh and Ms. Anisia Huh currently reside in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, and arrived in Korea on Oct. 8th, at the Prime Minister`s invitation.

Ms.Huh`s party went to their grandfather`s hometown and visited their family graves with relatives, then traveled to Gyeongju City, Independence Hall of Korea, War Memorial of Korea, and Korea Liberation Association, etc. After enjoying various cultural events such as `Nanta Performance,` they went back to Uzbekistan on Nov. 3rd.

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2006-11-08 오후 3:44:55
<![CDATA[Shorten Adjudication Period for National Meritorious Persons]]> - Aims at Curtailing the Period to 140 days from 229 days in 2004

The adjudication procedure, which is the first step for those who sacrificed or devoted for our nation to receive honorable treatment and support as national meritorious persons, has greatly been streamlined. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs began to reform the procedure that caused inconvenience and complaints due to the long period it took for the applicants to be listed on the beneficiaries. With the innovation efforts by the MPVA, the period has been shortened, the problems for each step have also been addressed, and unlisted persons were identified and provided with quick and convenient services, resulting in enhanced customer satisfaction and greater protection of rights and interests of people who filed civil appeals.

Now is the Time to Innovate

According to the opinion that redundant steps and too many related agencies were delaying the overall procedure, the reformation was launched after reaching the conclusion that even though essential procedure cannot be removed, we can reduce the time for adjudication by improving and accelerating detailed procedure. However, given that national meritorious persons are the ones the entire Korean people admire and respect, as well as a lot of budget is spent compensating them, the biggest obstacle to the reformative measure was that fairer, more objective and prudent judgment must precede. Still, as most of the civil complaints petitions related to merit reward were involved in the adjudication procedure, which is the first step to receive honorable treatment and support from the government, to take reformative measures was inevitable. Finally, this boiled down to a conclusion that "we need to reduce the adjudication period to satisfy our customers." To find out ways to address problems in each step, the MPVA first analyzed a specific cause of delay and searched for the solution.

Continuous Innovation... Subsequent Efforts and Review

First of all, to reduce time needed for adjudication, the MPVA streamlined verification procedure and succeeded in curtailing the period by 22 days to 58 days in 2005 from 80 days a year earlier. In addition, by running adjudication support T/F team the MPVA helped delayed applications to be processed, and the adjudication period was also shortened by reinforcing examiners (12 persons). In addition, the MPVA started to operate a pool system of adjudication, to use standardized forms and terminology of the procedure, established database of related documents, as well as identified and addressed inefficient areas in the procedure. As a result, the adjudication period was reduced to 57 days at the end of 2005, from 82 days in 2004.

In terms of physical examination for disability grade determination, there has been great improvement, too. After readjusting examination cycle, the number of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery exams, which have many examinees (about 70% of total examinees), was expanded to twice a month (from once a month), and departments with relatively small number of examinees (5 departments including ophthalmology) increased the number of exams to three times a month (previously medical specialists of other hospitals offered clinical service once a month). Besides, the physical examination period was cut by 14 days to 53 days as of the end of 2005 from 67 days a year ago.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs is not complacent about such achievements, but continue to pursue innovation, aiming at reducing the entire adjudication period to less than 140 days within this year. In fact, the MPVA has already seen some improvement in the adjudication procedure, curtailed the period to 168 days last year from 229 days in 2004.

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2006-11-08 오후 3:41:00
<![CDATA[Children of Those who Rendered Distinguished Services to the Nation Receive 5 % of Additional Points]]>
In an effort to improve the `Incentive system for national meritorious persons and their bereaved families in civil service exams,` which has long been controversial after decided as unconstitutional, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yu-chul Park) prepared three revised bills including `the revised bill regarding honorable treatment and support provided to national meritorious persons` and announced the new legislative bill on Aug. 18th. The new bill will go into effect from July 1st, 2007 after being put to vote in the National Assembly during the second half of this year.

The `Incentive system for national meritorious persons and their bereaved families in civil service exams` was ruled by the court of constitutional review as unconstitutional on last Feb. 23rd and recommended to be substituted with others by June 30th 2007. According to the new draft legislation, the ratio of incentives for national meritorious persons, such as patriots who contributed to the national independence, veterans and policemen disabled on duty, and their bereaved families (those of patriotic martyrs, veterans and policemen killed in action, victims of the May 18th Democratization Uprising Movement, etc.) will be maintained at the current level of 10%, while incentive ratio for the children and family members will be sharply reduced to 5%.

With the abolition of the `incentive grant system` to those who get less than 40 % of points in each examination subject, persons of merit who are competent and qualified as civil servants are to be passed in the exams. Also, in the face of reduced incentives, in order to support the beneficiaries to enhance their capacity to get a job by themselves the `Employment Voucher System,` under which part of tuition fees is provided when taking classes for civil service exams or learning foreign languages, will be introduced from 2007. Meanwhile, the existing ceiling ratio (30%) of employment, which was designed to prevent too many national meritorious persons from passing the exam with limited number of seats, will be maintained. Over the past three years, an average of 28.2% and 16.2% of national meritorious applicants passed exam for the seventh and the ninth class public servants respectively.

After peaking in 2004, over the past five years, the rate of successful applicants among persons of merit (in the exams for seventh and ninth class public servants, and teachers` license examination) turned downward, recording 6.2% (647 persons) in 2005 and 4.9% (610 persons) in 2006 at the teachers` license examination (for primary school and kindergarten).

In order to improve the `Incentive system for national meritorious persons in employment,` the MPVA formed T/F team (headed by the Vice Minister of the MPVA and composed of director generals from related ministries including the Education, Defense, Government Administration Ministries, Civil Service Commission, and civil experts) and came up with a proposal for improvement through many rounds of discussion. An official from the MPVA said that, "If the incentive rate is cut to 5% from 10%, the rate of successful applicants among national meritorious persons and their family members will sharply drop, and that of general public will increase in return, eventually expected to contribute to resolving infringement of the right to equality and the right to assume official duties."

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2006-11-08 오후 3:38:20
<![CDATA[Identify and Award prizes to 313 Independence Patriots]]> - President Roh said, "let us make a leap toward a new future based on national unity."

On Aug. 15th, marking 61st anniversary of National Liberation, many commemorative events were held by governmental and private organizations in Seoul and throughout the nation. In the morning of that day, the Central Celebration Ceremony was held at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul.

With the participation of 3,000 persons including President Roh and First Lady, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister, Independence patriots and bereaved families, party leaders, representatives from all walks of life, and citizens, the ceremony was held for about an hour, began by paying tribute to the lofty spirit of the patriotic ancestors who sacrificed themselves for the nation.

In his address, President Roh laid emphasis on "national unity and prosperity of the future," "stability and peace of the Korean people," and "overcoming the nation`s division and establishing peace in the Northeast Asia."
In particular, President Roh asserted that "We have to exert our best efforts to heal the wounds inflicted by the history of division and confrontation of bygone days and to prepare a new future of the country in which the nation and the people are unified as one." He stressed that, "At a minimum, values of democracy and human rights should be recognized and those who have violated these values in the past should genuinely reflect on themselves and offer an apology. On the other hand, let us leave it to history making a judgment on controversies over legitimacy or qualifications, which are rooted in the quirks of history. In this way, let us accomplish a feat of genuine forgiveness and reconciliation and move forward together into a bright future."

President Roh added that, "The only way to bring together the people`s opinions as one is to practice democracy properly," saying that, "The core of democratic principles consists in relativism and tolerance. Another principle is respect for the rules. People are expected to reach a consensus through dialogue and compromise. Even when they cannot reach an agreement, they are expected to come to a conclusion according to the rules and comply with the outcome."
And he also claimed that, "Before amending its Constitution, Japan should reflect upon its past actions, act on its previous apologies," and continued, "Japan should prove in a clear manner that it has no intention of repeating them."

He also said that, "Most of all, we need to manage wisely the reality of national division," and "We should be thoroughly prepared with a reliable deterrent and, at the same time, try to persuade North Korea with tolerance and patience while encouraging them to take the road to peace and prosperity." Meanwhile, to mark Korea`s 61st Liberation Day, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs awarded prizes to 313 patriotic martyrs and independence movement activists including the late Young Park, armed struggler in the Manchria and Noryung region; the late Ji-hyung Go, who was arrested while carrying out the March First Independence Movement in Pyungnam province, and laid down his life for the nation in prison; the late Jae-woo Lee, anti-Japan fighter; and Hyo-jung Lee, the oldest survivor and female independence fighter.

The awarded meritorious persons for the Korean independence include 145 winners of Order of Merit for National Foundation (3 Independent Medals, 43 Patriotic Medals, and 99 National Medals), 47 winners of National Foundation Medal, 121 winners of the President`s commendation for the national foundation, among whom 2 survivors and 2 women are included. Their medals were handed down to the awardees themselves or their bereaved family members at the National Liberation Day Central Celebration Ceremony and celebrations hosted by local governments. The recipients and their bereaved families residing abroad were awarded the decorations through the Korean embassies, and the government keeps medals of those whose bereaved family members were unfound.

Among 313 recipients who were awarded in commemoration of the 61st anniversary of National Liberation, 232 were decorated by the government`s efforts to find out forgotten patriotic martyrs. The MPVA plans to award medals to a total of 500 persons by the Patriotic Martyrs Day. The winners were selected after being verified by the `National Archives & Record Service Team` based on the analysis of about 1,000 cases of application for the merit reward. Until now a total of 10,469 decorations were awarded to those who made great contributions to the national independence, including 30 Republic of Korea Medals, 93 Presidential Medals, 791 Independent Medal, 3,304 Patriotic Medals, 3,980 National Medals, 610 National Foundation Medals, and 1,661 President`s commendations for the national foundation.

Recipients of the major medals are as follows:

[Independent Medal of the Order of Merit for National Foundation]
- The late Ji-hyung Go (1859 ~ 1927): Leader of the Independence movement in Pyungnam province, North Korea
- The late Young Park (1887 ~1927): Representative military fighter who led independent militia in Manchria and Noryung area in early 1920s
- The late Jae-you Lee (1905 ~ 1944): Leader of labor movement and independent movement under the Japanese colonial rule in Tokyo, Japan.

[Patriotic Medal of the Order of Merit for National Foundation]
- The late Apanasi Kim (1890 ~ 1938): Second generation of Koreans in Russia, leader of independence movement in the Russian region. Formed a Korean youth organization in Russia.
- Hyo-jung Lee (1913 ~ ): Alive. Female independence fighter. Participated in the strike when attending Dong-deok girls` high school in 1920.


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2006-11-08 오후 3:28:08
<![CDATA[Formulated the Basic Plan for Patriots and Veterans Affairs]]> - Expected to Improve Compensation System – Focusing on Expanding Health and Medical Welfare

The `Basic Plan for Patriots and Veterans Affairs,` which will serve as a foundation for Korea`s national meritorious policies, was established for the first time by the National Merit Reward Commission which is headed by the Prime Minister. As a governmental body, the National Merit Reward Commission, became to be equipped with a comprehensive system for national meritorious policies, Korea has completed setting up its framework of national merit reward for development of the country.

On Oct. 19th, the Prime Minister Myung-sook Han presided over the 1st meeting of National Merit Reward Commission where she deliberated and passed the `Basic Plan for Patriots and Veterans Affairs` which has been pursued since the previous administration. The plan is to be renewed every five years, and the newly devised plans will be effective until 2010.

The 1st meeting of National Merit Reward Commission was attended by 12 heads of central administrative agencies including the Prime Minister Myung-sook Han, the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Yu-chul Park, the Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, and the Minister of Defense, as well as 13 private members including the former president of National History Compilation Committee, Man-yeol Lee. The agenda of the meeting included countermeasures to the requests to be newly recognized as merit reward recipients.

Presided by Prime Minister Han, Confirmed and Announced by National Merit Reward Commission

According to the Basic Plan for Patriots and Veterans Affairs, approved by the National Merit Reward Commission, the plan aims at establishing a `forward-looking merit reward system` which can gain support from the public. To this end, the commission will put forward with the plan in earnest by determining the range of merit reward recipients and increasing the budget by more than 10 percent annually over the next five years.
As part of efforts to achieve the goal, the Commission decided to gradually reduce the period it took for the applicants to be listed on the beneficiaries to 120 days by 2010, from 168 days in 2005. Furthermore, compensation amount for severely disabled veterans will be increased to the 100 percent level of average household expenditure by the year of 2010 from some 90.8 percent in 2005. Also, in response to the aging recipients, the commission plans to increase the number of beds in the patriots and veterans hospital to 1,130 from 310 and to build more nursing homes in rural areas.

Concentrated Investment with Increased Annual Budget by 10 percent for Each Project

Under the plan, the government decided to greatly extend welfare benefits for recipients by reinforcing aide personnel as well as establishing nursing homes in Busan and Gwangju by 2008, and in Daegu and Daejeon by 2010. Moreover, in the face of reduced incentives for the bereaved families of national meritorious persons in civil service exams, down to 5 percent from the current 10 percent, the MPVA plans to provide various measures, such as ‘Employment Voucher System,’ to support the beneficiaries to enhance their capacity to get a job by themselves. Along with these measures, with an aim to promote love of the nation among the public, the ministry will also strengthen its system to identify patriots who contributed to the national independence, insure substantiality of commemorative events, as well as form a network among patriots and veterans facilities at home and abroad to use them as educational resources. At the same time, the MPVA intends to distribute educational programs for promoting the noble spirits of independence, patriotism, and democracy to primary and secondary schools, and to redouble its efforts to further strengthen exchanges on patriots and veterans affairs with other countries. In particular, for more efficient outcome, the MPVA plans to reform patriots and veterans affairs bodies, which pursue different policies and plans, and to vitalize National Merit Reward Commission, while the MPVA and local governments will establish organic cooperation system to formulate action plans and implement them one by one.

"National Merit Reward should Be Substantial Center of National Unity," Said PM Han

At the meeting, the National Merit Reward Commission also discussed several pending issues including requests from veterans, patients suffering form the aftereffects of agent orange herbicide, the May 18th Democratization Uprising Movement participants, etc. to be recognized as national meritorious persons. In order to provide substantial benefits to those who rendered distinguished services to the nation, the government is going to gradually increase the amount of veterans honorary allowance and agent orange allowance and to expand medical and educational supports. For mid-to-long term goal, the commission will put forward with measures to restructure the overall system of national merit reward, such as name, scope, and compensation system for the national merit recipients so that they can reasonably reflect social changes and meet the needs of beneficiaries. The Prime Minister Han urged that all the central and local governments should take aggressive measures to provide benefits to the national merit reward recipients. Also, taking the people’s ever-increasing demand and interest on the merit reward system into account, she asked the participants to ensure all the people who made contributions and sacrifices to the nation and their families to enjoy an honorable life and love of nation to be instilled among the general public.

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2006-11-08 오후 3:26:13
<![CDATA[Bereaved Family Members of Korean War Heroes those who Laid to Rest at UN Memorial Cemetery Visited ]]> - Attended the United Nations Day Commemorative Ceremony and Visited Memorial Sites as well as Korean Traditional Cultural Sites


The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park, Yu-chul) invited 30 bereaved family members who participated in the Korean War under the U.N. flag and laid to rest at the U.N. Memorial Cemetery, from Oct. 22nd to 27th.

Thirty family members included 19 from the U.K., 8 from Canada and 3 from the Netherlands, recommended by Veterans Associations of each nation, participated in the various activities including visiting the National Cemetery and War Memorial of Korea, as well as experiencing Korean traditional culture.

The delegation who arrived here on Oct. 22nd paid their tribute to the National Cemetery on the 23rd, then moved to Busan to attend the `61st anniversary of the UN Day,` which was held in UN Memorial Cemetery on 11 a.m., then the `Unveiling Ceremony of Monument for the fallen UN Soldiers` and commemorative concert in the evening of the same day.

After coming back to Seoul on the 25th, the invitees traveled to historic sites including Bukchon traditional village, Gyeongbokgung Palace, War Memorial of Korea, Panmunjeom, or DMZ and departed on the 27th.

Meanwhile, the Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Kim, Jung-bok hosted a banquet for the delegation at Seoul Plaza Hotel on the 26th to console and encourage them whose beloved family members lost their lives in the defense of the free democracy and the world peace in a foreign land.

The MPVA have been implementing the `Visit Korea Program for the Bereaved Families of the UN War Veterans` since 2003, marking the 50th anniversary of the armistice between the two Koreas, through which 120 people from 8 nations were invited to Korea.

The United Nations Memorial Cemetery, occupying 14.7 hectare of land, was built in Daeyon-4-dong, Busan, in Jan., 1951, by UN Forces Command in Korea.

Although there had been about 11,000 of the UN`s fallen braves interred at this memorial cemetery during the Korean War, most of the remains were brought back home and 2,285 from 11 nations including 281 Australians, 378 Canadians, 44 French, 117 Dutch, 34 New Zealanders, 1 Norwegian, 11 South Africans, 462 Turkish, 885 British, 36 Americans, and 36 Koreans are currently interred in the Cemetery.

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2006-11-01 오후 5:00:06
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to the Late Rhee Syngman on the 41st Anniversary of His Death]]>
The service was attended by Minister Park, Yu-chul of patriots and veterans affairs ministry, former prime minister Knag, Young-hoon, General Bak, Sun-yup, and 150 or so members from Korea Liberation Association and Association of Commemorative Services for the first president Rhee, Syngman.




Dr. Rhee Syngman(March 26, 1875 – July 19, 1965) was born in Pyeong-san, Hwanghae Province in the North. He published Hyupsung bulletin in 1896 and critized the government as the chief editor.

He went to the US in November, 1904, and graduated in 1907 from The George Washington University, from Harvard University in 1909. He enrolled at Princeton University in September of 1909, apparently obtained a Ph.D. in Politics on June 14, 1910 and then, returned to Korea. He was appointed as a representative of World Methodist Conference and went back to the US. He settled in Hawaii and published Korea-Pacific magazine and devoted himself to independence movement, cooperating with Park, Young-man and Ahn, Chang-ho.

When the Provisional Korean Government in Shanghai was established after the March 1st Movement in 1919, he was elected as the president of the provisional government. He also participated in the Washington Disarmament Conference May, 1912 and in the Council of the League of Nations, Geneva in 1933 to expose the Japanese aggression.

When the Pacific War broke out after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 8th, 1940, he appealed for unity of all Koreans through VOA. After Japan`s surrender he returned to Korea on October 16th, 1945 and was elected as the first president of the Republic of Korea in 1948.

He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1949.
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2006-07-20 오후 5:58:23
<![CDATA[Companies Rewarded for Renovating Decrepit Houses of National Meritorious Persons]]>
At the thirteenth annual ceremony, 77 construction companies were rewarded government prizes and the MPVA`s official commendations and appreciation plagues. CEO Baek, Uk-jin of Shinwoo Development Company was received Industrial Service Medal. Shinwoo has been participating in the housing renovation for unprivileged veterans project for eight years.

Korea Housing Guarantee Corporation has provided 623 veteran households with 1.8 billion KRW for renting houses since 1995. This year, 34 disadvantaged patriots and veterans households were given 3 million KRW each.

Since 1994, 777 member companies of the Korea Housing Builders Association have repaired 804 houses for persons of merit and their bereaved families as a means to return their corporate profits to the community.

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2006-07-03 오후 2:31:52
<![CDATA[A Memorial Service to the Late Kim Koo on the 57th Anniversary of His Death]]>
The service was attended by National Assembly Speaker, Lim, Chae-jung, Minister Park, Yu-chul of patriots and veterans affairs ministry, Chairman Kim, Kook-ju of the Korea Liberation Association, and 300 or so bereaved family members of independent activists. The chairman of the commemorative services association opened the ceremony with a formal address, which was followed by memorial addresses by the National Assembly speaker, the MPVA minister, and the chairman of the Korea Liberation Association. Requiem by the chorus of Sookmyung Women’s University, wreath-laying, and incense burning for the repose of him also took place.

Another memorial service was held by Incheon branch of the Korea Liberation Association at Packbum Plaza which was named after the pen name of Kim Koo at 11 a.m. on the same day.

Kim Koo was born in 1876 in Haeju, Hwanghae-do Province. He joined the righteous army corps and launched a rural enlightenment drive in 1910s to save his declining mother nation. He was exiled to Shanghai right after the March First Independence Movement in 1919 and appointed as the Police Bureau Commissioner. Since then, he had served as Minister of Internal Affairs, and Premier of the Shanghai Korean Provisional Government. After liberation, he worked to build a united nation until he was assassinated by Ahn, Doo-hee. He was decorated with Republic of Korea Medal which is the highest among five Orders of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.


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2006-06-29 오후 6:17:09
<![CDATA[A Commemoration Ceremony for the 56th Anniversary of the Korean War]]> -- 143 Koran War veterans and 118 overseas Korean veterans to participate in the ceremony

A ceremony in commemoration of the the 56th Anniversary of the Korean War was held by the Korean Veterans Association on June 25th. The ceremony sponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) was to ruminate on the lessons of the Korean War and to pay tribute to all the Korean War veterans.

The ceremony was attended by 5,000 or so people including Prime Minister, Han, Myeong-sook, MPVA Minister, Park, Yu-chul, government officials, politicians, senior military officials, Korean War veterans, veterans associations staffs, soldiers, students, and citizens who apply for participation on the Internet. Among veteran participants, 127 persons were former UN soldiers (60 from the US, 32 from Turkey, 25 from Belgium, and 26 from Thailand) and 118 were Korean veterans living abroad (98 in the US, 10 in Canada, and 10 in Australia.)

A variety of commemorative events was carried out by local veterans associations in 237 cities and counties around June 25th.

A banquet for Korean War veterans was also held at Lotte Hotel at 3 p.m. on June 25th.

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2006-06-29 오후 5:44:23
<![CDATA[Forever Love for Korea of UN Korean War Veterans]]> -- Those grandchildren of Korean War veterans to support Korean National Soccer Team at Jamsil Baseball Stadium


From June 22nd to 27th, 127 Koran War veterans from Thailand, Belgium, Turkey, and the U.S. and 16 grandchildren of Turkish veterans visited Korea.

Turkish Korean War veterans and their grandchildren paid a visit to UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan at 11:30 a.m., on 22nd. They joined veterans from other countries to visit the War Memorial of Korea, National Memorial Board, DMZ, and Panmunjom and to participate in a Koran War commemoration ceremony. Through this visit, they saw the true development of Korea that they had fought hard to defend.

The sixteen grandchildren of Turkish Korean War veterans participated in Korean National Soccer Team supporting event at 4 a.m. on 24th at Jamsil Baseball Stadium.

On June 25th, the group attended the 56th Korean War commemoration ceremony in Jangchung Gymnasium at 11 a.m. and the Banquet for Korean War veterans at Lotte Hotel at 3 p.m.

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2006-06-29 오전 11:06:44
<![CDATA[A Presentation to Recruit Trainees for Veterans Vocational Education Program]]> * A way to provide SMEs with the work force and veterans with jobs

A presentation to recruit trainees for veterans vocational education program was co-hosted by Samsung Heavy Industries(SHI), the Korea Foundation of Small and Medium Business(KFSMB), and the Ministry at the Veterans Support Center, located at Seocho-gu. The Ministry explained that the purpose of the presentation was to fortify vocational assistance to veterans and to help them take a job.

It would be a good opportunity for veterans to have a job at the SHI and its partner companies because they would be given a preferential treatment when finishing the training course.

The recruit presentation for veterans with long-term service, five years and over, started with a SHI video PR which was followed by overall explanation about the vocational program, such as training process, qualification, and introduction of facilities. Finally, a Q&A session closed the event.

Job offer at the SHI and its 95 partner companies will be arranged for veterans who finish the two-to-three months training course.

The presentation was a follow-up event of a pact between the Ministry and the KFSMB to carry out joint projects to promote veteran employment and to ease work force shortage facing small and medium-sized enterprises(SMEs.)

The Ministry is also conducting a joint research on a SMEs-involved veteran vocational assistance program with the KFSMB to make this presentation a systematic joint project.

The Ministry expects that this cooperation scheme to contribute to the national economy by providing veterans with jobs, thereby stabilizing their livelihood, while SMEs utilizing talented veteran human resources.
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2006-06-15 오후 2:51:09
<![CDATA[2006 Patriots and Veterans' Month]]>
- Featured events for each period of June, `Memorial Period,` `Appreciation period,` and `Reconciliation and Unity Period`

- The 51 Memorial Day Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. June 6th

Every year in June, Patriots and Veterans` month the Korean government carries out various events to commemorate Memorial Day and June 25th, the day the Korean War broke out.

Start a `The Big Tree Movement for Love of Korea` badge wearing campaign

The aim of this campaign is to promote love for the nation and to create an environment in which national meritorious people are socially respected.

The foundation of Korea was laid by national patriots and veterans who sacrificed their lives to liberate Korea from Japanese colonial rule, to defend the nation during the Korean War, and to establish democracy.

The Big Tree Movement badge was first made in 2005, which marked 60th anniversary of liberation and the 55th year since the outbreak of the Korean War. The main purpose was to encourage people to participation in the campaign.

This year the ministry will carry out a `big tree` badge wearing campaign. For the campaign it will make 380,000 badges and distribute them to the president, high-ranking government officials, media companies, and social organizations.

In the case of the UK, people call Remembrance Day as Poppy Day because they wear a red man-made poppy to pay tribute to their fallen patriotic forefathers, who died for the country.

Under the slogan, `The Republic of Korea Keeps Growing Nurtured by Your Tender Love,` there is a need to draw people`s attention to `The Big Tree Movement for Love of Korea` to create a change in perception towards patriots and veterans.

The Republic of Korea Keeps Growing Nurtured by Your Tender Love

The Big Tree Movement for Love of Korea

The emblem of the Big Tree Movement for Love of Korea symbolizes the blossoming Republic of Korea nurtured by the tender loving care of the people with big heart. The yin and yang Taegeuk mark on the top stands for the sacrifices and contribution made by patriots and veterans who fought for the independence and freedom of the Republic. The three fruits below signify national prosperity today and tomorrow. The blue bird and new leaf stand for thriving freedom and hope for a brighter future.

The Big Tree Movement design was selected in a national competition for its excellent symbolism as mentioned above. It has been adopted as the official emblem of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of Korea. It is beyond question that the prosperous and democratic Korea of today would not have been possible without the sacrifices of those who gave their lives for the country. It is imperative that this noble cause should be highly valued and respected as the guiding spirit of national development by all generations to come. `The Big Tree Movement for Love of Korea` will ensure continuing progress of the Republic in the years to come.

Events on Patriots and Veterans` Month

The ministry divides June into `Memorial Period,` `Appreciation period,` and `Reconciliation and Unity Period` and carries out featured events for each period with participation of local governments, the media and religious communities, and the youth. Numerous events to encourage Armed Forces and appreciate their service will take place.

Since the first period, from June 1st to 10th includes Memorial Day, it is designated as `Memorial Period` to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day in a solemn and reverent way.

During `Appreciation period`, from June 11th to 20th, various events will be held to pay respect to patriotic martyrs and their sacrifices for and devotion to the nation.

 - The central and local governments will organize a number of appreciation and encouragement events for national patriots and veterans and their bereaved families. Comforts from the president will be sent to patients in veterans hospitals and consolatory visit will be paid to low-income veteran families.
 - A variety of awards ceremonies will be organized, such as government award for exemplary national patriots and veterans, veteran awards by local newspapers, and the official commendations by each minister.
 - Regional composition and speech contests on protection of the nation will be carried out to promote patriotism among the youth.
- Concerts, exhibitions, and other performances will be held across the nation to pay tribute to fallen loyal forefathers and transform it into festival.

The last ten days of June is named as `Reconciliation and Unity Period.` Various events will be conducted to prevent recurrence of national crisis by keeping the Korean War in mind.

 - The 56th anniversary of the Korean War commemoration ceremony will take place in Jangchoong Gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. June 25th.
 - As part of an invitation program, veterans from the Korean War participating nations and exemplary active Army officers with their spouse will be invited. Events will be held to uplift Armed Forces including special event to pay tribute to victims of the June 29 inter-Korean naval clash in the Yellow Sea.

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2006-06-09 오후 2:04:44
<![CDATA[Latest Wheelchairs to Be Presented to National Meritorious Persons with Restricted Mobility]]>
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister: Yu-chul Park) will present the newest wheelchairs to 369 independence movement activists and National Meritorious Persons(NMPs) with restricted mobility. The event will be held at Seoul Veterans Hospital (Dunchon-dong, Gangdong-gu, Seoul) on June 5th, participated by Prime Minister, Myoeng Sook Han, MPVA Minister, Yu-chul Park,and 370 or so heads of the Korea Disabled Veterans Organization and other veterans associations and family members of wheelchair recipients.

The wheelchair presenting project is to improve the quality of life by guaranteeing the right to mobility of NMPs whose mobility is restricted due to spinal cord injuries or other disabilities. The ministry procured 196 motorized wheelchairs and 173 manual wheelchairs (1 billion won in total) based on its survey to recipients on product preference.

The wheelchair presenting project funded by the national lottery fund started back in 2004, providing 1500 units (5 billion won) and 478 units (1.4 billion won) in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

As part of medical support for persons of distinguished services to the state, the ministry provided veterans hospitals with 44.1 billion won for MRI machine, bone densitometer, and other advanced medical equipments. Rehabilitation training facilities were built at four regional veterans hospitals for medical rehabilitation of veterans and policemen disabled in action or on duty. The ministry will provide 19.5 billion won for ultrasound diagnostic equipment and other latest medical equipments in 2006.

Prior to the wheelchair presenting event, Prime Minister, Myoeng Sook Han will visit Seoul Veterans Hospital to console national meritorious persons in hospital.


kimcheeho(International affairs)
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2006-06-07 오후 1:58:38
<![CDATA[Lee Jong Wook, Late Director General of the WHO , lay to rest at the National Cemetery ]]>
The decision is made based on the article 5 clause 1 item 1 of provision regarding establishment and management of the National Cemetery. Under the provision, people meeting the criteria set by Presidential Decree among those who considerably contributed to promoting national and social development can be buried at the National Cemetery.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-05-25 오후 3:36:11
<![CDATA[Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs Invite 70 U.S Korean War Veterans ]]> The Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-Chul) invited 70 people such as US War veterans and their family members as part of Revisit Korea Program for UN War Veterans to console and encourage them on the 19th (Fri).

The delegation who arrived here on the 15th paid their tribute to the National Cemetery on the 16th, traveled to War Memorial of Korea at 11 am, and visited Panmunjum, border crossing area and OP, and Korean War Veterans Memorial on the 17th, and War Memorial of Korea in Inchun on the 18th and departed on the 20th.

Revisit Korea Program for UN War Veterans annually implemented since 1975, the 25th anniversary of Korean War is designed to express gratitude and enhance friendly relations with participating countries and veterans under the UN flag. A total of 23,000 war veterans and their family members from 21 countries were invited to visit Korea as of last year. 600 people are expected to be invited throughout the five rounds of the occasion in 2006.

MPVA plans to significantly increase the number of invitees in 2007 taking their old age into account, and to expand scope of invitees to veterans’ children and grandchildren to promote bilateral ties continuously with participating countries at the private level.

1.94 million War veterans from 21 UN countries participated in the Korean War including 16 nations with combat support and 5 nations with medical support. Among them, 640,000 people are presumed to be alive.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-05-23 오후 1:53:49
<![CDATA[National Merit Reward Commission to be launched]]>
The National Merit Reward Commission aimed at deliberating and coordinating key veterans affairs policies was officially launched on May 10, 2006.

In accordance with the Basic Act on National Merit Reward that came into effect on December 1, 2005, the commission is presided by the Prime Minister and made up of 25 members. The members include 11 heads of central administrative agencies such as the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development and the Ministry of Defense and 13 experts in the fields of history, law, media, civil society etc.

The commission is in charge of establishing the Basic Plan for Patriots and Veterans Affairs, determining the range of merit reward recipients and compensation amount, and deciding who is entitled to be newly recognized as merit reward recipients.

And it is supported by the Executive Commissions on Compensation Policy and Commemoration Policy, affiliated organizations of the Commission. Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs heads these two commissions consisting of 8 high-ranking public officials and 10 private experts. The two executive commissions discuss different opinions and views of each relevant ministry and examine what the president of the National Merit Reward Commission instructs.

It is expected that several long-pending questions and policy tasks will be solved with the launch of the National Merit Reward Commission. For example, the issues of recognizing meritorious war veterans, patients suspected of suffering from the aftereffects of agent orange herbicide, and those who participated in democratic movements as national merit recipients will be discussed. And the measures to establish reasonable compensation system will be also deliberated by the commission.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-05-10 오후 6:22:55
<![CDATA[Open House Event on Children's Day]]>
Minister Park gave questions about independence patriots to children and presented gifts to those who got the right answers and took the pictures with participants.

The Open House Event began with taking a tour of the government office such as the Minister`s Office and the library. Recreation activity, a quiz game and watching flash animation of independence activists were followed and children visited the Kim Koo Museum & Library and cemeteries of patriots including Kim Koo at the Hyochang Park.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-05-09 오전 10:15:49
<![CDATA[Revised Act on Supporting Veterans to enter into force (May 1, 2006)]]>
*The main points of the law include
1) to form the Veterans Support Committee (chairman; Prime Minister, member; ministers of 12 relevant ministries and veterans` affairs experts) aimed at ensuring veterans` smooth transition to civilian life by providing various types of assistance at the governmental level.

2) to come up with a basis for offering vocational assistance to middle-term service veterans who serve 5 to 10 years given the fact that they are discharged at the age surpassing the limit for employment without proper preparation to find a job.
※Comprehensive job counseling, job placement and job training services are expected to be provided through the Veterans Support Center.

3) to provide the same educational and medical assistance with 20-year-veterans to those who serve 10 to 20 years considering the fact that they are not entitled to pension and lose the source of income at a time of discharge.

4) to allow long-term (10 years or more) service veterans to use public facilities such as the War Memorial, the Independence Hall and ancient palaces at a discounted rate to pay respect to them and increase their access to cultural facilities.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-05-01 오후 6:20:40
<![CDATA[Enhanced Home-Based Care Service for Aging National Merit Recipients]]>
This is a follow-up measure to last year`s pilot project, which deployed 5 social workers and 100 helpers at 5 Regional Offices to cope with aging problems of national meritorious persons. This project, providing nursing and housework service to aging national meritorious persons started last September and garnered good response, resulted in the expansion of the service nationwide.

Against this backdrop, the MPVA has decided to expand this service to 20 District Offices by placing 15 social workers and 250 helpers. As the Home-Based Care Service by MPVA is provided in full swing, the MPVA earmarked 5 billion KRW for the service to those who live in remote areas.

In addition, by conducting a survey on demand for medical and geriatric goods such as diaper, tube feeding and hearing aid, the MPVA is going to provide these goods to those who are eligible for the Home-Based Care Service.

In particular, around 100,000 people can be provided more upgraded service through a variety of welfare programs that include establishing convenient facilities at homes of 400 veterans with 1st or 2nd grade disability.

Along with this, the MPVA is now devising a comprehensive plan in an effort to conduct welfare business for national merits recipients in a more systematic manner and plans to announce this soon.

With this plan executed, more national meritorious persons are expected to enjoy further convenient and customized care at their own homes.

Plus, a total of 5 nursing facilities are scheduled to be built in major cities by 2010 to provide high-quality medical service to those who suffer dementia and need long-term medical treatment and guarantee more stable life for aged national merit recipients.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-04-12 오전 9:44:15
<![CDATA[Improvement of the system determining the degree of disability]]>
The physical examination, a main tool to determine the rate of compensation receives lots of public complaints and grievances.

In particular, the frequently suggested complaints include the fact that the exam takes such a long time (an average of 67 days) and the examination takes place in a poor environment.

In order to solve these problems, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs has formed the Task Force team consisting of 12 persons of medical specialists and public officials in charge of physical examination last November. This team has come up with a remedy to improve the physical examination through a number of meetings and workshops.

Four major tasks included in this measure are to reduce time to take the exam, to reform the composition of adjudicators, to improve the environment of examination places and to establish the efficient supporting system.

It is expected that this improvement would lead to increase in reliability and satisfaction of disability adjudication system.

The followings are the major details contained in the recent improvement measure.

* Reduction of time to take the physical examination
1) In the case of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery where 77% of exams take place, the number of times of the exam taken monthly goes up to 2 from 1.
2) The number of times of the exam for persons who newly takes the exam increases to more than 3 a month.
3) Time of the exam for those who requires thorough examination is alloted separately to guarantee quick determination.
Currently, MRI is conducted in order regardless of ordinary patients and physical exam takers.
After the exam, the adjudication process is carried out on paper to allow the applicants not to come to the hospital again.
As a result, more than 10 days can be reduced from current 67 days.

* Reform of the adjudicators composition and introduction of the system adjudicating temporary disability
1) After checking the total number of doctors at veterans hospitals, additional doctors will be assigned to departments taking more exams than other ones.
2) In the long term, the plan to secure doctors taking complete charge of the physical examination will be devised based on the consultation with the relevant governmental agencies.
3) The system to detemine temporary disability, which conducts the exam on a regular basis for those who suffer from progressive diseases will be introduced.

* Drastic improvement of environment where the physical examination takes place
1) The exclusive place for the physical exam will be built at the Seoul Veterans Hospital.
2) Other amenities will be also built to allow exam takers to get the exam in a more pleasant environment.

* Establishment of the efficient supporting system
1) With the acknowledgment that the physical examination plays a major role in determining customer satisfaction, capacity and interest will be concentrated on this. Customer satisfaction survey will be carried out.
2) Education program regarding the degree of disability will be developed and workshops will be held regularly to keep consistency of adjudication process.

Under the aim of enhancing the effectiveness of this system, the MPVA plans to conduct interim check on a regular basis.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-04-07 오후 3:16:46
<![CDATA[Ceremony to Honor Patriotic Martyrs Held in Russia]]>
With Won-chae Hwang, director of the Merits Deliberation Division at the MPVA present, the ceremony was attended by about 500 persons including Dae-wan Jeon, Consul General at Vladivostok, Koreans living in Russia and government officials of Ussuriisk city.

Followed by the ceremony, the international seminar designed to further understand the April Massacre and lay the foundation for friendship between Korea and Russia is scheduled to be held on the next day at the Ussuriisk Teachers` College.

At the seminar, several research papers will be presented and a subsequent discussion will come next. The papers include `Lives and Independence Movement of Korean Patriotic Martyrs who died in the April Massacre` by Byoung-rul Ban (professor at Hankook University of Foreign Studies) and `Movements of Korean militant groups after the April Massacre` by Sang-won Yoon who is the member of the committee aimed at investigating the pro-Japanese and anti-Korean activities.

The April Massacre was committed by the Japanese Army through arrest, arson and slaughter stationed in Russia in order to incapacitate Russian revolutionary forces and Korean independence activists from April 4, 1920 to April 7. At that time, about 300 Koreans were killed and 100 were arrested while Russia suffered more than 5,000 casualties.

Key figures who were killed include Jae-hyung Choi who took charge of finance of the Korean Provisional Government and was awarded the Independent Medal in 1962 and Yee-jik Kim who was granted the Independent Medal in 1977. Joo-pil Kim and Kyung-seob Hwang, who received the Independent Medal (1995) and the Patriotic Medal (2001) were also sacrificed during the April incident.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-04-04 오전 10:12:37
<![CDATA[Cyber Tour of Overseas Places of Independence Movements ]]>
This Cyber Tour featuring Cyber Memorial Hall, Traces of the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai, Songs of independence movement, Independence movement games and Field trip to historic places is expected to be greatly helpful to students with its abundant educational information.

A total number of 42 sites like mainland China, the major place of independence movement, the Provisional Government in Shanghai and the war monument in Chung-san ri are featured in this tour, which can be accessed at the web site(http://www.i815.or.kr/CT/pop.html)

As of now, the number of overseas independent movement relics discovered by the MPVA amounts to 669 and the ministry plans to produce cyber tour of sites in major countries such as the U.S., Russia and Japan.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-03-31 오후 6:03:53
<![CDATA[Memorial service for an independence activist, Joong-geun Ahn]]>
The ceremony was attended by about 300 persons including Yu-chul Park, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and the representative of the bereaved family members.

This year`s service held greater significance with the participation of 20 Japanese persons who have been conducting various projects to honor and respect Ahn`s ideology of peace. The Korean and Japanese sides had the goodwill meeting to exchange information about finding the remains of Ahn after the ceremony followed by the academic seminar on March 24 at Sejong University in Seoul.

Joong-geun Ahn, born in 1878, founded the schools and spearheaded the enlightenment movement during the Japanese colonial period. After Korea was forced to accept the Ulsa Treaty in 1905 by Japan, which took away the sovereignty of Korea, Ahn determined to devoted himself to regaining the independence from Japan. Since then, Ahn took the lead in carrying out military resistance activities against Japan.

In October, 1909, Ahn shot Hirobumi to death in Harbin, China and was arrested on the spot after shouting `Long live the independence of Korea!` three times. Ahn was transferred to the Japanese prison located in Yeo-soon, China and died in March 1910. However, the remains have been found nowhere, therefore the Korean government is making every effort to discover it and honor Ahn`s idea by having a working-level meeting with North Korea.

The Korean government has awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation (Republic of Korea Medal) to Ahn in 1962.

Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-03-28 오후 4:28:42
<![CDATA[Individual Interment at National Cemetery ]]> Starting in March 2006

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister; Yu-chul Park) announced that it would implement the Individual Interment System at the National Cemetery in Daejon from March 2006 in order to relieve inconvenience of surviving families.

In general, it takes about one month for remains to be buried since the interment application has been made under the current system of group interment. It allows family members to suffer inconvenience because it is difficult for them to bury within the traditional funeral service period and they have to visit the cemetery several times.

The new system is designed to mitigate family members` economic and time burden by conducting individual interment service 2 times on weekdays when no group interment ceremony is scheduled. And on weekdays and Saturday when group interment service is due, one individual interment service is carried out. Both group and individual services can be done at the same time at family members` request.

In addition, the ministry aims to develop travel packages that include sightseeing programs at near memorial facilities to lure tourists from home and abroad. And it also has plans to use the cemetery to achieve educational purposes by holding writing and speech contests.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-03-13 오후 5:42:58
<![CDATA[Flash Animation of Independence Patriots ]]>
Those who are featured in the animation include 35 famous patriots such as Koo Kim, Eun-shik Park, Joong-guen Ahn, Bong-gil Yoon and Chang-sook Kim, etc. This animation is especially targeted for teenagers to enable them to develop interest in independence movement and activists. The MPVA expects that the animation can instill patriotism in them.

The MPVA plans to explore more interesting subject matters designed to promote patriotism in the future such as war heroes.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-03-13 오전 11:28:20
<![CDATA[Court's ruling on advantage points awarded to meritorious persons]]> In Korea, preference points are given to national meritorious persons and their family members when they take examinations for public employees and teachers. An extra 10-percentage points are added to their test scores.

O Recent ruling of the Constitutional Court
A group of applicants for a teacher test filed a lawsuit against the Education Ministry claiming that awarding additional points to men of merits and their family members violates the constitutional rights for equality. Seven of the court`s nine judges ruled that this system is against the law. This is an overruling of the court`s decision in 2001 when the court rejected the claim that advantages given to meritorious persons and their family runs counter to the spirit of the Constitution.

The court stated that there are no constitutional grounds to provide employment benefits to them and it infringes the principle of equality.

Lawmakers should devise a new legal framework by June 30, 2007 when the existing law will become null and void. Several measures such as lowering the points given to men of merits and their family members or adjusting the range of beneficiaries should be come up with by the government.

O Future measures
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs plans to enact the relevant law that reflects the court`s ruling after collecting broad public opinion. Along with this, the ministry aims to come up with complementary measures to provide other support rather than additional points to national meritorious persons and their family members.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-03-07 오후 4:09:09
<![CDATA[Ceremony marking 87th anniversary of 2.8 Independence Declaration held ]]>
The commemoration ceremony to mark the 87th anniversary of the Feb. 8th Tokyo Independence Declaration was held on February 8, Wednesday in Tokyo by the Korean YMCA in Japan (President; Jong-sun Lee). The declaration was issued by Korean students in Japan back in 1919 aimed at reclaiming sovereignty from the Japanese colonial rule and served as a catalyst to the subsequent March 1st Independence Movement.

Jung-bok Kim, Vice Minister of MPVA joined with about 250 participants in the ceremony as a representative of the Korean government. The participants include Kook-joo Kim, president of the Korea Liberation Association (KLA), Jong-il Rah, the Korean ambassador to Japan, members of the KLA and Korean residents living in Japan.

On Monday (Feb. 6) this week, Vice Minister Kim invited and encouraged the descendents of independence movement activists who played a leading role in the Tokyo Independence Declaration such as Pal-yong Choi, Sang-duk Kim and Do-yeon Kim at Miyako hotel in Tokyo.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-02-08 오전 10:04:21
<![CDATA[Easier access to commissioned treatment]]> Enhanced proximity service to be provided to National Meritorious Persons

From the year 2006, the commissioned treatment system for National Meritorious Persons shifts to the user-centric system.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs decided to improve proximity medical service by increasing the number of commissioned primary health service providers to allow National Meritorious Persons to use hospitals near their home. This decision came out of the understanding that a majority of those who use commissioned hospitals is old and suffering from minor chronic diseases.

This measure is taken based on the research about how to effectively operate commissioned hospitals. First, the MPVA designated 24 primary health service providers in Seoul instead of the existing 4 general hospitals and started operating those from January 1, 2006.

With this measure, it is expected that National Meritorious Persons can ease inconvenience of using distant hospitals and backlogged patients with minor chronic diseases can be sent to commissioned hospitals, which would result in enhanced satisfaction for National Meritorious Persons.

If this system produces satisfactory results, the MPVA plans to expand it nationwide to set up medical service system for National Meritorious Persons with primary treatment at commissioned hospitals, secondary treatment at 5 merit reward hospitals and tertiary treatment at the Central merit reward hospital (construction complete in 2009).

Currently, the MPVA operates the commissioned treatment system for National Meritorious Persons by designating 5 merit reward hospitals nationwide and 170 clinics in cities and counties for those who live far from hospitals. In Seoul, there are 4 general hospitals commissioned by the MPVA considering heavy loads of patients at the Seoul merit reward hospital.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-01-18 오후 1:43:57
<![CDATA[The Revised bill on Supporting Veterans]]> This revision was resulted from the understanding that supporting veterans is of significance and utilizing veterans as capable human resources leads to the national development.

* Establishing the Veterans Support Committee
The current Council for Supporting Veterans (chairman; Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs) is elevated to the Veterans Support Committee. This committee consisting of ministers of relevant ministries and various experts is presided over by the Prime Minister

* Expanding beneficiaries entitled to support for stability of living
With this revised bill passed, not only veterans with more than 20-year-service but also those with more than 10-year-service can receive educational benefits for children, medical support and housing assistance. Children are offered tuition fee of high school and 50% discount is provided to veterans when they use Merit Reward hospitals. And as for housing assistance, consultation with the Ministry of Construction and Transportation is underway to give veterans preference in case of pre-sell.
Currently, veterans who served 10 to 20 years are forcibly discharged (about 1,000 veterans a year) because of the military structure. In particular, at a time of discharge, most veterans are in their early and mid forties when expenditure for housing and children education is higher than any other time. Therefore, measures to ensure stability of living of these veterans are needed to be taken.

* Extending vocational assistance to middle-term service veterans
Middle-term service veterans include those who served more than 5 years to less than 10 years discharged as officer, warrant officer and non commissioned officer and they are given vocational training and assistance. In general, a majority of them are discharged against their will due to the specific military structure.
Through the Veterans Support Center, various vocational support is expected to be provided such as job counseling, job placement, job training and online education. By making the most of online education, veterans can have opportunity to earn certificates of qualification.



Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-01-17 오전 10:52:33
<![CDATA[MPVA's Major Tasks for 2006]]> * Increase the amount of pension and allowance and introduce the fostering allowance for children under age (when 2006 budget confirmed)
-Basic pension; KRW 708,000 --> 744,000 (5%)
-Additional pension; KRW 13,000~2.39 million -> 14,000~2.629 million (7.0%)
-Nursing allowance; KRW 486,000~1.641 million -> 523,000~1.723 million (5.0~7.6%)
-Orange Agent allowance; KRW 244,000~486,000 -> 261,000~530,000 (7.0~91.%)
-Military Merit allowance; KRW 100,000 -> 110,000 (10%)
-6.25 Children allowance; KRW 340,000~360,000 -> 375,000~420,000 (10.3~16.7%)
-Veterans Honorary allowance; KRW 60,000 ->70,000 (16.7%)
-Income Supplement allowance; KRW 80,000~90,000 -> 86,000~96,000 (6.7~7.5%)


@ Establish the Basic Plan for the Development of Veterans Affairs
* National Veterans Committee: Prime Minister (chairperson), Ministers (11), private members (13)
* Main job: Deliberate major veterans affairs policies
* Devise the Basic Plan for the Development of Veterans Affairs and announce it in June, 2006

@ Foster the Independence Hall to instill patriotism
* Create the exhibition space based on the exhibition master plan
* Transform various memorial facilities and National Cemeteries into a place where people enjoy visiting
* Encourage participation of overseas Koreans in managing independence movement relics aborad
* Develop the National Cemetery in Daejon into a future-oriented memorial place

@ Carry out the joint project with North Korea
* Information exchange, joint investigation, joint finding and bringing it back home (4 phase)
-Hold forums and symposiums designed to find out remains of patriotic martyr Ahn Joong-geun and study his career
-Publish book on Ahn, restore Ahn`s birthplace, build monuments and present commemorative performances

@ Expand medical and welfare service to the elderly and the physically challenged
* Expand the veteran`s helper system nationwide
-Number of helpers: 100(`05)->250(`06)
Number of social workers: 5(`05)->15(`06)
-Medical goods are offered to beneficiaries of home nursing service (free of charge)
* Build nursing homes and sanatoria for those who have no one to take care of them
-Entrust public and private medical facilities with a task to look after the elderly without dependent suffering from serious diseases
-Seek to build nursing homes for the elderly in preparation for aging society

@ Improve service quality of Merit Reward hospitals
* Construction work on the Central Merit Reward Hospital will begin in 2006 (Total budget; KRW 176.4 billion)
-Patient-friendly hospital
-Introduce high-tech medical equipment and replace antiquated one
* Increase the number of commissioned hospitals
-170 (`05)->190 (`06)
* Reduce and exempt medical expenses of local clinics

@ Support veterans at a pan-governmental level
* Formulate the basic plan to support veterans in the mid and long term and carry this out year by year
-Hold the Veterans Support Committee in the first half of this year and examine tasks facing each ministry
* Support veterans to develop vocational ability, start business and land jobs
-Ensure a smooth transition for veterans from active military service to civilian life through the Veterans Support Center
-Open a website aimed at supporting veterans (www.vnet.go.kr)

@ Promote honor of veterans
* Build environment-friendly National War Veterans Cemeteries for meritorious veterans and veterans in metropolitan and southern areas
- Enhance the national image by expanding the Revisit Korea program that invites Korean War veterans from foreign countries
-`06 830 persons, KRW 910 million (`05 560 persons, KRW 607 million)
* Speed up efforts to take reforms of various veterans associations including the Korean Veterans Association


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-01-06 오후 5:26:14
<![CDATA[MPVA's Top Ten News for 2005]]>

1. Transfer of Control of Independence Hall to MPVA

In May, 2005, control of the Independence Hall was transferred to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs laying the foundation for systematic management of independence movement relics. The MPVA aimed to develop the Independence Hall into a central place that promotes patriotism and enhances the national spirit. In addition, it drew up plans to make the best use of the Independence Hall to allow the general public to experience history. To this end, the MPVA plans to invest a total of KRW 44.7 billion over the next 4 years beginning 2006.

2. Enactment of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward

The Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward, which passed the National Assembly in May 2005 came into effect on December 1, 2005. The enactment of this law is expected to bring a turning point in 40-year-history of veterans affairs with the institutional framework allowing policies to be carried out in a more effective manner. On top of this, the establishment of the National Veterans Committee presided by the Prime Minister will lead to effective execution of various veterans affairs policies. The new law consists of 4 chapters and 30 clauses.

3. Establishment & Expansion of Standard to Reward Independence Patriots

In 2005, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the national liberation, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs awarded medals to a total of 569 patriotic martyrs and independence movement activists. Especially, a number of socialist patriots those who have been excluded were decorated, which demonstrate the Korean government`s will to open an era of peace and prosperity. What`s more, for the first time since the national foundation, the number of time giving awards was increased to 3 from 1 in a year.

4. Formulation of Comprehensive Welfare Plan for Aged Veterans

The Comprehensive Welfare Plan for Aged Veterans was devised in June 2005, in an attempt to offer help to those who are suffering from various geriatric diseases but have no one to take care of them. The MPVA worked out this plan based on the understanding that the proportion of those over 65 is ever increasing to account for 24% out of total veterans beneficiaries and more and more national meritorious persons are suffering from geriatric diseases.
Specific details include expanding medical facilities and providing tailored service meeting the needs of beneficiaries.

5. Introduction of Supportive Measures for Veterans at a Pan-Governmental Level

On December 8, 2005, the revised bill on Supporting Veterans passed the National Policy Committee. This revision will lead to effective use of veterans as human resources and successful implementation of the national policy helping veterans return to society in preparation for a changing defense environment. With this bill, those who served in the military for 5 to 10 years can receive comprehensive career counseling, job replacement service and relevant training from the Veterans Support Center.

6. Transfer of Control of Various Memorial Facilities

With the passage of the Act on Establishment and Operation of National Cemetery in June, 2005, control of the National Cemetery in Daejon was also transferred to the MPVA. Plus, the MPVA is going to be in charge of 4.19 Cemetery, 3.15 Cemetery, 5.18 Cemetery and National War Veterans Cemetery in Yeongcheon and Imsil, which is expected to be resulted in effective management of key memorial facilities.

7. Founding of Plan to Vitalize Memorial Facilities

In August, 2005, the MPVA released the Comprehensive Plan to Vitalize Memorial Facilities home and abroad including Hyo-chang Park located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. From 2006 to 2009, KRW 74.6 billion is going to invested to create the Hyo-chang Park as the representative memorial park that harbors national spirit. In addition, based on this plan, independent movement relics overseas are expected to be managed in a more systematic way. Currently, there are a total of 2,149 memorial facilities home and abroad.

8. Joint Undertaking of Veterans Affairs Project with North Korea

On September 7, 2005, South and North Korea agreed to find the remains of patriotic martyr Ahn Joong-guen and bring this back home. It holds significant meaning in that it was the first time the two Koreas came to an agreement to cooperate in the veterans affairs fields. In September, 2005, delegations of the South and the North met each other and exchanged a statement on this issue. It is supposed that Ahn`s remains are buried near the prison in China where he died.

9. Launch of Various Campaigns to Promote Patriotism

In June of 2005, the MPVA undertook the campaign, `Wearing tree-shaped badge to foster patriotism` in order to create a climate in which National Meritorious Persons are widely respected and the general public can cultivate patriotism. A total of 200,000 badges were distributed not only to the president but also to key government officials, media companies and various social institutions. The MPVA plans to expand this campaign to the point that the entire nation wears the badge in 2006.

10. Innovation of Civil Affairs Administration

In order to provide future-oriented and customer-friendly service, the MPVA introduced several new systems including mobile service team, one-call veterans center, veterans support center and veterans` helper system. And overall customer satisfaction index scored 78.2 easily exceeding the target score of 75, which indicates that the quality of civil application processing is greatly improved.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2006-01-05 오후 6:03:49
<![CDATA[Revised bill on Supporting Veterans passed the National Policy Committee]]> *Veterans Support Committee takes supportive measures for veterans
*Employment and business startup support given to mid-term service veterans
*Educational, medical and housing support extended to those who serve more than 10 years

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park, Yu-chul) presented the revised bill on Supporting Veterans to the Legislation and Judiciary Committee that was passed the National Policy Committee on November 30, 2005. This bill is expected to take effect on May next year. This revision will lead to effective use of veterans as human resources and successful implementation of the national policy helping veterans return to society in preparation for a changing defense environment.

Specifics of the revision are as follows:
1) Providing help to veterans successfully come back to society through the establishment of the Veterans Support Committee. The Committee presided over by the Prime Minister is composed of relevant Ministers and experts in various areas. Particular measures include supporting those who try to find jobs and start new businesses.

2) Creating the basis for supporting employment and business startup especially for those who served in the military for 5 to 10 years. It is because they are discharged without any preparations for reemployment. For example, their age at a time of discharge usually exceeds the maximum age for recruitment. It is estimated that a total of 4,000 soldiers are discharged from military service annually.
*Comprehensive career counseling, job replacement service and relevant training are provided by the Veterans Support Center.

3) Offering educational, medical and housing support to those who served in the military for 10 to 20 years because they are not entitled to a pension and lose income sources or means of livelihood followed by compulsory discharge. Therefore, they will receive same support given to those whose military serving periods are over 20 years.
*Children of veterans in need are subsidized with a high school tuition fee grant and can use veterans hospitals at a 50% discount rate.

With the revision of the Act on Supporting Veterans, the policy of supporting veterans has become one of the basic policies of the Korean government. And effective utilization of veterans` expertise and skill is expected to enhance national competitiveness.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-12-12 오후 7:04:21
<![CDATA[Ceremony to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Patriotic Martyrs Day is to be held in Hawaii]]> - 500 people including descendents of patriotic martyrs and Koreans living in Hawaii are to attend

On the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Patriotic Martyrs Day, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) plans to hold the commemorative ceremony home and abroad. The overseas ceremony will take place at 18 pm (local time), Thursday November 17, at Ala Moana hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

As part of the commemorative project to mark the 60th anniversary of the national liberation, this ceremony is designed to be held in Hawaii, the central stage for the Korean independence movements in the Americas . With the presence of Kim Jung-bok, Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, a total of 500 people including Hwang Eui-sun, vice president of the Korean Liberation Association, Kang Dae-hyun, consul general of Korea in Hawaii, descendents of patriotic martyrs and Koreans living in Hawaii will attend the ceremony.

The ceremony will begin with history report by vice president Hwang and welcoming remarks by consul general Kang. And remarks by the representative of Koreans living in Hawaii and by the government representative will be followed. Park Sun-young, the first daughter of the late Park Sang-ha and the grand daughter of the late Lee Tae-sung will be awarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation (Patriotic medal) and President`s Commendation respectively.

The Korean government delegation headed by Vice Minister Kim is scheduled to host a dinner party for descendents of patriotic martyrs residing in Hawaii at 18 pm on November 16th. And on November 17th, they plan to visit and lay wreath at the monument to the memory of unknown patriotic martyrs.

Thirty descendents of patriotic martyrs such as Jackie Young, the grand daughter of the late Cho Byoung-yo will be present at the dinner party.

A total of 102 Koreans moved to Hawaii to cultivate sugar cane in 1903 and currently, about 35,000 Koreans are now living there. Under the Japanese colonial rule, Hawaii was the main place where a number of independence fighters such as Rhee Seung-man and Park Yong-man carried on independence movements. In addition, a large part of independence fund to help activities of the Provisional Korean Government in Shanghai and the Independence Army was offered by Hawaii.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-11-16 오후 10:48:25
<![CDATA[190 patriotic martyrs are rewarded the Order of Merit for National Foundation ]]> - A total of 569 patriots rewarded on the 60th anniversary of the Liberation
More than 10,000 people received the order so far


On Thursday, November 17, on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Patriotic Martyrs Day, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) plans to decorate 190 patriotic martyrs and independence fighters. Those 190 people include 103 members of the independent militia and those who participated in the 1919 Independence Movement.

The decorations include 113 Orders of Merit for National Foundation (105 Patriotic Medals and 8 National Medals), 13 National Foundation Medals and 64 President`s Commendation. There is one woman among the recipients and no one is alive.

The team of research specialists in charge of finding and analyzing historical records confirmed the names of all patriots one by on by collecting the relevant data scattered to the `National Archives & Record Service`. By doing so, this team was able to find out forgotten patriotic martyrs.

The medals will be awarded on November 17 at the ceremony commemorating the Patriotic Martyrs Day held at the Kimkoo Museum & Library and several ceremonies hosted by the municipalities. People living overseas can receive the medals through the Korean embassies. In particular, MPVA will host the ceremony and award the medals, which is the first attempt at the governmental level, in Hawaii the central stage for the anti-Japanese and Independence movement in the American continents.

Medal awarding on the Patriotic Martyrs Day first began this year on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the National Liberation. This year, a total of 569 patriots -165 on March 1 (the independence movement day) and 214 on August 15 (the independence day) - were awarded medals, which brought the total number of medal-given independence fighters to 10,098.

In particular, it turned out that many independent militia members died after the troops were dissolved in 1907. Out of 103 independent militia members awarded medals this year, 89 died in 1908.

The Ministry will be committed to giving medals to more patriots by reinforcing cooperation with institutions that possess relevant independence-related materials such as the `National Institute of Korean History` and the `National Archives & Record Service`, discovering and analyzing these materials, and conducting comprehensive field surveys. This job will be led by the team of research specialists.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-11-09 오후 8:39:33
<![CDATA[The Ministry invites the recipient of the US Medal of Honor]]> * Scheduled to visit memorial facilities and cultural heritages

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park Yu-chul) invites six people from the US including a recipient of the Medal of Honor, the highest military award given by the US government, Thomas J. Hudner, two Korean War Veterans and three family members of them from November 8 to November 13.

The Ministry has been inviting those who are awarded the Medal of Honor by participating in the Korean War since 2004 when 7 people were invited. The purpose is to express the gratitude to veterans who sacrificed themselves to defend freedom and democracy of Korea, to allow them to take pride in participating in the Korean War by showing progresses made in Korea, and to strengthen the Korean-US alliance.

Vice Minister Kim Jung-bok is scheduled to invite those six people and host a dinner party at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 11 as a token of gratitude to them.

Six people to be invited include Thomas J. Hudner who won the Medal of Honor with his distinguished contribution at the Chosin Reservoir battle, two US Korean War Veterans and family members of them.

All of the six are planned to arrive Seoul at 5pm, on November 8 and leave for the US on November 13. The itinerary includes visiting the memorial facilities such as the National Cemetery and the War Museum on November 9, Panmoonjum and the Korean War monument to the US forces on November 10, the memorial hall of Incheon-landing operation, and Korean cultural heritages on November 12. They are also scheduled to attend the ceremony celebrating the foundation of the US Marine Corps on November 12.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military award given by the US government in the name of US Congress and in total, only 3,441 people received after the foundation of the US. Out of them, currently 119 people are alive.


Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-11-07 오전 9:31:11
<![CDATA[Minister Park invites delegation of Kanazawa city]]>
- Delegation includes Kanazawa city mayor
- Kanazawa city contributes to maintain historic relics of Korean independence movements

On October 18, Park Yu-chul, the Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs invited Yamate Tamotsu, the mayor of Kanazawa city of Japan and the chairman of Yasaki city council.

This invitation was designed to express the gratitude and reinforce cooperation with Kanazawa city, which had spared no effort to preserve and maintain historic relics of Korean independence movements, especially those of a patriotic martyr Yoon Bong-gil in Japan. Since 1992 when it provided the site for establishing a monument of Yoon for free on a permanent basis, the city of Kanazawa has offered the site for the monument, portion of expenses and young plants of roses of Sharon.

Minister Park conveyed his appreciation to the delegation for their support and asked their close cooperation to confirm the place where martyr Yoon died.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-10-25 오후 5:01:14
<![CDATA[MPVA invites 40 bereaved family members of the UN Allied Forces of the Korean War]]> *Opportunity to lay wreath and worship the cemetery in 55 years
*Scheduled to attend UN Day ceremony and visit various cultural and historical sites

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Park, Yu-chul) will host an event by inviting 40 bereaved family members of the United Nations Allied Forces of the Korean War who are laid to rest at the UN Cemetery in Busan.

Out of 2,300 persons from 11 countries who are buried at the UN Cemetery in Busan, a total of 40 family members from 7 countries such as England, Turkey and New Zealand who are recommended by each country`s war veterans associations are invited. The event is planned to pay tribute to distinguished services of the war deads and console and encourage their bereaved families.

On Friday, October 21, Minister Park will host a welcome dinner for bereaved families at Renaissance Hotel (Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu) at 18:30 and console them for deaths of their beloved family members, such as husband, father or brother.

The group of bereaved families scheduled to arrive at Seoul on October 20th will visit the National Cemetery on 21th at 09:30 AM and several sites of historical interest including the War Memorial of Korea. After that, they will go to Panmunjeom on 22nd. In addition, by visiting industrial facilities and cultural heritages, they will have a chance to witness remarkable development of every aspects and progresses made in Korea. Before going back to their own countries on October 25th, they will attend the UN Day ceremony in Busan on 24th.

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. Until last year, a total of 79 bereaved family members from 8 countries have been invited.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-10-13 오후 6:01:39
<![CDATA[First Survey of Independence Movement Sites in South Asia since the Liberation]]> - The survey to be conducted from end-September by experts and professors

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yu-chul Park) announced that it would embark on conducting on-site survey on historic relics of the Korean independence movements in Southeast Asian region on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the National Liberation.

For the survey, three groups that include professors in related fields will be composed of by area.

The prime objective of the investigation is examining past and current situations of historic relics of independence movements, which can be realized through on-site research. The relics include places where independence fighters such as Chang-ho Ahn, Myung-ha Cho and Chae-ho Shin were engaged in independence movements, the battlefield of the Liberation Army and the Philippine branch of the Korean National Association.

The Ministry plans to have each group make pamphlets about research results, and put them on MPVA web site and distribute to schools for publicity. By doing so, it expects to give Koreans at home and abroad an opportunity to learn the Korean history of the independence movements and take greater pride in being a Korean.



Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
Kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-10-04 오전 10:48:33
<![CDATA[Medical service campaign in Korean War participated countries]]> * 3,000 war veterans, families and local people benefit from the campaign in Bungalow, India

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (Minister Yu-Chul Park, MPVA) carries out Chinese medical service campaign from September 3 to 11 in India, one of the countries participating in the Korean War by sending 10 oriental medical doctors. This campaign is co-organized with the Korean Oriental Medical Service Team Abroad (president Ho-Soon Kim, KOMSTA) as part of the commemorative project to remember the Korean War through providing medical service to war veterans, bereaved families and the local people.

The Ministry along with KOMSTA has been carrying out the campaign since 2001 in an attempt to enhance pride of war veterans and promote cooperation and exchanges with war participating countries. Among others, especially people in countries with poor medical conditions have been benefiting from the campaign.

This time, a group of 10 oriental medical doctors headed by Seon-Doo Jin offers medical service including acupuncture, cupping glass, moxa treatment and herb remedies to a total of 3,000 war veterans, families of them, the local people and Korean residents in Bungalow.

In addition, they will give remembrances to convey the message that Korea is able to enjoy freedom and prosperity owing to sacrifice and dedication of Indian war veterans who defended Korea. Plus, photo sessions and tea parties for war veterans are scheduled to take place to heighten their pride and honor.

During the Korean War, India practiced humanitarianism by dispatching 627 medical staff to Korea. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1973, Korea and India have continuously engaged in active exchanges and been developing the relations. The medical service campaign can serve as an opportunity for Korea to practice humanitarianism, promote good images and raise its status in the international community.

Through medical work in Mumbai, India in 2003 and exchanges with the Ayurveda hospital, trust and friendship were reinforced. And medical service campaign of 2005 is carried out at the request of Korean residents living in Bungalow.

KOMSTA is founded in December 1998 to practice humanitarianism by conducting oriental medical relief campaign and promote globalization of oriental medicine and national status. Currently, about 700 members are engaging in various campaigns in 20 countries such as Ethiopia and Turkey. And it received the presidential citation for medical volunteer work in tsunami-affected area this year.

Since 2001, the Ministry has supported medical campaigns 7 times for 17,400 people in the Korean War participated countries including Ethiopia, Turkey, India and the Philippines.



Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com

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2005-09-05 오후 4:46:26
<![CDATA[Independence movement fighters participate in event to commemorate victory of anti-Japanese war ]]> * 7 independence fighters including president of Korea Liberation Association attend


Seven independence movement fighters including current president of the Korea Liberation Association Kook-joo Kim and former ones and Yoo-kil Kim, president of the Korea Liberation Army participate in the commemoration event marking the 60th anniversary of the victory of anti-Japanese war and the world’s anti-Fascism war. This event hosted by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China is scheduled to be held in Beijing on September 3.

The event’s characteristic is similar to that of the event held in Russia on May 9th to mark the 60th anniversary of Russia’s victory in the war. Head of states from several countries were invited to the Russian event, but this time the Chinese government invited “Kukje Wooin”, which means war comrades.
According to the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) on 31, this event is hosted by the State Council and the People’s Overseas Friendship Association took the charge of invitation. The Chinese government informed MPVA of the purpose of the event in mid-August and asked to invite Korean independence fighters.

Several high-ranking officials from the Chinese government including President Hu Jintao and more than 10,000 people including 170 war comrades invited from 17 countries such as Korea and the U.S. are expected to attend this event. In particular, the seat of president Kim, one of the Korean delegates is arranged close to those of the Chinese state leaders and Woo-jeon Kim, former president of the Korea Liberation Association plans to lay wreath at monuments of people’s heroes, which paves the way for strengthening diplomacy in terms of patriots and veterans affairs at the civil level.

Korean delegates plan to emphasize that China is home to many Korean independence movement sites including the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai when they have a chance to meet President Hu Jintao. They also plan to stress the need of accelerating diplomacy in patriots and veterans areas between China and Korea. Korean delegates left for China on August 31.

Earlier the departure, Boh-kang Seo, the China Daily correspondent in Seoul interviewed the president Kim, the head of the Korean delegates regarding participation in this event on August 29.



Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-09-05 오전 11:42:59
<![CDATA[Overseas Meriterious Persons of Korean Liberation and Their Bereaved Families to Visit Motherland]]>
Throughout the event, recognized contributors to independence and their bereaved families will participate in the commemoration ceremony for Liberation, visit historic independence relics and industrial sites and experience the Korean traditional culture, which will promote their pride in their motherland. Also, the event is expected to contribute to succeeding the noble, patriotic spirit of the people who died for the nation and raise patriotism that unifies Korean people.

The MPVA basically chose the independent activists who had not been to Korea before among the recommended by embassies and consulates general in foreign countries.

The invitees will arrive at the Inchoen Airport in the afternoon of August 14th, and start the next day by attending the ceremony of the Liberation Day. In the afternoon of the same day, they will visit the Independence Park and a history museum in Seodaemoon, and attend a welcoming dinner hosted by Park Yu Chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. After looking around some historic relics and industrial sites between August 16 and 18, they will leave Korea on August 20.

The MPVA will continue to hold the event to invite the bereaved families of meriterious people for the national independence living in foreign countries, in order to strengthen the policy for patriots and veterans and improve the spirit of patriotism.



Kim, cheeho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-08-12 오후 7:25:42
<![CDATA[Site Survey on Historic Relics of Independence Activities to be Conducted]]>
For survey, seven groups will be composed of professors and experts in related fields, employees from Korea National Tourism Organization, and professional photographers. Three groups will be sent to China - Southern China, Northwest China and Manchuria – where relatively numerous historic relics exist, and the rest four groups will do research in Russia, the US, Japan and Europe, respectively. Study on the historic relics in the Southeast Asia region including Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia is also scheduled for October this year.

By carrying out survey on historic sites overseas, the MPVA plans to come up with some measures to maintain them efficiently. For instance, it will set up a joint management committee that consists of ethnic leaders of overseas Koreans and CEOs of local Korean companies, and provide funds to the committee to well maintain historic buildings that need restoration or recognition. Furthermore, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Korea National Tourism Organization, it will develop tour products that guide Korean tourists to major historic sites such as the Korean Provisional Government building as well as tour attractions. As such, the Ministry has a plan to use important historic relics in order to give Koreans at home and abroad an opportunity to experience the Korean history of the independence movements and take greater pride in being a Korean.

After the research trip, the Ministry will have each group make pamphlets and put them on the web site of the MPVA for publicity. It will also make an online program through which people can experience the overseas historic relics of the independence activities.

The MPVA acquired the sole authority to manage the Independence Hall of Korea on May 18, 2005, which laid the foundation of systematic maintenance of historic relics. Before the authority transfer, several ministries such as the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade had managed overseas relics of independence movements separately but duplicatively.



Kim chee-ho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-08-03 오후 4:20:14
<![CDATA[Minister Park to Visit the USA to Korean War Commemoration Events]]>
During his visit to the US from July 24 to 31, Minister Park will pay tribute to the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC; attend the ceremony of the `52nd Anniversary of the Signing of the Korean War Armistice`; and participate in an event for the Korean War veterans reunion, which will strengthen Korea-US alliance. Also, he will meet Secretary R. Jim Nicholson of Veterans Affairs to discuss plans to cooperate in the veterans affairs.

At the event for the Korean War Veterans, Korean War veterans of Korea and the US will declare a resolution. The resolution calls for maximum efforts of the two governments to make stronger alliance, on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of Korean War Outbreak, and it supports the agreement between presidents of Korea and the US on July 11 on a peaceful solution to the North Korea nuclear issue and the policy for a nuclear free Korean peninsula.

In addition, Minister Park will visit Los Angeles and Hawaii in order to survey the preservation state of historic sites of independence activities. He will survey the areas prior to implementing suggestions that came out by local Korean compatriots during President Roh Mu Hyun`s short visit on the way to South America last year. He will also host a meeting on measures to preserve historic sites, joined by consuls general of respective cities and Korean ethnic leaders.



Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-07-25 오후 3:15:44
<![CDATA[Project to be Launched to Find the Bereaved Families of the National Liberation Activists]]>
Under the subtitle"You, too, can be the descendant of persons of merit for national liberation activities", the project is hosted by the MPVA, the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) and the Donga Ilbo (daily). In order to boost participation in the project, the MPVA has released the list of persons of merit for national liberation activities through the pop-up of its web site (www.mpva.go.kr) since June 1, and the MOGAHA (www.mogaha.go.kr) and Donga Ilbo (www.donga.com) will also post the list on their web sites soon.

The MPVA will verify bereaved families with personal information, family registers, family tree books and liberation activity records of persons of distinguished services to independence being made public. Once they are proved to be the bereaved families, the MPVA will send them the orders of merit for national foundation awarded to the persons of merit for national liberation activities.

In addition, those who are confirmed as direct descendants or grandchildren of persons of merit for national liberation activities will be registered in the bereaved family list and receive a variety national merit rewards, pursuant to the Act on the Honorable Treatment of Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence.

Currently, the MPVA is planning to establish an exhibition hall to display the orders of merit that have yet to be sent to bereaved families. Meanwhile, it also plans to publish a book that records remarkable services of people who devoted themselves to the national liberation but are not rewarded yet.


Kim, Chee-ho(International affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com


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2005-06-28 오전 10:01:36
<![CDATA[Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward Passes]]>
ㅇ The National Merit Reward Commission will be organized to formulate National Merit Reward Policies.
ㅇ The Law focuses on honoring the noble spirit of National Meritorious Persons as well as providing benefits for their contributions.

The Bill concerning the Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward, a comprehensive legislation on National Merit Reward system has been passed in the 253th plenary session of the National Assembly held on 3rd May, 2005.

The passage of the bill marks a significant milestone in 45 year MPVA history by paving the way for more effective implementation of MPVA policies.

It is all the more significant that the bill was passed one month before June, the Month of Merit Rewards in the year that marks the 60th Anniversary of National Liberation and the 55th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

Thus far, the MPVA has had to enact legislations on individual recipients of National Merit Reward as social and political situations changed and different classes of people were included as the Recipients of National Merit Reward.

The previous policy caused confusion regarding the ideas and principles of the National Merit Reward, and was criticized for having an inefficient implementation system. Moreover, the law put priority on assisting and managing the benefit recipients, as some worried, overshadowed the importance of educating the next generation and making sure they understand the lofty sacrifices and contributions people had made.

In order to resolve these dilemmas, the MPVA set up an advisory board in 2003 consisting of experts from various fields, and held a host of hearings and workshops in cooperation with the private sector to prepare for the Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward.

The Bill passed consists of 4 chapters and 30 articles, and include these main points;

O The purpose of this law is to honor the noble spirit of those who had made distinguished service and contribution to the state with the ultimate goal of national solidarity and development.

O Eligible recipients of the National Merit Reward include those who have made distinguished services to national independence, the safeguard of national security, democratic development, and the protection of the people`s life and property.

O The law specifies the basic principles of the compensation for the recipients to provide honorable treatment and assistance deserved of those who had made sacrifices and contributions.

O The law provides an institutional framework for systemic implementation of MPVA policies.

-It stipulates that the MPVA should establish basic policies for the development of merit reward system with the cooperation of related ministries and deliberation of the National Merit Reward Commission. And the heads of related ministries shall establish and implement concrete plans for the policies.

-It also specifies that the MPVA should set up the National Merit Reward Commission participated both by the public and the private sectors with Prime Minister in chair. And the Commission shall conduct review and provide advice on major national merit reward policies.

O The law contains a separate chapter for "The Development of Merit Reward Culture" that aims to publicize the distinguished services and contribution patriots and veterans made in a systemic manner.

-The chapter includes education to nurture patriotism, establishment of memorial facilities, providing honorable treatment, holding commemoration ceremonies, interment in the National Cemetery, and strengthening of international exchanges and cooperation.

-In particular, the law allows airport, port, railroad and subway stations to be named after patriots and veterans. This aims to increase the occasions for the people to feel and experience the noble spirit of national meritorious persons.

The MPVA will make its utmost effort in taking following measures necessary to enforce the Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward without fail.

The law was to go into effect one year after its promulgation to the the National Assembly, but has shortened into 6 months. The MPVA plans to set up a task force to facilitate the enforcement of the bill while making provisions for the management of the National Merit Reward Commission.


Kim, cheeho(internatinal affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-05-10 오후 2:00:51
<![CDATA[The 45th Anniversary of the April 19th Revolution for Korean Democratization Marked]]>
At the ceremony joined nearly 2,000 people including the members of the April 19th Revolution organizations, citizens, and students. The ceremony began with wreath-laying and Mr. Kang, Jae-shik, President of the April 19th Revolution Association reported procession of the revolution to the participants of the ceremony

As part of the commemoration events, a memorial ceremony for the victims of the revolution took place at the National Cemetery for the April 19th Revolution, and on the 19th the Seoul Kangbuk Cultural Center held the 9th "Soguigol Concert" at the Torchlight Plaza of the cemetery. And in the evening a special event for the April 19th Revolution was held at the Sejong Center hosted by the April 19th Revolution Associations.

In addition, a photography exhibit has been on the road in major cities across the country including Daegu, Masan, Busan, and Gwangju, and the exhibition continues at the National Cemetery for the April 19th Revolution until April 30.

A visit to The National Cemetery for the April 19th Revolution is allowed during April 18 to 19, and H.E. President Roh, Moo-hyun, high-ranking government officials and representatives of political parties visited the cemetery in the morning on 19th to lay wreath and pay their respects to the victims.


Kim, chee-ho(international affairs)
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2005-04-25 오후 6:01:32
<![CDATA[The 86th Anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government Observed]]>
* The commemoration ceremony will be simultaneously held in Seoul and Shanghai on April 13 on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Korean Liberation
* About 1000 people will attend the ceremony including bereaved families of the Provisional Government Members, government officials, members of the Korean Liberation Association, Korean citizens, and students

On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Liberation, the MPVA hosts a commemoration ceremony to mark the 86th Anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government in Kim Koo Museum & Library, Seoul, Korea and in the Korean Consulate General in Shanghai, China on April 13. The Korean Provisional Government was established in Shanghai, China on April 13, 1919 inheriting the spirit of the March 1 Independence Movement that proclaimed Korean people`s strong will of independence throughout the world.

About 1,000 people including Prime Minister Lee, Hae-chan, high-ranking government officials, bereaved families of those who made distinguish contribution to Korean independence, members of the Korean Liberation Association, representatives of various organizations, citizens, and students will attend the ceremony to remember the significance of the Korean Provisional Government.

As part of various events related to the ceremony, the MPVA plans to invite the Rock band, "Crying Nut" to perform the newly arranged "Song for Independence Fighters" and "The Yalu River Marching Song" and present a video clip on the Korean Provisional Government.

After the ceremony, a special exhibition to mark the 60th Anniversary of Liberation will begin at the Kim Koo Museum & Library open to the public until April 27. The exhibition is designed to build national consensus on the effort to sanctify Hyochang Park where patriotic martyrs are laid to rest by introducing the origin and history of the park and showing the life and activities of the 7 patriotic martyrs interred at the park.

Meanwhile, a commemoration ceremony will be held for the first time at the Korean Consulate General in Shanghai, China on April 13 simultaneously with the ceremony in Seoul on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of Liberation.

Approximately 500 participants will join the ceremony in Shanghai including Kang, Man-gil, a government representative and chairman of the Commemoration Project Committee for the 60th Anniversary of Korean Liberation, Yun, Kyung-bin, former president of the Korean Liberation Association, Hwang, In-hwan, Chairman of the Merit Reward Judging Committee, Park, Sang-ki, Consul General of the Shanghai, China, officials of Shanghai city, diplomatic officials, members of the Korean Liberation Association, and Koreans living in the region.

And the Exhibition House of the Korean Provisional Government in Chongqing, China also will hold a ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government on April 13 with the participation of about 70 people including Hong, Soon-chang, Consul Genreal of Chongqing, resident representatives and other people concerned.


kimcheeho(international affairs)
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2005-04-12 오전 11:02:29
<![CDATA[Looking for Bereaved Families of Korean Independent Movement Activists who Live Overseas ]]>
Under the searching project, the Ministry will go through registration and application process for compensation on behalf of the newly confirmed bereaved families. And it will give them the certificate of the decoration if they proved to be the bereaved families of those conferred national foundation decoration for independence.

And the Ministry also decided to broaden the recognition of the range of data and information materials as proof of evidence and simplify registration and application process taking into consideration different identification process in foreign countries and the age and physical condition of the bereaved families. At the same time, it is considering a comprehensive plan to expand the honorable treatment for those bereaved families to include additional benefits and services as well as compensation benefit.

In order to produce desired results from the new project, the Ministry will maintain close cooperation not only with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Government Information Agency but also with overseas organizations such as offices of Korean Consuls, Korean Ethnics Associations, Korean Media/Newspaper institutions, and Patriots and Veterans Organizations abroad.



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2005-04-07 오전 9:26:59
<![CDATA[The Amendment to the Acts on Honorable Treatment and Establishment of Associations Passes ]]> * Exclusion of those who proved pro-Japanese from the entitlement to benefit provided for Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence benefit
* Automatic provision of honorary allowance for war veterans when they reach 65 years old

The MPVA announced that the Amendment to the Acts on honorable treatments and establishment of associations for Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence and Distinguished Honorees of the Nation has passed in the plenary session of the Nation Assembly on March 2.

The major points of the amendment are as follows;

The Amendment to the Act on Honorable Treatment for Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence includes,

-expansion of settlement fund provided for the bereaved families of Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence who wish to reside permanently in Korea
-exclusion of those who proved pro-Japanese based on the special law on fact-finding of pro-Japanese behavior during the Japanese colonial rule from the entitlement to benefits provided for Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence
-enhanced support to help Distinguished Honorees of the Nation attain as much economic independence in daily living as possible
-new provisions on local governments` duty on honorable treatment for Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence

The Amendment to the Act on Honorable Treatment for War Veterans includes,

-expansion of the battle fields included to the Korean War
-grant Commissioner General of Police Agency the authority to verify war participation
-improvement in the process of honorary allowance payment for war veterans
-increase in the range of funeral allowance recipients

The Amendment to the Act on the Establishment Associations of Distinguished Honorees of the Nation includes,

-name change of the April 19th Revolution Association into the April 19th Democratic Revolution Association to highlight the democratic purpose of the movement
-expansion of the member range of the April 19th Democratic Revolution Bereaved Families Association
-grant PV organizations more authority
-expansion of local offices of PV organizations

The Amendment to the Act on the Korea Veterans Welfare and Healthcare Corporation includes,

-expansion of the welfare and healthcare benefit recipients to include Persons of Distinguished Services to the May 18th Democratization Movement, War Veterans, Retired Veterans, and Agent Orange Victims
-increase in the business areas of the Corporation
-new provisions to give the Health Insurance Review Agency the authority to review medical cost

The Amendment to the Act on the Establishment Associations of Distinguished Honorees of the Nation will come into force upon the promulgation (late March), the Amendment to the Act on Honorable Treatment for Persons of Distinguished Services to Independence that needs following measures around late May, and the Amendment to the Act on Honorable Treatment for War Veterans around late June.


Kim, chee-ho(International affairs)
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2005-03-22 오후 6:18:22
<![CDATA[Ceremony to Commemorate the 86th Anniversary of Korean Independence Declaration Held]]>
The event sponsored by Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs consisted of commemoration ceremony and academic symposium.

About 500 participants joined the commemoration ceremony including Park, Yu-chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Murayama Domiichi, former Japanese Prime Minister, representative of Independence Movement Organizations such as Korea Liberation Association, and President Kim, Woo-jeon of Korea Liberation Association opened the ceremony with his remarks.

Following the ceremony, academic symposium was held with the theme of "Jo, So-ang and his Samgyunjueui (three equal doctrines - equality of politics, economy, and education).

At the symposium, professor Park, Sung-soo from Pyunghwa Universiry read his paper "Jo So-ang`s view of Unified Independence", professor Seo, Kwang-il from Hanshin University "Samgyunjueui and the 21th century", and emeritus professor Kim, Chang-soo from Dongguk University "The Korean Provisional Government and Jo, So-ang". And it continued with a discussion session by 3 professors including Hong, Ho-seon from Joongang University, Yoo, Jun-ki from Chongshin University, and Park, Han from Suwon University with the president Shin, Yong-ha of Baikbum Academic Center in the chair.

The Korean Independence Declaration often called "Muo Independence Declaration" was issued in Jinlin province, China early Feb., 1919 at the time when the first World War came to an end by 39 Korean ethnic leaders who stayed in Manchuria and Russian region such as Jo, So-ang and Shin, Chae-ho.

The declaration version written by Jo, So-ang is the first of its kind proclaiming the cause for Korean Independence and the strong will of armed resistance to Japan. It is of deep significance to present a new direction in fight against Japanese invasion.

It is one of the three representative Independence declarations with Feb 8th Tokyo Independence Declaration and March 1st Independence Declaration in Seoul. And it exerted a critical influence in igniting many Independence Movements against Japan later at home and abroad.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 2:00:15
<![CDATA[Newly Fashioned ID Card to be Issued to Enhance the Pride of NMP ]]>
The new ID card makes up for the shortcomings of the current paper card that can be fabricated or easily worn out, and it is made of high quality plastic to add convenience in daily using.

The new card holder are 270,000 National Merit Recipients who comes under the Honorable Treatment Law but MPVA will firstly issue the ID card to some 140,000 of National Meritorious Persons who deserve discount benefits on transporting expenses prior to other recipients and then the rest of cards for 130,000 recipients` card will be newly issued year by year.

The newly designed ID card has Korean traditional mark of `Taegeuk` and pattern of national flower, the rose of Sharon on it. The front side of the card will contain recipients` personal information and grade of merit, and facilities they are allowed to use are printed on the back side with the aim of providing detailed information on benefit services.

In addition, various functions of cards used to get discounts on transporting expenses will be integrated into a single card and it will be issued to about 5,000 recipients. The new card is expected to offer better service and prevent confusion between transportation industry and benefit recipients. It will also be added with traffic card function to provide National Meritorious Persons with as much convenience as possible when traffic card usable nationwide is issued.

MPVA will make continuous efforts in improving the new ID card and attracting attention from relevant ministries and industries to earn public credit for honorable treatment to National Meritorious Persons through successful improvement of the ID card.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
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2005-03-15 오후 1:59:32
<![CDATA[Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward Submitted ]]> -Focused on honoring the noble spirit of Patriots and Veterans as well as material compensation and national assistance
-National Merit Reward Commission to be set up to draw up policies of National Merit Reward every five years

The government submitted a Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward to the National Assembly on January 12 after deliberation and passage in the Cabinet Meeting aiming at making a comprehensive provision on National Merit Reward and pursuing consistent and systematic policies for National Meritorious Persons.

Thus far, MPVA has enacted individual legislations on each subject of National Merit Reward whenever different class of people were admitted as the Recipients of National Merit Reward in accordance with social and political situation.

Since such policy caused confusion on the true character of Recipients of National Merit Reward and made it difficult to pursue reasonable policies for them, MPVA drew up the comprehensive legislation of the National Merit Reward following the process of collecting opinion.

The Bill of Fundamental Law for National Merit Reward clarifies the definition of sacrifice and contribution eligible for National Merit Reward into 4 categories - national independence from the Japanese forcible occupation, safeguard or security of the nation, promotion of liberal democracy in the Republic of Korea, public service to protect life and property of the people. And it stipulates the establishment of the National Merit Reward Commission that provides advice on main policies such as the determination of the benefit recipients range and the principles of compensation. In addition, the Ministry would establish development plans for National Merit Reward System and pursue policies based on firm principles.

The main points of the Bill of Fundamental Act for National Merit Reward are as follows.

• The purpose of this law shall enhance the honoring of the noble spirit of those who made distinguished service and contribution to the state, and redefine the principles of National Merit Reward that contributes to national unity and development.

• Central and local governments shall made clear their responsibility for treating the Recipients of National Merit Reward with priority and honor when they establish or implement policies relevant to the benefits and welfare of the people and when they enact or revise laws and regulations.

• The National Merit Reward Commission shall be set up under the Prime Minister composed of about 25 members including ministers of central government and civil experts. It shall draw up policies of National Merit Reward every five years and submit it to the Cabinet Meeting. And members of the Commission and heads of relevant agencies shall pursue working plans and programs.

• The bill shall not only clarify basic principles that define sacrifice and contribution to provide honorable treatment and assistance to the Recipients of National Merit Reward, but also pursue enhancement of the prestige of patriots and veterans with the goal of promoting participation of the people, inspiring their patriotism, and providing driving force of national development.

The passage of the bill will not only mark a significant milestone in 45 year MPVA history by paving the way for more effective implementation of policies, but also contribute to strengthening national unity and reconciliation.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:56:40
<![CDATA[MPVA Raises Compensation Rate in FY 2005 ]]> - Benefits Budget Scale : 1,803.8 bil. won(81.8% of MPVA Appropriation Budget)

MPVA raises monthly basic pension and additional pension by 5% and 7% respectively with amending the Enforcement Ordinances of Benefits on honorable treatment for eligible patriots and veterans and assistance for Agent Orange victims passed in the Cabinet Meeting on Jan. 11, 2005.

Both attendance allowance for severe disabled veterans with the first or second level and allowance for defoliant exposed victims increase by 5%, while military merit awardee allowance and income supplementary allowance rise by 10,000won a month.

The new Enforcement Ordinances will be applied as of January 1 2005, and the details are as follows.

• The compensation for those who made distinguished services to national independence and bereaved families ranges from 3,098,000won(recipients of the 3rd grade of the order of merit for national foundation) to 293,000won(recipients of the President`s commendation for national foundation) a month.

• The compensation for disabled veterans varies with the degree of disability ranging from 3,294,000won(those with service-connected disability rated 1.1 maximum rate, including attendance allowance) to 213,000won(those with service-connected disability rated 7 lowest rate) a month.

• For bereaved families, the monthly compensation will be provided from 969,000won(widows aged 55 or older with no dependent) to 226,000won(bereaved families of veterans with service-connected disability rated 6 when the veterans died from other causes than the disability).

In addition, MPVA will lay out a medium and long term executive plan for reasonable adjustment of compensation in connection with the variation of the national household expenditure as an effort of realizing reasonable level of compensation year by year in accordance with disability rate and sacrifice of each recipient.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:54:36
<![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)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com

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2005-03-15 오후 1:54:00
<![CDATA[Minister Park Makes a Consolatory Visit to ROK-US Combined Forces Command ]]>
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2005-03-15 오후 1:53:10
<![CDATA[The Ministry to Join the Relief Effort for Earthquake Damaged Countries in Southeast Asia ]]>
The Ministry has also established a medical assistance team composed of 15 medical personnel from Korea Veterans Welfare & Healthcare Corporation. The team plans to launch its relief effort in the affected areas from Jan. 6 cooperating with such countries that participated in the Korean War as India and Thailand.

The donation for the region was voluntarily made by officials of the Patriot and Veterans Affairs Ministry, members of Korea Veterans Association and Patriots and Veterans organizations to assist the relief effort in the damaged countries which participated in the Korean War.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
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2005-03-15 오후 1:52:22
<![CDATA[Ministry's Delegates Pays a Consolatory Visit to the Zaytun Unit ]]>
The second official visit by the Korean Government delegation following President Roh Moo-hyun`s surprise visit comprised of 14 government representatives including Kang Dong-suk, Minister of Construction and Transportation, and delegates from the Ministry of National Defense.

After its visit to the Zaytun Unit, the delegation is scheduled to visit the joint construction site of Kuwait and Arab Emirates to encourage Korean workers there, check working conditions of them, and support their efforts to win more construction contracts from Dec. 23 to 24 before coming back to Korea on the 25th.

The consolatory visit to the Korean Armed Forces has been continuously made since 1973 by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs with the aim not only of encouraging the service members who are dedicating themselves for national defense and security but also of inspiring the people`s sense of security.

The delegation`s visit to the Zaytun Unit is particularly meaningful this year because the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs set up Veterans Bureau in 2004 in a bid to enhance welfare services for the members of the Korean Armed forces.

Patriots and Veterans Affairs Ministry has also carried out various activities for the members of the Korean forces at home and abroad such as frequent visit and donation of books to military units all year round. And it plans to increase the visit to the Korean troops stationed in overseas hereafter.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:48:46
<![CDATA[Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Korean War Participation Invited]]>



The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs invited American veterans who received the Congressional Medal of Honor from the US government for their participation in the Korean War and their families from 29th November to 4th December.

The event for those recipients is designed to express profound gratitude to the military heroes of the Korean War and to strengthen the Korea-US alliance.



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2005-03-15 오후 1:43:04
<![CDATA[Commemorative Tree Planting in UN Memorial Cemetery Conducted]]>
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 consuls 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(international affairs)
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2005-03-15 오후 1:42:11
<![CDATA[The Results of Bohun Understanding Survey Released ]]>
The survey cosponsored by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs and the Government Information Agency was carried out by Gallup Korea among 1,002 respondents aged fifteen or older from Oct 22 to 23, 2004. It is designed to measure the public awareness of the contributions and sacrifices of independent movement patriots and veterans to use the data as a guide to establish better policies for patriots and veterans.

The survey put together research results collected by various departments of the Ministry and used a new index scaled 0 to 100 with the 100 the highest. The respondents are asked to answer 15 questions in 4 categories mainly about patriotism, understanding of recipients of the National Merit Reward and Patriots & Veterans organizations, and willingness to offer volunteer service for independent movement patriots and veterans.

The survey results demonstrate that the "Bohun Understanding" of the Korean people reaches 62.5 scored higher than average. And the index that indicates the level of understanding of national merit reward recipients and Patriots & Veterans organizations records 72.7, higher than average as well while the understanding showing the willingness to offer volunteer service for patriots and veterans was below average registering only 47.5.

The understanding is higher among male and older respondents than among those who are female and younger. And those in the primary industries record higher scores. Meanwhile, region, education and income level turn out not a decisive factor of the understanding.

The results by age group show that those aged fifteen to nineteen record 54.4, those in their twenty 55.7, those in their thirty 60.9, those in their forty 66.3, and those aged fifty or higher 69.3.

The respondents who live in major cities, received high education, and earned high income level turn out to have deeper understanding about memorial days and contribution and historical significance of patriots and veterans. However, the fact that those groups recorded relatively lower scores in other categories suggests that there is not a direct link between the level of understanding about patriots and veterans affairs and the awareness of the need to respect and reward them.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs plans to apply the results as a model of the policies that received high scores in the survey when making future policy decision, and also endeavor to make up for the weak point in the policies that failed to satisfy the general public.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
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2005-03-15 오후 1:41:34
<![CDATA[History of French Forces Participation in the Korean War Published ]]> There have been several history books on UN Forces published from the academic or historical perspective, but this is the fist time ever to publish a history book translated in Korean, English and French for the educational purpose. This will broaden the various class of readers to include people all around the world.
The book also aims to pay tribute to the distinguished service rendered by forces of 21 participating nations to preserve peace and freedom of the world, and to solidify the alliance with the nations.
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with its French counterpart on Nov 10, 2003 to cooperate each other in the Korean War Commemoration Projects. 『The History of French Force Participation in the Korean War』 is part of such cooperation effort and it also clarifies the vision of the Ministry to contribute to international peace by honoring the lofty sacrifices of the UN war heroes during the Korean War and consolidating the alliance with the participating nations.

And it is noteworthy that the book will be presented to French President Jacques Chirac by President Roh Moo-hyun during the scheduled Korea-France summit meeting. 『History of French Forces Participation in the Korean War』 describes about 3000 French forces who fought with valor and distinction at the battle of Twin Tunnel at Wonju, Yang-pyung, Chipyong-ni, and Chulwon. The book also focuses on the history before and after the Korean War shedding light on the history of Korea-France relations.Another notable feature of the book is hundreds of photographs obtained with the help of a defence attache of the French Embassy to Korea. Most of the photographs are open to the general public through this book for the first time. It also features written by French veterans of the Korean War, and it is written in a simple and clear style to make it as easy as possible to understand. The newly published book will be distributed to national and public libraries, schools, domestic and international veterans organizations, and diplomatic offices in foreign countries. So it is expected to significantly contribute to strengthening alliance and friendship with participating nations. The Ministry plans to publish history of 21 UN Forces that participated in the Korean War continuously.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:40:50
<![CDATA[President Roh Receives Royal Welcome in United Kingdom ]]>

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2005-03-15 오후 1:40:19
<![CDATA[U.S. Veterans Visit the National Cemetery ]]>

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2005-03-15 오후 1:39:19
<![CDATA[Job Fair for Veterans and National Meritorious Persons and Families ]]> The Job Fair participated by about 80 leading businesses including Samsung, Hyundai, and LG offers a wide range of opportunity and services including direct interview opportunity, resume guide, consulting service for those who wish to start business, information service on job certificates and language education, and various seminars.
Veterans and National Meritorious Persons and Families who wish to enter the Job Fair should bring their resume and photo to the aT Center between 10 am and 5 pm.The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) expects this Job Fair to promote employment of veterans and National Meritorious Persons and Families, and to help them enhance competitiveness in job market by providing various information and education on employment and business foundation.
Meanwhile, MPVA holds Online Job Fair at http://mpva.jobkorea.co.kr participated by some 600 businesses seeking talented employees from 16th November to 19th December to offer job opportunity for the veterans and National Meritorious Persons and Families who live at long distance.

For more information on Job Fair, please contact Veterans Employment Service Division at MPVA (tel. 02-2020-5321) or Job Fair Office (tel. 02-3466-5307)


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
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2005-03-15 오후 1:38:49
<![CDATA[The invitation of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients of the Korean War ]]>
The event for those recipients is designed to express profound gratitude to the military heroes who protected our liberal democracy during the Korean War and to strengthen the Korea-US alliance.

Park, Yu-chul Ph.D, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will give a welcoming banquet for those veterans and their families in Lotte Hotel on 30th November to express deep appreciation to them for their devotion during koean War.
The veterans and their families will arrive in Korea on 29th this month, and visit several memorial sites including the National Cemetery and the War Memorial Hall. And they will have a chance to witness the economic development and cultural heritage of Korea when they visit Samsung Semiconductor, and Bulguk temple according to their itinerary. A farewell dinner party is also scheduled to be held by the US Ambassador to Korea at afficial residence on 3th December one day before they leave.
This event for the American veterans decorated with the Congressional Medal of Honor and their families is held for the first time this year, and the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs plans to invite the veterans from 21 participating countries whose sacrifice and contribution during the Korean War are recognized by their nations from the year 2005.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military award in the United States which is conferred in the name of US Congress. Only 3,440 have been chosen to receive such distinguished decoration after foundation of a country and 129 of them currently are alive.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
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2005-03-15 오후 1:38:20
<![CDATA[Invitation for Bereaved Families of the UN Allied forces ]]>
The bereaved families visited National Cemetery, War Memorial Hall and other memorial sites, and participated special memorial and wreath-laying ceremony held at the UN Memorial Cemetery in Korea.

They also had opportunity to see economic growth as well as cultural heritage of Korea when they visited POSCO in Pohang, and Bulguk-temple in Gyeongju, and Bukchon traditional Korean house("Han-ok") in Seoul. Through such opportunity, the bereaved families witnessed the noble sacrifice of their loved ones serve as a foundation for the remarkable economic development of Korea.

During their stay in Korea, those invited expressed their deep gratitude for the enthusiasm and hospitality of the Korean government and the People toward the fallen war heroes of the Korean War.

Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead from the Republic of South Africa among those invited showed their profound appreciation after they returned to their country by saying in Northglen News, one of South African dailies, "It was an experience of a lifetime and we feel privileged to have been given this rare opportunity, one we will never forget".


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:37:38
<![CDATA[Survey intended for National Meritorious Persons and Families ]]>
With the aim of offering better information service, the Ministry conducted a survey among its clients, those who contributed and sacrificed themselves for the good of the country.

As the first step of the survey, the Ministry has examined policy information clients need to know the most since the second half of 2004. And the result of the survey has been actively reflected in the policy thus far. For instance, the ministry has improved the quality of information on general assistance policy, compensation policy, medical benefits policy, and automotive assistance policy.
And the opinions of respondents will serve as a foundation for the future policy decision.

Furthermore, the Ministry will establish a plan from 2005 to offer more timely information based on the survey result. The plan is designed to reflect the opinions of the customers and to provide high quality, prompt, and seamless information service to them.


The survey shows that the respondents have more interest in the criteria of disability rating than other policies. Concerning service-connected compensation, they expect more detailed information, particularly on compensation standard and eligibility.

In addition, respondents showed strong interest in the purpose and activities of organizations for patriots and veterans, and education benefits.
And other information that attracted keen attention from the respondents include application, eligibility, range, criteria of patriots and veterans.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans affairs also plans to provide detailed policy information via e-mail. The purpose of the plan is to be equipped with excellence in policy information service and to help its customers get the information they have sought.

On the other hand, the survey on commemoration policy among 1,000 respondents shows that they have stronger interest in burial benefit policy than others.

In particular, eligibility, cost, and procedure of burial benefits are the most wanted information among the respondents. And about 52% of them pointed out that the time of changing burial site should be adjusted, and many respondents considered current honorable treatment not enough.

With respect to events for those who sacrificed themselves for the good of the country in every June, the respondents said they want more substantial help from the government rather than formal ceremonies and events. And they also wanted to see more active participation by the government agencies and related organizations in the national events for those who defended country.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:36:50
<![CDATA[Elementary School Students took part in Wreath Laying ]]>
The students visited the UN Memorial Cemetery, Chungyeol Shrine, and Busan Museum according to the program schedule. They paid homage to the war heroes who sacrificed their precious lives to safeguard peace and freedom of Korea by laying flowers at their graves.

A total of 2,413 elementary school students from 11 schools have participated in the program during the year 2004, and schools have shown enthusiastic response to the program so far.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:36:11
<![CDATA[Online Community Competition for MPVA is going to be held ]]>
The Competition is open for all communities which have registered to the Ministry`s homepage by 24:00, Oct. 18th, 2004. The evaluation will be made based on contents, composition of screen, size of administration, and participation by members of each community.

The selected online community will be given prize money, and the evaluation will be conducted by the outside expert committee.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:35:37
<![CDATA[The Ministry invited the bereaved families who buried their loved ones in the UN Memorial Cemetery i]]>
The Banquet invites 47 of bereaved families from 8 countries including England, Turkey, and France, who are recommended by veterans associations of 11 Korean War participating nations among 2300 bereaved families.

Those 47 bereaved families are scheduled to visit National Cemetery and War Memorial Museum, and they are going to participate in the UN Day Memorial Ceremony in Busan, Nov. 22nd to pay homage to the fallen heroes and lay flowers for them.

And they will have opportunity to witness Korea`s development by visiting such industrial and cultural facilities as POSCO in Pohang, Bulguk Temple in Gyeongju, and Namdaemun Market in Seoul before they leave on Nov. 24th.

The UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan, where heroic braves from 11 nations are interred, is located in Daeyon-4-dong, Nam-gu, Busan. This sanctimonious cemetery placed 14.7 hectare of land became a burial ground in April 1951. Although there had been about 11,000 of the UN`s fallen braves interred at this memorial cemetery during the Korean War, there rest 2,300 at this site now that most of participating nations brought their fallen warriors back home. Currently interred are 281 Australians, 378 Canadians, 44 French, 117 Dutch, 34 New Zealanders, 1 Norwegians, 11 South Africans, 462 Turkish, 885 British, 36 Americans, 36 Koreans.

Those 47 bereaved families invited to this Banquet include 10 from England, 4 from Canada, 3 from Turkey, 5 from Australia, 7 from the Netherlands, 10 from New Zealand, 1 from France, and 7 from the Republic of South Africa.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:35:09
<![CDATA[Government conferred a Japanese Decoration for the first time ]]>
The Korean government has decided to confer Mr. Huse the Order of Merit for National Foundation recognizing his key role in arguing on behalf of such independence activists as Kim, Ji-seup and Park, Yul and supporting independence movement.

The decision has been made as a result of reviewing his contribution to Korean independence, discussion by the Independent Movement Merit Judging Committee, and consultations with related Ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade following the request of the research group for Mr.Huse in 2001.

The Japanese lawyer argued the case for "Chosun Young Men`s Association for Independence Movement" whose members included Choi, Pal-yong and Song, Gye-baik who issued independence declaration on Feb. 8th, 1919, and for Kim, Ji-seup who threw a bomb on the Japanese Palace to kill then Japanese Prime Minister and the Japanese Viceroy of Korea in 1924.

And He also pleaded innocent for Park, yul who was arrested for setting a plan to kill the Japanese King and the royal family.

Even though he himself was Japanese, he opposed the Japanese Imperialism and supported the cause of Korean Independence.

The Order of Merit for Mr. Huse is going to be conferred to his grandson, Mr. Oisi Susumu who publishes critical essays in Japan.

With this award, the total 45 foreigners have been decorated with the Order of Merit for National Foundation for their contribution to Korean Independence. Currently decorated are 31 Chinese, 6 British, 3 Americans, 3 Irish, 1 Canadian, and 1 Japanese.

Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com

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2005-03-15 오후 1:34:36
<![CDATA[President Roh Invites Independence Fighters for Lunch ]]>
The president pledged to do his best in laying the foundation for a fair and just society for the Korean people so that they will regard our national independence movement as one of the most proud legacies of our modern history.

Jo Se-hyeon and Gwon Jung-chan, descendants of independence movement fighters, and Jeon Byeong-cheol, cited this year for contribution to independence, asked the president for a thorough liquidation of the remnants of past pro-Japanese legacies in our society.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:34:06
<![CDATA[Ministry Finalizes Long-term Support Measures for Veterans ]]>
The long-term measures call for an effective social readjustment support system for the retiring military personnel in their search for civilian jobs and an effective utilization of these human resources in connection with the government-sector.

Under the measures, 42 tasks in five areas were set to systematically prepare and support the employment of ex-service personnel. The five areas include career guidance and counseling, employment and job creation, support and stabilization of their living and establishment of a transition system from the military to the civilian life.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:33:30
<![CDATA[Minister Attends Event in U.S. to Commemorate Korean Armistice Agreement ]]>
At the solemn ceremony, Minister Ahn laid a wreath at the Korean War Memorial in his capacity as the representative of the Korean government.

In the afternoon, he hosted an event honoring the Korean War veterans in the United States. At the function, he conveyed a message from President Roh Moo-hyun honoring the U.S. Korean War veterans.

During his visit to the United States on July 25-Aug. 1, Ahn also paid a courtesy call on his U.S. counterpart, Anthony J. Principi and exchanged views on the U.S. veterans policies on July 26.

In the afternoon, he visited a veterans hospital in Washington and delivered gifts from President Roh Moo-hyun to the Korean War veterans who have been hospitalized at the hospital.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com

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2005-03-15 오후 1:32:51
<![CDATA[Veterans Minister Receives Vietnamese Delegation of War Veterans ]]>
They exchanged a broad range of views on ways to promote exchanges between Korea and Vietnam.

Leading a four-member war veterans delegation, Dang was making a five-day visit to Korea on July 20-24.

During their stay in Korea, they visited the Korean Veterans Association and Korea Disabled Veterans Organization to have consultations on the projects to promote friendly relationships between the two countries.

In particular, they exchanged ideas on a project to build a friendship village in Vietnam for war veterans affected by Agent Orange during the Vietnamese War.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:32:18
<![CDATA[Ministry Holds Ceremony to Mark Korean War ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

A ceremony marking the 54th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War was held on June 25 at Seoul`s Jangchung Gymnasium with an attendance of some 7,000 people.

Among those present were patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister An Joo-seob, elderly military leaders, politicians, members of veterans` associations and about 130 Korean War veterans from the United States, Thailand, Turkey and two other countries.

The ceremony opened with remarks by Lee Sang-hoon, president of the Korea Veterans Association. Then, the representative of veterans from abroad reminisced about his experiences in the war. The recount was followed by the recital of a poem, a performance of a choir and a speech by Minister An.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:31:53
<![CDATA[Veterans Ministry Console Bereaved Families of West Sea Naval Clash ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Administration

On the occasion of the second anniversary of an inter-Korean naval clash in the West Sea, the staff of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Administration consoled the bereaved families of the sailors who sacrificed their lives during the unfortunate skirmish. They also paid a visit to the sailors who were wounded during the clash.

The ministry`s regional office chiefs visited the family of the late major Yoon Young-ha and five other bereaved families and sergeant first class Gwak Jin-seong and four other sailors who were wounded in the naval skirmish and delivered letters of commendation and other tokens of consolation.

The ministry also set up a cyber memorial altar on its homepage June 20-29 in memorial of those killed. They are SFCs Han Sang-guk, Jo Cheon-hyeong, Hwang Do-hyeon, Seo Hu-won and Park Dong-hyeok in addition to Maj. Yoon.

Minister An Joo-seob said in the letter of consolation that the sublime spirit of sacrificing themselves for their country the sailors displayed in the West Sea engagement will shine as the cornerstone of the defense of the country.


Kim, cheeho(international affairs)
kimcheeho@yahoo.com
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2005-03-15 오후 1:31:17
<![CDATA[Memorial Day in Korea ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

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

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

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

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs sponsors various annual events in the month of June in memory of fallen heroes and patriots and to inculcate patriotism among the citizens.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:30:52
<![CDATA[Korean War Monument to Be Erected in Greece ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

A Korean War veteran’s memorial monument will be unveiled in Athens for the commemoration of the 54th anniversary of the Greek participation in the war, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MOPVA) reported.

The unveiling is scheduled for June 25, the day the war broke out in 1950, in the city ward of Papagou. The monument, the ministry said, will feature two solider statues, with four large columns surrounding them, in a distinctively Greek style.

The main funding for the monument came from the ministry, in the amount of 160 million won ($130,000), while the city government of Athens contributed the land plot for the memorial.

Five MOPVA officials, led by Vice Minister Bai Chul-ho, will attend the monument-unveiling ceremony in Athens. Various events are scheduled to mark the special occasion.

According to the records, 186 Greek soldiers died in defense of Korea during the war (1950-3).
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2005-03-15 오후 1:30:21
<![CDATA[Ministry Holds Memorial Services on Memorial Day ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs held memorial services in observance of the 49th Memorial Day at Dongjak National Cemetery in Seoul Sunday (June 6).

President Roh Moo-hyun, leaders of the National Assembly, the administration and the judiciary were present at the event, where an estimated 5,000 citizens from all walks of life as well as bereaved families prayed for the repose of those who died for their country.

The memorial services began with a minute of silence at 10 a.m. at the sound of sirens nationwide, followed by an offering of flowers, incense burning for the soul of the deceased, recital of a poem, a memorial performance, memorial address and singing in unison of the Memorial Day song.

Similar events were observed at the Daejeon National Cemetery and at each local autonomous government.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:29:45
<![CDATA[Anniversary of May 18 Democracy Movement Held in Gwangju ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The 24th anniversary of the May 18 Democracy Movement was held solemnly at the National May 18 Cemetery in Gwangju, South Jeolla province, on May 18 under the auspices of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

Some 2,000 people were present at the ceremony to pay tribute to the noble sacrifice for the cause of democracy and inherit and spread the May 18 spirit of democracy, justice and human rights. Among those attending were leaders of the government, the National Assembly and the judiciary, activists who participated in the movement, bereft families, members of the movement, representatives of civic groups and students.

The democracy movement originated from a civil uprising against a military government in Gwangju May 1980. Civilians`s demonstrations calling for the abolition of martial law and step-down of the military junta culminated on May 18, bringing about a bloodshed.

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2005-03-15 오후 1:29:12
<![CDATA[Anniversary of April 19 Revolution Held in Seoul and Elsewhere ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The 44th anniversary of the April 19 Revolution was held at the April 19 National Cemetery in Seoul on April 19 under the auspices of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs. Each local government had its own event to mark the anniversary.

Some 1,300 people participated in the event to pay tribute to the spirit of the April 19 revolution embodied largely in students` demonstrations for the defense of democracy and against dictatorship. Among the participants were leaders of the government, the National Assembly and the judiciary, members of the organizations associated with the April 19 revolution, and students.

On the eve of the anniversary, memorial services for those sacrificed for the defense of democracy in April 1960 were held. So were other events in the form of concert in memory of those perished in the cause of democracy, lectures, traveling photo exhibitions.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:28:43
<![CDATA[Anniversary of Founding of Provisional Government Held at Baekbeom Hall ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The 85th anniversary of the founding in the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea was held at the Baekbeom Memorial Hall on April 13 under the auspices of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

Acting president Goh Kun, other government dignitaries, bereft families of independence movement, representatives of all walks of life and some 1,000 civilians were present at the event held to mark establishment of the provisional government, an entity created out of the March First Movement in 1919 that galvanized a nationwide drive for Korea`s independence from Japanese colonial rule.

A similar event was also held in Chongqing, China, where the office of the provisional government in exile was restored.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:28:15
<![CDATA[Various Events Mark March 1 Independence Movement ]]>
The government held a ceremony marking the nationwide uprising for independence from Japanese colonial rule at the Sejong Cultural Center for the Performing Arts, with more than 3,000 people including President Roh Moo-hyun, patriots, government officials and citizens attending.

Following the ceremony, the Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs held a ceremony to pay homage to those who died during the uprising at the National Memorial Board with a group of patriots attending. In the afternoon, about 500 people gathered together at Seoul’s Pagoda Park, where the national uprising first erupted, to honor the patriotism of those who died in the cause of independence from Japanese colonial rule.

Meanwhile, on the national holiday, citizens were allowed free admission to old royal palaces and tomb parks nationwide.

Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs
March 2, 2004

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2005-03-15 오후 1:27:45
<![CDATA[85th Anniversary of Feb. 8 Independence Declaration Marked in Japan ]]>

A ceremony marking the "February 8th Independence Declaration" was held at the Korean YMCA Hall in Tokyo on Feb. 7. On hand at the ceremony were about 200 people including Ahn Joo-seob, minister of patriots and veterans affairs, Korean Ambassador to Japan Cho Se-hyung and Korean residents in Japan.

On February 8th, 1919, some 400 Korean students in Tokyo, Japan issued a declaration of independence of their country, which was under the Japanese colonial rule. They adopted a series of resolutions demanding independence for their country, influenced by the doctrine of national self-determination put forward by the American President, Woodrow Wilson.

The event was an immense encouragement to those in Korea who had been seeking means to launch a nationwide independence movement. On March 1, 1919, the entire nation rose up in nonviolent demonstrations against the Japanese colonial authorities, demanding independence of Korea.

February 9, 2004
Ministry of Patriots & Veterans Affairs

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2005-03-15 오후 1:27:20
<![CDATA[Korea, France to Sign Cooperation Pact on War Heritage Preservation ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans

Korea and France are set to sign an MOU (memorandum of understanding) for greater cooperation in their endeavor to preserve the heritages of war. The signing is scheduled for November 10 in the office of Hamlaoui Makachera, the French Secretary for War Veterans, in Paris, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans (MOPV) reported.

Under the pact, which will be renewable every five years, both Parties will cooperate with each other in all activities designed to encourage the safeguarding and preserving of their war heritage assets. The MOU also stipulates the support of the two countries for the excavation of these assets as well as promotion, particularly through asset rental/exchange programs, exhibitions, conferences, and joint publications/manufacturing of written and video materials on the countries` war tradition and heritage.

The MOU also calls for events to bring together Korean and French veterans and their families, as well as war commemoration activities and tour programs to preserve battle sites, designed to teach young people the significance of past wars.

Ahn Ju-seob, Korean Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, and the French war veterans’ secretary will sign the MOU on behalf of their Ministries.

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2005-03-15 오후 1:26:43
<![CDATA[MPVA working on Long-term plan on its policy ]]>
Five rounds of meetings have then produced a development plan calling for the enactment of a basic law on patriots and veterans’ affairs, improvement of medical service systems and measures to assist the employment of discharged servicemen.

The plan being prepared in consultation with government agencies concerned envisions better ways of honoring patriots and guaranteeing their livelihood, effective support for servicemen`s smooth return to society, inculcation of strong patriotism among the general public and emphasis on the basics in promoting the ministry`s policies.

A smooth implementation of the ministry`s mid- and long-term plan could contribute to a national consensus and transparent administration of patriots and veterans affairs, which will help build a stronger foundation for national development.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:26:18
<![CDATA[Remains of 5 Indepence Movement Fighters to Be Brought Home Next Year ]]>
The remains are from a group of 10 independence fighters buried in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Detroit, Seattle, Omaha and in the state of Virginia. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs conducted a fact-finding mission of their tombs in America August 16-31.

Since 1946, the second year of Korean independence from Japan, the ashes of Yoon Bong-kil, Yi Bong-chang and 86 others who died for their country, returned from abroad for reburial at home.

Of the remains of 236 patriots known to have died abroad, 61 of them will remain overseas in deference to the wishes of the bereaved families, 63 could not be positively identified and 24 are scheduled to return, the ministry said.

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2005-03-15 오후 1:25:48
<![CDATA[President gets a briefing on MPVA ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Ahn Joo-sup, minister of patriots and veterans affairs, reported to President Roh Moo-hyun his ministry’s policies for the veterans on June 25 at the Cheong Wa Dae.

In the briefing, Ahn said that his ministry will focus on reestablishing basic principles for the care of war veterans, the war dead and their bereaved family members, and review the compensation system that will provide more fitting returns and respect due them. To this end, it will soon form the proposed National Commission for War Veterans consisting of experts in various areas including legal and administrative affairs, as well as finance and budgets.

To provide more reliable medical service for the veterans, the ministry will build a 2,000-bed hospital for the war veterans by 2007 and expand the number of hospitals nationwide designated for the treatment of veterans of war.

The minister also said that his ministry would make efforts to help retired veterans suffering from financial difficulties to find jobs. The ministry will first work on building a database containing the personal information of the veterans discharged from military service.

It will also open a comprehensive support center to provide various services to veterans depending on their specific needs, including job training. In an effort to improve the welfare for the veterans discharged from military service, the ministry will expand the scale of the funds for them.

The ministry will go ahead with a project to build a research institute exclusively devoted to shedding new light on the significance of the historical events including the Independence Movement in the early 20th century, the 1950 Korean War, the April 19 Students’ Revolution in 1960 and the 1980 Civilian Uprising in Gwangju and the overseas dispatching of troops.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:25:20
<![CDATA[President Roh Visits War Veterans to Mark Memorial Month ]]>

June 18, 2003

President Roh Moo-hyun and First Lady Kwon Yang-sook visited Seoul Bohun Hospital June 5 on the occasion of the Patriotsand Veterans` month of June and consoled hospitalized veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as meritorious independence fighters.

Accompanied by patriots and veterans affairs minister An Joo-seob, President Roh entered the room, where Kim Seung-gon, former chairman of the Korea Liberation Association, was hospitalized, and promised to do his best to make the country a comfortable society, where justice prevails.

He then toured the rooms, where war veterans were in, and pledged to gradually increase veteran benefits and asked them to keep their faith and hopes in recuperation from their illnesses.

Meanwhile, he delivered wristwatches and cash donations, via the veterans ministry, to 2,800 medicaid patients in five veterans hospitals and 172 institutions with healthcare services and wished them early recuperation.

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2005-03-15 오후 1:24:48
<![CDATA[Ceremony Marking Pro-democracy Uprising Held in Gwangju ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

A ceremony marking the 23rd anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju was held at the May 18 National Cemetery in Gwangju, Sunday (May 18). President Roh Moo-hyun, government leaders and some 2,000 citizens were on hand at the ceremony.

The event, organized by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, was the first since the law concerning the contribution of democracy fighters during the Gwangju uprising went into effect.

Last February of 2002, the government declared May 18 as a legal holiday to mark the Gwangju civilians` uprising against former president Chun Doo-hwan`s military dictatorship, which served as a wakeup call for the values of democracy and human rights.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:24:12
<![CDATA[Age for War Veteran Allowance to Be Lowered to 65 ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

Beginning next year, the qualifying age for "honorary allowance" for war veterans will be lowered to 65 from 70 as the National Assembly recently passed the Act on the Honorable Treatment for War Veterans.

Under the act, about 15,000 war veterans aged 65 will receive a monthly allowance of 50,000 won. And beginning May, veterans, who acquired foreign nationalities, will also be entitled to the benefit, which was introduced in October 2002 for those aged 70 or above.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:23:45
<![CDATA[Ministry Publishes Korean Students' Activities in Hawaii in 1930s ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs has published a pictorial of Korean students` organizations and and their activities in Hawaii between 1932 and 1941 as part of historical data on the independence movement of overseas Koreans in America.

The "Korean Students` Annual," issued to mark the centennial of the Korean emigration to the United States, will serve as valuable historical materials since Hawaii was a major base for Korea`s movement to regain independence from the Japanese colonial rule.

The ten-volume annual is composed in the form of a school magazine, to which are added albums of graduating classes of the 14 Korean schools in the Hawaiian isles at the time.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:22:47
<![CDATA[Martyr Yoon Bong-kil's Noble Sacrifice Remembered in Ceremony ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The 71st anniversary of martyr Yoon Bong-kil`s bombing attack on a victory ceremony of the imperial Japanese military in a Shanghai park was observed Tuesday (April 29) at a memorial hall erected in his honor in Yangjae-dong, southern Seoul.

Vice patriots and veterans affairs minister Kim Jong-seong and members of an association devoted to the martyr`s patriotic cause were among some 200 people attending the ceremony.

Martyr Yoon`s heroic action killed army general Shiragawa at the ceremony, and let the world know the Korean people`s resolve to regain independence from Japanese colonial rule. The government posthumously awarded Yoon (1908-1932) the Republic of Korea Medal of Grand Order of Merit for National Foundation in 1962.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:22:03
<![CDATA[43rd Anniversary of April 19th Revolution Observed ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

A ceremony marking the 43rd anniversary of April 19th Revolution was held at the April 19 National Cemetery in northern Seoul under the auspices of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.

The ceremony commemorated the student-led 1960 uprising to defend South Korea`s liberal democracy against president Syngman Rhee`s dictatorial rule. The uprising led to the regime`s collapse.

Some 1,300 people were present at the gathering. Prime minister Goh Kun delivered an address on behalf of the administration. Also on hand were dignitaries from the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, and leaders of the April 19th Revolution memorialization groups, as well as other citizens and students.

On Friday, president Roh Moo-hyun said that justice, valor and sacrifice embodied in the April 19 Revolution gave rise to civil uprisings in Busan and Masan in 1979 and in Gwangju in 1980 and that his Participatory Government would defend democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula in the spirit of the revolution.

President Roh made the remarks in a message read by patriots and veterans affairs minister An Joo-seob at the 21st Breakfast Prayer Meeting for the April 19 Revolution.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:21:12
<![CDATA[National Cemetery Marks Masan Democratic Struggle 43 Years Ago ]]> Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs(MPVA) reported that it dedicated a new national cemetery in Masan City, Gyeongsangnam-do province in a ceremony on Saturday (March 15). Some 1,500 dignitaries, government officials and citizens, including minister of patriots and veterans affairs An Joo-seob, attended the event.

The cemetery was dedicated in memory of the March 15th (1960) Movement in Masan, a large rally held 43 years ago in protest of the rigged presidential election. This protest rally led to the subsequent April 19th Student Uprising that toppled the Syngman Rhee government in April 1960.

President Roh Moo-hyun said in congratulatory address, read by An Joo-seob, that Masan March 15th movement is the spiritual basis of `Participatory Government` and we should do our best to make `Democracy with the people`, `A society of balanced development` and `Era of peace and prosperity in northeast Asia`

The cemetery, designated as a national cemetery last August, sits on 125,400 square meters of land. Its construction began in 1998.
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2005-03-15 오후 1:20:12
<![CDATA[An Joo-seob was inaugulated as the 24th Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs ]]>
An Joo-seob, Lt.Gen.ret., has served as Chief of Presidential Security Service since 1998. Graduating the Korean Military Academy, An worked as Chief of Staff at 2nd ROK army and Superintendent at Army Command & General Staff College.


♦ Profile of the Minister

• Name in full: An Joo-seob, Lt.Gen.ret.

• Date & Place Birth: January 10, 1947, Jeollanam-do

• Family : Wife & Two Sons

• Education
- 1964 Graduated from Gwangju High School
- 1968 Graduated from the Korean Military Academy
- 1996 M.A., Regional Policy Development, Jeonju University
- 2002 Doctor of Literature, Myongji University

• Career
- Nov. 1986 Commander, 29th Regiment, 9th Division, ROK Army
- Oct. 1993 Commander, 35th Infantry Division, ROK Army
- Nov. 1995 Chief of Staff, 2nd ROK Army
- Oct. 1997 Superintendent, Army Command & General Staff College
- Feb. 1998 Retired from the Army(LTG)
- March 1998 Chief, Presidential Security Service, Blue House
- March 2003 Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

• Awards
- 1995 Chonsu Medal(Order of National Security Merit)
- 2000 The Supreme Honorary Medal(Italy)

• Publications
- War history of Kingdom of Goryeo against Kingdom of Georan
- Study on the Establishment of Relationship between Local Communities and Local Army Divisions "Civil-Military Relations"
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2005-03-15 오후 12:52:10
<![CDATA[Address by President Roh Moo-hyun on the 84th March First Independence Movement Day]]>
In celebrating the 84th anniversary of the March First Independence Movement, I am boundlessly thankful to our patriotic forefathers who sacrificed themselves for the country, and I have great respect for them. I am also grateful for those who contributed to the independence of the country and to any bereaved families.

Eighty-four years ago today, we rose up with our bare hands against the guns and swords of imperial Japan. The cry for independence roared through every corner of the country, and we let the world know our determination.

The March First Independence Movement spurred the struggle for independence at home and abroad. The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea was set up in Shanghai, and we at last recovered the sovereignty wrested away from us.

The spirit of the March First Independence Movement represents the pride of our nation, which has wisely overcome endless challenges.

Inheriting such a brilliant spirit and rising from the ruins of war, we became the world`s 12th-ranking economic power. We successfully fought for democracy and human rights through the April 19 Student Revolution of 1960, the Gwangju Democratization Movement of May 1980 and the June Struggle for democracy of 1987. The Participatory Government today stands at the extension of such a great history.

The launch of the Participatory Government put an end to the pain of the country`s recent, modern history. Despite the lofty sacrifice of our forefathers, we have had to suffer frustration and humiliation. Justice lost ground and opportunism prevailed.

But now at last, we are at a historic turning point. The era has dawned when the people are the genuine masters. In the Participatory Government, there will be no place any more for those who curry favor with those in power. The time is coming when only those who work sincerely and compete justly will carry the day. That is the only way we can respond to the sacrifice of our forefathers, and that represents the historic call to duty placed on the Participatory Government and me.

Fellow citizens,

We are now facing a new trend in world history, the arrival of the Age of Northeast Asia.

In modern times, Northeast Asia has remained on the periphery of the world. But now, Northeast Asia is emerging as one of the world`s three principal centers along with the European Union and North America. In 20 years, the region promises to make up about one-third of the world economy.

We are presented with a great opportunity to make a giant national take-off.

We have sufficient conditions to rise as the hub of Northeast Asia. Geographically we are located in the center. There are as many as 43 cities with a population of more than one million within three hours flying-time from Seoul. Our location is advantageous in bringing together the human and natural resources of China and Russian with the technologies of Japan. There is also a geopolitical advantage in linking the continent with the ocean. We are equipped with logistics bases in the sky and on the sea and the infrastructure and capabilities to be a first-rate information society.

The Korean Peninsula is no longer on the periphery of the world. If the inter-Korean roads are linked and the Iron Silk Road is opened, we can expand into the vast continent, new opportunities await us in China. There are also the boundless resources of Siberia and Central Asia. The Korean Peninsula is bound to be born again as a hub of finance and production and logistics, linking the continent to the ocean.

That represents the future just ahead of us. We have been entrusted with the responsibility to make it come true.

Fellow citizens,

But there is something we must do to emerge as the hub of Northeast Asia. That is to build solid peace on the Korean Peninsula. As long as South and North Korea confront each other and tension runs high, the dream of becoming the hub of Northeast Asia cannot be realized. Nor can we look forward to peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia.

So far, we have striven hard to settle peace on the peninsula. There have been frequent dialogues and exchanges between the South and North and the separated relatives have been meeting. The inter-Korean land route is now open as well.

However, we still have many other tasks yet to be accomplished. Particularly, the North Korean nuclear issue has to be resolved quickly.

I am resolutely opposed to the North`s nuclear development. However, the issue must be solved in peaceful manner. If the peace of the Korean Peninsula were to be destroyed for whatever reason, we would not be able to cope with the resulting horrible calamity. The greatest responsibility of the President is to safeguard peace on the peninsula and the safety of the people.

From now on, the Administration will make detailed reports to the nation about South-North relations and carry out inter-Korean policies based on a public consensus. I will vigorously seek cooperation of the opposition party as well. The Government will also actively cooperate with the United States and the neighboring powers of Japan, China, and Russia as well as the EU and other members of the international community.

Fellow Koreans,

No less important than the settlement of peace on the peninsula is for us to unite our national energies.

Eighty-four years ago, our ancestors, united with one heart and one goal, charged into the march for independence. There was no distinction between rich and poor, noble and common, male and female or young and old to say nothing about regional or religious background. Everyone united as one in the effort to recover the independence and self-respect of the country.

Just as they did then, those of us living today should transcend the differences of native provinces, income levels, and generations and unite. We are bound to lag behind in global competition if we are divided and confront each other. We may have to repeat the failure of 100 years ago that resulted in the loss of our sovereignty. It is incumbent upon us to reflect the spirit of the March First Independence Movement and be galvanized by the lessons of history.

All who harbor prejudice against another province will have to open up their hearts and resolve it. Older people have to listen to the young, and the young have to learn from the experience of their elders. We all have to devote more effort to and be more interested in those citizens who have so far been discriminated against and isolated.

Every citizen is urged to participate in state affairs as a genuine citizen of a sovereign country and open an age of public participation that is conducive to tapping into the total national energies.

Another task of our time is the reform work that cannot be halted. More than anything else, politics and government administration have to change. It is a fact that some powerful organizations served the interests of particular regimes in the past. That resulted in a crumbling of internal order and loss of public trust.

Now, those organizations have to be reborn as genuine entities that serve the people. My Administration, dubbed the Participatory Government, will not rely on the so-called `power organizations`. The Administration will present itself to the people in a fair and square manner.

The Participatory Government will promote a just and transparent market order, harmony between labor and management, technological innovation, and balanced development of all regions so that anyone who leads honest and faithful lives will succeed in this country.

To this end, the Administration will strive to help the spirit of trust and principled work take root in every sector of society as well as fairness and transparency, dialogue and compromise, and equal rights and self-rule.

Fellow citizens,

We have inherited from our ancestors the lofty spirit of independence and the wisdom of grand unity. As we observe the March First Independence Movement Day today, let us reflect deep in our hearts what our patriots were trying to accomplish by defying the guns and swords of the Japanese imperialists. Let us achieve national unity and reform and forge an age of peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia. Let us leave to our posterity a legacy of a proud Republic of Korea.

Thank you.
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2005-03-15 오후 12:51:11
<![CDATA[Ministry Publishes Collection of Testimonies on Independence Movement ]]>
The collection, made up of two volumes each with some 700 pages, covers taped testimonies from 20 living patriots in and out of the country who were involved in the Liberation Army, student-, peasant-, and anti-Japanese movements in Japan.

Minister of the patriots and veterans affairs Lee Jae-dal said his ministry compiled the data, the first of its kind, to help promote popular interest in and understanding of the history of independence movement. It took two years for 17 college professors and experts to tape and edit the material.
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2005-03-15 오후 12:50:26
<![CDATA[The Memorial for Korean Independence Movement in Hawaii ]]>
The dedication ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries and officials, including Kim Jong-sung, Korea`s Vice Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Lee Mun-won, Director of the Korean Independence Hall, and Kim Chang-won, Chairman of the Centennial Committee of Korean Immigration to the United States.

The memorial is reconstructed "The Korean independence hall"(The Daehaningukminhoe hall), which was the center of the struggle for Korean independence against Japanese colonial rule. It has a total of 851 square-meters of floor space sitting on a 31,020 square-meter lot. There are four exhibition halls that display photographs, documents and other articles that testify to the history of Korean immigration to the United States and the life of Dr. Rhee Syngman, Korea`s founding president (1948-1960), who led the early Korean independence movement in Hawaii.

The Korean government donated 210 million won (about $180,000) in support of the construction, so that the memorial will serve local educational purposes and as a lasting symbol of Korean independence.
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2005-03-15 오후 12:49:47
<![CDATA[East Timor President Gusmao Visits MPVA ]]>
The East Timorese were interested in studying ways to assist veterans who fought for the independence of their nation. The delegation learned about Korea’s support systems for patriots and veterans and sought financial and technical support for veterans in East Timor.

During the ninety-minute meeting, Lee Jae-dal, minister of patriots and veterans affairs and President Gusmao discussed items of mutual concern. President Gusmao said that East Timor`s war torn country resembles the situation Korea faced in the 1950s after the Korean War. He said that more than 200,000 veterans and victims of the war in his country need help.

Gusmao also noted that Korea and East Timor share the bitter experience of Japanese colonization, and that 19,000 East Timor lost their lives during World War II. Minister Lee promised that his ministry would help East Timor create a compensation system to honor its independence fighters` contributions and sacrifices.

During the meeting, the East Timor delegation watched a video on the patriots and veterans affairs system in Korea and were briefed on the association`s assistance program by ministry officials.
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2005-03-15 오후 12:48:55
<![CDATA[Opening of the Baek Bum Memorial ]]>
The memorial is a three-story structure comprising a total of 9,682 square meters of floor-space on an 18,354 square meter lot. A statue of Baek Bum sits at the center of the first floor. On the first and second floors, there are seven exhibition rooms that display more than 500 articles, including photos, personal items, artifacts, research papers, books and films that document the life and achievements of Baek Bum. Of the 18 billion won (about $15 million)spent to build the memorial, the government donated 16 billion won and the remaining 2 billion won came from contributions of individual citizens.

Baek Bum was born in the Hwanghae-do, now in North Korea, in 1876 (1976-1949). Following Japan`s forcible annexation of Korea in 1910, he founded the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai, China and served a term as president. Subsequently, he organized the Independence Army to fight for the liberation of Korea.

In 1962, the Korean Government posthumously awarded him the Order of Merit for National Foundation for his lifelong contribution to Korean independence and unification.

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2005-03-15 오후 12:48:14
<![CDATA[Korean officials visit Turkey for Veterans Appreciation Day ]]>
The officials participated in several events to honor Turkish veterans of the Korean War and laid a wreath at the Korean War monument in the new Korean Park in Ankara.

MPVA officials also provided medical services to patients wounded in Korean War with the assistance of the Korean Oriental Medical Service Team Abroad (KOMSTA) in Ankara and Istanbul.

The delegation discussed policies related to the war veterans with the Turkish President and Minister of Defense and built on the friendship between Turkey and Korea formed during the 2002 World Cup. KOMSTA provided treatment to about 2000 persons, including war veterans, their families and other citizens, at the university hospital in Kayseri Erciyes.

Turkey dispatched about 15,000 soldiers each year of the Korean War. Some 760 died in battle. Some 460 Turkish soldiers are buried in the UN Cemetery in Busan. The Korean War veterans established Veterans Appreciation Day of Turkey in 1984, and the Turkish government coordinated related events this year.
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2005-03-15 오후 12:47:35
<![CDATA[Opening of the new 5.18 National Cemetery office ]]>
The officials paid their respects to the honored dead and unveiled a new official monument. The cemetery is now to be supervised by a staff of five officials, and a private corporation has been contracted with to maintain the grounds.
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2005-03-15 오후 12:46:49