• 최종편집 2024-07-15(월)
 

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Throughout history, there exist moments that shape nations, redefine borders, and secure freedoms cherished by millions. The Korean War stands as a poignant testament to such a defining chapter, where the bravery and sacrifice of United Nations and Korean soldiers became the foundation upon which modern South Korea flourishes today. As I reflect on my recent attendance at the 74th UN Korea War Commemoration in Busan, I am compelled to underscore the profound impact of honoring those who fought for our liberties.

The event was not merely a commemoration but a stark reminder of the detrimental period in the Korean Peninsula from 1950 to 1953. It was a solemn occasion where veterans, dignitaries, and citizens alike gathered to pay homage to the fallen heroes. The ceremony, consisting of singing the National Anthem and 6/25 Korean War song as well as the placing of flowers and bowing, was a gesture of respect toward those who sacrificed their lives, so that we may live in a society of liberty. Thus, at the heart of the commemoration lay a poignant truth: the freedom we cherish today in South Korea was purchased at a high price—the blood, sweat, and tears of those who fought tirelessly on our behalf. Their courage transcended borders, their sacrifice transcended time, leaving an unforgettable mark on our conscience. As I listened to the older generation slowly join the singing by the younger generation’s choir, I was in awe: the events of the Korean War will never be forgotten, as we have collectively endured it as a culture.  

The Korean War was not just a conflict of ideologies; it was a crucible that tested the resilience of humanity. The UN troops, combined by those from countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, and many others, underscored a collective commitment to defend freedom and democracy against aggression. For South Korea, these soldiers were not just allies; they were the vanguard against tyranny and oppression, ensuring that the light of liberty continued to shine amidst the darkness of conflict. The UN soldiers who stood shoulder to shoulder with Korean forces exemplified the highest ideals of international cooperation and selflessness. Their efforts went beyond military strategy; they embodied a steadfast commitment to uphold justice and preserve peace—a legacy that continues to resonate in today's interconnected world. 

The 74th UN Korean War Commemoration in Busan was a profound testament to the enduring significance of remembrance and gratitude. It reinforced the importance of preserving the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and reaffirmed our responsibility to honor their legacy. As we look towards the future, let us never forget the lessons of the past nor diminish the sacrifices that secured our present liberties. May we always cherish and respect the fallen UN and Korean soldiers who contributed immeasurably to our lives, as the help of the U.S. and UN forces was crucial in maintaining the democracy and freedom we are able to enjoy now, so we are forever indebted to both the fallen and active soldiers who share the same goal: preserving the freedom and liberty of the Korean people and the world. 

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