Memorial Day in Korea (현충일)

Just as Americans have a day to remember those who have served in our nations military, the Republic of Korea also has a Memorial Day on June 6 each year. In hangul the holiday is 현충일 (Hyeon-chung-il).

On this day South Koreans remember those who have died in military service or during the independence movement during the first half of the 20th century. The day commemorates men and women who died while in military service or independence movement.

This year the country has 46 more seamen to remember after the Cheonan, a Republic of Korea naval ship, sank because of an explosion on March 26. A report by an international team of investigators, which was released in late May, concluded the a North Korean torpedo has caused the sinking.

On 현충일, Republic of Korea flags are flown at half-staff. And a commemoration ceremony is held at the National Cemetery. If you click on this link, you’ll find a photo of a young South Korean girl decorating the graves of servicemen with flags.


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