Today is Memorial Day to honor soldiers and martyrs who sacrificed themselves for our country. The 64th Memorial Ceremony for Memorial Day was held at the National Cemetery in Seoul. More than 10,000 people attended, including those from national merit and bereaved families, citizens, students and representative.President Moon Jae-in said “There's no liberal and conservative in front of a patriotic”and paid respect for those patriots.
The memorial service began at 10 a.m. with a memorial service tailored to the sound of sirens dedicated to martyrdom and patriots. This year's memorial service was also attended by national patriots and bereaved families and heroes around us. Staff sergeant Hwang Su-yong, who rescued a high school girl who fell into the Han River from Wonhyo Bridge during his vacation, police officer Kim Dae-hwan, who rescued a drowning man from a reservoir in Daegu, firefighters Chung Eui-sung from Haenam Fire Station in South Jeolla Province, and Kim Kyu-tae, a sergeant at the Defense Ministry's Hazardous Excavation Team, also joined a floral tribute and incense burning.PresidentMoon Jae-in awarded a certificate of merit to three families of fallen warriors whoseremains were unearthed and identified.The President delivered certificates and honored their efforts to the families of the three, including Kim Won-gap, asergeant first class general who died in 1951 at Mount Baekseok in Yanggu, Gangwon Province, Park Jae-kwon, a sergeant first classwho died in 1953 at the inner gate of Cheorwon, GangwonProvince, and Han Byung-koo, a privatefirst class who died in 1951 at Suribong in Yanggu, Gangwon Province. In the ensuing memorial performance, actress Kim Hye-soo read a letter written by Kim Cha-hee, the spouse of the late Private Sung Bok-hwan, who died in the Korean War. The memorial tablets of the late Private Sung Bok-hwan, who died in 1950, are now enshrined at the National Cemetery in Seoul.
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