“Thanks Run Forever” is the title of the photo exhibit that has been running for a few years in Seoul. The exhibit is all about the Korean War, that started on June 25, 1950, and the soldiers and civilians, both Korean and foreign, who fought for this country’s independence.
When I visited the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC on November 25, 2006, I had to choke back on my tears reading the inscription on the stone…
“OUR NATION HONORS
HER SONS AND DAUGHTERS
WHO ANSWERED THE CALL
TO DEFEND A COUNTRY
THEY NEVER KNEW
AND A PEOPLE
THEY NEVER MET.”
That day I visited Washington, DC I was with my son who was just six months old. He had to stay in the car but I was thinking of him while reading those words. If not for those who sacrificed with their blood, sweat and tears to fight for the freedom of South Korea, my life would probably be different. And I know that it’s just not me but the millions of people who live in this country. Their sacrifice is not in vain. The South Koreans are forever grateful and fighting to protect that freedom. Through the years, they have been working hard to live better lives and contribute to the world.
Last Friday, Rep. Jasmine Lee met with a few of the living Filipino veterans of the Korean War at the National Assembly in Seoul. The veterans said they are proud to see how South Korea have developed economically and that they are thrilled to visit the country again. They also visited the Monument for the Philippine Armed Forces who fought during the Korean War. The monument is located in Goyang in Gyeonggi-do. I haven’t been there but I’m planning to go there in the summer.