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Honoring Korean War veterans on 68th anniversary of armistice agreement Updated: 2021-07-27 17:10:17 KST

Amid the scorching heat and spike in COVID-19 cases across the country people are still coming to visit the War Memorial of Korea and pay their respects to the nation's war heroes.

"I am from a generation that's experienced the Korean War. The armistice deal was signed today, July 27th so I came here because I know someone who died during the battle."

"Our children are on vacation, so we came to see the memorial. It feels like we've forgotten about it Now, I'm just proud that South Korea is a powerful country, but it feels painful thinking about their sacrifices."

July 27th, 1953 is the date when the armistice was signed after three years of combat and millions of casualties recorded during the Korean War.
The armistice was an opportunity to negotiate peace on the Korean Peninsula but 68 years later, that settlement hasn't been achieved with two Koreas still divided along the 38th parallel.
According to the defense ministry, it is estimated that more than 137-thousand soldiers from South Korea and nearly 38-thousand from the UN peacekeeping forces, sacrificed their lives during the Korean War.
In total, 22 countries fought alongside South Korea under the UN flag after the war broke out.

"Along this corridor is a list of people who sacrificed their lives for the country. It is thanks to their courage, that we can enjoy freedom and peace today.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News."
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