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KOREA VET NEWS EDITION ABOUT UNMCK NOVEMBER 11 CEREMONY

  • WriterVINCE COURTENAY
  • Date2007-10-05 03:33:39
  • Count5329

Korea Vet News
Published by the Korean War Commemoration Council of Canada
Dedicated to the sacrifice and indomitable spirit of Veterans of the Korean War
October 4, 2007

Lat North 35 deg 08 min
Lon East 29 deg 06 min

Those are the exact GPS coordinates for the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea.

On November 11 we should all be looking that way to honour our Fallen Comrades who are buried there or who are commemorated there.

The program at the UNMCK in Busan is moving ahead nicely and interest in participating from afar is building around the world.
Several groups of Korean War Veterans in Canada will hold local services and face toward the UNMCK on November 11. They will decide the content and the tribute expressed to their Fallen Comrades as each observance is done locally and follows no global format.
The same thing is happening in Australia and with local groups from some Veterans groups in the United States. Australia has 281 servicemen buried in the UN Cemetery and the US has 36. US Fallen were repatriated and those buried in the UNMCK died years following the Korean War.
The British Korea Veterans Association has been contacted and we anticipate that many of our friends in the United Kingdom will also hold special programs to look toward Busan and salute the 885 British servicemen buried there.
Mister Kim Soon-bong, assistant custodian at the UNMCK advises that the famous Suk-po Elementary School choir will sing during the service.
The choir has sung at Canadian services within the UNMCK every year since 2001 when the Monument to Canadian Fallen was first dedicated.
In 2003 when a companion monument was dedicated in Ottawa, Ontario, the choir flew to Canada and provided wonderful song and music for the 1,100 Veterans gathered there.
They so impressed Prime Minister Jean Chretien that he knelt down and plucked the strings of one of the kayabom instruments that most of the girls play.

Canadian Veteran flying to Korea to participate in ceremony at Busan

One Canadian Veteran, Peter Seiresen of Nanaimo, British Columbia, will fly to Busan to represent all of his Canadian comrades at the UNMCK service.
Mr. Kim has welcomed his participation and hopes that Veterans from other nations might also feel inspired to attend.
Mr. Kim notes that the Busan branch of the Korea Veterans Association (Korea will participate in the service with many ROK Veterans of the Korean War involved.
In Canada some groups are incorporating the observance into the regular Remembrance Day service held in their communities. Others plan a separate service to turn toward Fallen Comrades buried in the UNMCK or who are commemorated there.
Sixteen Canadian soldiers who fell and who were never recovered from the front are listed on the Commonwealth Monument to Those With No Known Graves.
Through an oversight, the five members of the Royal Canadian Navy who were lost at sea on ships or in air crashes are not listed on the Monument. Veterans Affairs Canada is addressing this oversight.

Special service planned by National Capital Unit of Korea Veterans Association of Canada
The National Capital Unit of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada will hold a most impressive ceremony in Ottawa.
According to Unit President LCdr Bill Black, he is planning a ceremony to be held at the Monument to Canadian Fallen that is located in its own small park adjacent to the National Arts Centre.
The Monument was installed in 2003 and faces along a precise plot line to the UN Memorial Cemetery in Busan where the original Monument to Canadian Fallen was dedicated in 2001 and Consecrated in 2002.
Bill says his Veterans will gather at the Ottawa monument with an honour guard and flag party on the evening of September 10.
They will turn to face the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea at 9 pm, November 10.
That will be 11 am, November 11 in Busan, the time at which tribute is paid to the Fallen from all nations in the UN Cemetery service.
The piper for the Ottawa ceremonies is the renowned Jack Coghill, arguably the best piper in all Canada.
Jack was the official piper for the Veterans Affairs Canada 2003 Pilgrimage to Korea.
He played the lament to close out the three-year long Korean War Commemoration Program in Seoul at a huge international ceremony held by the United Nations Command at Yongsan Garrison.
Pipe Major Coghill is 83. He served in the Battle of the North Atlantic during World War Two with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve.
Come rain, snow, whatever, Veterans of the Korean War will be there at the Monument to Canadian Fallen in Ottawa, Bill Black promises.

Wall of Remembrance memorializes 40,895
More than 40,000 service personnel from all nations who supported South Korea during the Korean War are commemorated on the newly dedicated Wall of Remembrance. The names of 40,895 servicemen who lost their lives are engraved on the black granite panels of the wall.
The Wall has its own internal flame and a reflective meditation pond that stretched in front of it.
Korea Vet News is trying to assemble a list of communities around the world that will participate in the observance by turning toward N 35.08 by E 29.06 on November 11 to commemorate our Fallen Comrades.
This list will be shared with the UNMCK staff and will be of interest to Korean news media who cover the service.
It is a noble effort to honour our Fallen Comrades and to let the world remember the cause for which they died more than half a century ago.

We will remember them!

It is of special note that the staff of the UNMCK works tirelessly to ensure the sacrifices of service personnel and their families from around the world are remembered and that the names of those who fell in the Korean War are never forgotten.

Just opened at the UN Memorial Cemetery is the 100-meter long Daunt Waterway, a stream separating the cemetery from the adjacent green area where the Wall of Remembrance is located.
The tranquil stream was landscaped by the PARK student activity club of Pukyung National University.
The stream is planted with lotus flowers and is home to schools of colourful gold fish.

It is named for 17-year old Private J. P. Daunt of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment who was killed in action on November 6, 1951.

Private Daunt is the youngest serviceman buried in the UN Memorial Cemetery.
ribute has also been paid to the oldest serviceman buried in the cemetery.
The interior of the UN Forces Monument has been renovated and converted to an exhibition hall. It will display photographs of servicemen interred in the cemetery and various memorabilia.
The monument formerly contained scrolls with the names of more than 40,000 servicemen from UN member nations who lost their lives in Korean War service. Their names are now engraved on the granite panels of the Wall of Remembrance, which was dedicated and Consecrated in 2006.

The exhibition area has been named Carabot Hall in honour and memory of Seaman P. Carobot, who died serving as a British merchant seaman on the SS Reynold Kerr of the Merchant Navy on February 10, 1951 at age 54.

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