Heritage of Korean Independence president Kim Won-woong pays respect to youngest independence patriot

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(PowerKorea) Heritage of Korean Independence president Kim Won-woong visited on March 26 the grave of the youngest independence activist Ju Jae-nyeon in Yeosu City and paid respect. Kim and Yeosu Officie of Education superintendent Kim Hae-ryeong, and Yeosu Dolsan Elementary School principal Jo Jae-ik planted a tree at the school, Ju’s alma mater afterwards.

14 years old Ju was born on January 28, 1929. He spread words that Korea’s independence was near and wrote on walls of paths ‘Korea and Japan are two different nations’, ‘Japan will fall’, ‘Hurrah Korea’ and ‘Light of Korea’. Japanese police threatened around 100 villagers to reveal who wrote the words on the walls and they would burn up the whole village if they hold their tongues. Ju turned himself, was arrested, sentenced to eight months in jail with 4 years of probation. But during his 4 months stay in prison, he was tortured and died next year from the aftereffects. He was honored with Order of Merit for National Foundation Patriotic Medal by South Korean government in 2006.  

Kim visits Busan Gupo Elementary School

Heritage of Korean Independence president Kim Won-woong paid a visit to Busan Gupo Elementary School, planted a tree and erected a statue to mark the the 100th years of independence movement activist Yoon Hyun-jin’s demise. The school is Yoon’s alma mater and lawmaker Chun Jae-soo, Busan Office of Education superintendent Kim Suk-joon, Busan Buk District Mayor Jeong Myeong-hee, Gupo Elementary School Principal Kim Sun-ja, and some students joined the planting and erecting ceremony. 

Yoon (Sept 20, 1892~Sept 16, 1921) was born in Yangsan City and studied law at Meiji University Tokyo, Japan, during which he organized Korean Students Club and led the anti-Japanese movement. Back in Korea in 1909, he formed a secret society with An Hee-jae and also opened Uichunhakwon in Yangsan to support juniors. He proactively engaged in the March 1 Movement in 1919 and exiled to Shanghai where he made connections with independence movement activists and joined in building the provisional government alongside Kim Gu, Lee Si-young, Lee Dong-nyeong, Noh Baek-rin, Yeo Woon-hyung and Shin Ik-hee. He took in charge of finance and donated 300,000 won (266 USD) from Baeksan Sangheo to be used for provisional government military. He turned Independent Newspaper to a corporation in 1920 and raised money with Ahn Chang-ho. He died at the age of 30 and his remains brought back to Daejeong National Cemetery in 1995. He was honored with Order of Merit for National Foundation Independence Medal by South Korean government in 1962.

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