Today, on Memorial Day, President Yoon Seok-yeol said, “The Republic of Korea stands on the sacrifice and dedication of those who devoted themselves to independence and establishment to build a free democratic country, and those who defended freedom against communist totalitarian forces . ”
President Yoon attended the 68th Memorial Day ceremony held at the Seoul National Cemetery this morning and said in his memorial address, “I pay my respects to the ancestors who made noble sacrifices for the country.”
President Yoon entered the memorial ceremony with his wife, First Lady Kim Kun-hee, and the families of soldiers, policemen, and firefighters who died in the Korean War and those who lost their jobs.
The president’s office explained that it was “an expression of the government’s will to best honor the grieving families of heroes who devoted themselves to the country.”
President Yoon emphasized that he would remember and honor them until the end, saying, “The reason why we can live a safe daily life even now is because there are heroes in uniform who think for the country and the people first before themselves. security.”
At the same time, he said excavation work would continue for 120,000 of the 160,000 Korean soldiers whose remains were not found.
President Yoon presented certificates of national merit to five people, including reserve sergeant Park Hyun-min, who survived the battleship Cheonan, and thanked them for their dedication to the country.
About 7,000 people attended the memorial ceremony, including national figures such as Supreme Court Chief Kim Myung-soo, Audit and Inspection Board Director Choi Jae-hae, Minister of Strategy and Finance Chu Gyeong-ho, senior military officers such as Kim Seung -gyeom, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Kim Ki-hyun, representative of People Power, citizens and students.