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Remains of 68 Korean War heroes come back home after 70 years
Updated: 2021-09-24 17:27:26 KST
Coming back home 70 years after the Korean War.
The remains of Sth Korean soldiers that were killed in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir were discovered by North Korea and sent to Hawaii along with those of American troops.
President Moon Jae-in, just ahead of his departure from Hawaii, attended a joint ceremony with the U.S. for the handover of the remains.
Moon received the remains of 68 Korean soldiers from the U.S. including those of two soldiers who have been identified as private first class Kim Seok-joo and Jung Hwan-jo who were transported on Moon's presidential jet after the event.

"Two of the South Korean heroes Kim Seok-joo and Jung Hwan-jo have been brought aboard Air Force One. Please stand up and greet the two heroes with reverence."

The caskets carrying the bodies were draped in the South Korean national flag.
And, were placed on the seats of the aircraft in a show of high respect for the wartime heroes.
As they entered South Korea's air defense identification zone, their aircraft was escorted by four F-15K fighter jets to honor their return.

"Leave the duty of national protection to us and rest in peace in your home country. From now on, the Korean Air Force will safely escort your way."

A repatriation ceremony was held at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam and eight family members of private first class Kim Seok-joo and Jung Hwan-jo were at the event.
"Heroes, thank you for your service, we will remember your names."
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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