14 Newsletter -Remembrance Day, Canada/Korea
Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs website contains
on visit programs
Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs has launched its
updated website, covering three special programs in which Veterans and their next
of kin or grandchildren are invited to Korea.
Under the International Affairs
section of the website, located at www.english.mpva.go.kr
three very generous programs are described:
Ambassador for Youth (Grandchildren)
Bereaved Family Member Visit
reproduce some of those pages here to help spread the information about these
generous programs to all Korean War Veterans.
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website is to honor patriots and veterans and enhance public awareness of the
importance of appreciating and supporting them and their contributions to the
freedom and prosperity of our country.
the recent global economic downturn and its impact on our citizens, our Ministry
is taking an even stronger position to recognize and thank those who have made
great contributions and sacrifices to our nation.
We hope that our efforts
to honor and serve all patriots and veterans will enhance their sense of pride
and show to them and all others that Korea is a nation that prevails in the face
of all hardships and challenges.
year marked another signal event that figures dearly in our country’s history.
We celebrated the 90th anniversary of the March 1st Samil Independence Movement
of 1919. That is when the People of our Nation united as one and marched against
Japanese imperialism. The offshore Provisional Government was formed in Shanghai
and became the spiritual pivot for our nation’s hope and great sacrifices to attain
More than ever we feel the responsibility to carry on the patriotic
ideals our ancestors displayed then, and leverage the spirit of the March 1st
Independence Movement as a cohesive force for our nation.
2010, which marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, we have put many new
programs in place to pay tribute to the Veterans of the United Nations Forces
and to our own Republic of Korea Veterans who served side by side during the Korean
We will also participate in many of the Commemoration Committee’s programs
to honor Veterans within their home countries that cannot come to Korea.
new website lists the latest information about support services available to our
Patriots and Veterans.
We will continue to do our best as a Ministry that
faithfully serves all of our people. The MPVA website is open to everyone.
you for your support, interest and dedication.
of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
express gratitude to the United Nations Forces Veterans from all countries and
enhance their sense of pride and gratification by allowing them to witness how
Korea enjoys peace and prosperity, thanks to their noble sacrifices and dedication
MPVA has subsidized the Korean Veterans Association (KVA) to implement the program.
In the 2010, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, MPVA is taking
a more proactive role in planning this program, in consultation with the KVA and
the Embassies of 21 UN allied nations.
Between March and November (To be determined)
Veteran of the Korean War and 1 guest family member of caregiver
Approx. 2,400 persons will be invited in 2010, four times the 600 invited in 2009
and previous years.
Airfare subsidies will be provided, 50% of the cost absorbed for the Veterans
and 30% for the guest family member or caregiver.
* The Government will fully pay the airfare of Veterans and family members coming
from Ethiopia, India, Colombia and Turkey
- Visit to the Seoul National Cemetery, the War Memorial, and the Panmunjeom Armistice
- Visit battle sites relevant to each participating nation, wreath-laying and
- Official receptions and awards banquets, including recognition by the Minister
of Patriots and Veterans Affairs
The UN Veterans Revisit to Korea program began in 1975. Approximately 26,000 UN
veterans have been invited by the end of 2009.
This program was initiated in 2003 to enable next of kin family members to visit
the graves or the memorials to their Fallen loved ones.
· The MPVA
will cover all the expenses including airfare, hotel accommodations and transportation
for one member of the bereaved family but only the expenses except airfare for
an accompanying family member.
· Selections are made by Korean Embassies
abroad, in cooperation with established Korean War Veterans Associations.
the program has been held around United Nations Day (October 24th) and includes
a visit of seven days and six nights in Korea.
is made for 30-to-40 bereaved family members to participate as guests of MPVA.
Participants become acquainted with Korean culture, visit Korean industry
to see first hand how the nation has progressed and flourished, and then visit
the graves of their loved ones in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery.
- United Kingdom: 885
- Turkey: 462
- Canada: 378
- Australia: 281
- Netherlands: 117
- New Zealand: 34
- Republic of South Africa: 11
- Others: 45
- Total: 2,213
show appreciation for the sacrifice and contributions of the United Nations Forces
in the Korean War and to maintain positive ties with third and third generation
family members (grandchildren) of those who served
for this MPVA program are administered through the Korean Embassies abroad, in
cooperation with established Korean War Veteran organizations.
attend lectures and visit historic sites in Korea to become acquainted with the
contributions and achievements of their forbears.They sample Korean culture and
travel throughout Korea. They view examples of Korean industry and technology,
which contrasts vividly with the agrarian nature of Korea during the time that
their grandfathers served here.Visits are made to the Demilitarized Zone and to
the United Nations Memorial Cemetery
Event Timing: July Summer Break Period (7 Days 6 Nights)
in 2010: 300 descendents of Veterans from the 21 UN Korean War Allied Nations.
2009, the first Peace Camp for Youth Program was held with 120 participants from
Australia, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Republic
ON THIS LOGO TO OPEN THE MPVA WEBSITE
to Veterans Association websites
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