[일반] Momentum grows for cermonies to face UN Cemetery in Korea on November 11
- Date2007-10-01 16:57:37
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September 30, 2007
Australian Veterans to participate in November 11 global program to salute Fallen Comrades in UN Cemetery
United Nations Memorial Monument on United Nations Way outside the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Nam-gu district of Busan.
While we don’t have a count yet, our Comrades in Australia are embracing the November 11 global program to “turn and salute Fallen Comrades in the UN Cemetery in Korea.”
Jim Farmer, national secretary of the Korea Veterans Association of Australia advises that he has contacted many units and thinks "It's a great idea!" Mister Farmer said he has spread the word to many and official notice of the program will be published in the KVAA’s magazine.
As we all know, our Australian chums are quick to show their grit. They stood their ground and received from their government permission to wear the ROK Korean War Service Medal on their left side.
The resourceful ROK politicians got around any conflict with their armed forces and honours regulations by stipulating the medal may be worn “in civilian dress only.”
Program gaining momentum in Canada
In Canada we have heard from several Veterans in locations from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
The various Canadian units of KVA Canada, Royal Canadian Legion and other organizations usually are enterprising. They often take action on their own locally without waiting for directives or an endorsement from their national executive.
Moreover, the program is one of local choice and all Veterans can participate, regardless of their affiliation with the various veterans organizations.
We expect that Korean War Veteran groups in all of the nations that supported the Republic of Korea during the war will observe the November 11 salute to fallen comrades.
It is very simple in format and therefore no elaborate preparations need be made.
At the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, school children and colour parties will face toward each of the 16 nations that sent troops or supporting medical units to Korea during the war.
Appropriate recognition will be given to each nation.
All around the world, at some time during November 11, local groups of Korean War Veterans will turn toward the UN Cemetery and make an appropriate acknowledgment of their choice to honour all those who fell in service.
There are 2,300 service personnel buried at the UNMCK in Busan, including: Australia 281, Canada, 378, France 44, Netherlands 117, New Zealand 17, Norway 1, Republic of Korea 36, South Africa 11, Turkey 462, United Kingdom 885, United States 36, Non-combatants 11, Unknown 4.
Although many nations repatriated their Fallen the UN Cemetery contains two memorials to all of the UN Force troops who lost their lives during the Korean War.
One of these is the United Nations Forces Monument, first dedicated in 1978 and completely refurbished in 2007. It contains a scroll of all of the known names, more than 40,000, of the Korean War casualties from the allied nations outside of Korea .
The other is the United Nations Wall of Remembrance, dedicated in 2006. Like the first UN memorial it was paid for in its entirety by the people of Korea .
The UN Wall of Remembrance has the names of 40,985 fallen servicemen engraved deeply in its granite panels.
That includes all 516 Canadians named on the Korean War Roll of Honour.
It includes the names of 36.492 service personnel from the United States , who fell in Korea .
The Memorial Wall lists those who lost their lives and who were identified and those who never returned from the front and were reported missing, presumed dead, and those who were lost at sea or in air action and never recovered.
United Nations Force Personnel
Killed in Action
and Missing in Action
listed on Memorial Wall
United Nations Memorial Cemetery
New Zealand 41
South Africa 37
Windsor Unit Making Progress with Program
One KVA Canada Unit located in Windsor , Ontario , warmly embraces the program.
Peter Remdenok, a volunteer who was his KVA unit secretary for many years, has liaised with the organization that plans and administers Windsor ’s November 11 Remembrance Day ceremonies at the city’s cenotaph.
The City of Windsor holds two services each year, both attended by upwards of 2,000 people. One is held on a Sunday closest to November 11. The other is held on the actual day of recognition.
The Korean War Fallen Comrades recognition element is being worked into the formal program and will be announced on the public address system.
During the formal program, Korean War Veterans and citizens desiring to do so will turn along a designated plot line directly toward the UN Cemetery and the 378 Canadian graves.
Comment will be made to acknowledge the seven Windsor servicemen interred there, and to express remembrance for the 16 Canadian soldiers who fell and have no known graves and the five members of the Royal Canadian Navy who were lost at sea.
Korea Vet News will soon publish an exact GPS reference so that the UN Cemetery can easily be plotted from any location on the globe.
The GPS reference was a suggestion of Veteran Doug Bamford, a member of KVA Canada Unit 61 in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
Doug thought the GPS reference would be an easy way for Veterans in small communities across Canada to align themselves with the UN Cemetery location, up to 6,000 miles distant and beyond the Pacific Ocean.
It will be of similar assistance to Veterans in remote areas around the globe.
In Windsor , Pete Remdenok is arranging for a cartographer/surveyor with the Windsor Parks and Recreation Department to establish an accurate plot line.
Please identify your group to Korea Vet News
While this is the first time that a November 11 tribute ceremony has ever been held at the United Nations Cemetery Korea , it will be acknowledged annually.
Korea Vet News is assisting in coordination of the global program.
We ask that participating Veterans groups send us the name of their local organization, and their community name, province or state and country. A contact name with telephone number and e-Mail address will be appreciated.
We will tabulate and provide the information to the UN Cemetery staff for their internal use and also in publicizing the service and helping to draw world attention to our Fallen Comrades – and to the sacrifices and noble efforts of all who served.
We also will coordinate national news efforts to acknowledge the participation of Veterans all across Canada . Full identification credit will go to “Korean War Veterans” or to their organizations.
Local news media activity will be left to each participating group.
With dozens of communities participating throughout Canada the widespread acknowledgment of our Fallen Comrades will indeed be newsworthy – although the news media of the day certainly did not pay them much heed in the 1950’s when they fell in service to their country.
The same applies on a global basis, when perhaps hundreds of Korean War Veterans groups from all 16 nations turn to Busan to honour their Fallen Comrades and remember all who served.
The program is very simple yet it will have great meaning.
It will help the world remember how citizens from many nations volunteered to rush to the aid of the people of South Korea and fulfill the commitment of their own countries to the United Nations Charter.
It will honour our Fallen Comrades and help dispel the notion that the Korean War still is “the Forgotten War.”
Very fine gentlemen are buried in the United Nations Cemetery in Busan, or commemorated there.
It would be nice, indeed, if like us, the rest of the world could say:
We will remember them!
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