At 11:00 am on November 11, citizens around the world will pause for a minute of silence to honor those who lost their lives fighting for the UN forces during the Korean War.
A Busan official revealed that the city will jointly hold the “Turn Towards Busan” event in partnership with the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs.
A memorial service will also be held at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, the resting place of veterans from eleven countries that served under the UN forces. The cemetery in Busan is the only United Nations cemetery in the world.
Korean War correspondent and President of the Canadian Korean War Commemoration Association Vincent Courtenay initiated the “Turn Toward Busan” ceremony in 2007 to remember and honor the legacy and sacrifices of the fallen Korean War veterans. He suggested an annual minute of silence at the Busan UN Memorial Cemetery at 11 a.m. on November 11.
The first event was held on Nov. 11 in 2007 when Korean War veteran soldiers from seven nations including the U.S., England, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and France took up the invitation. In 2008, the MPVA upgraded it to a governmental event, and since then, it has risen to become a global event.
In conjunction with the event, the Busan UN Memorial Cemetery is also hosting a commemoration ceremony by inviting Korean War veterans and bereaved families. Having one minute of silence at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 means that everyone becomes “one,” going beyond the border in praying for peace.
Nov. 11 is the anniversary that marks the end of World War I as well as Memorial Day for commonwealth countries including England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It is Veterans’ Day in the U.S.
How to participate
To participate in the event “Turn Toward Busan,” go to www.turntowardbusan.com and click on “Participate.” In the pop-up, choose your favorite SNS type. After that, log in or input your email address and then click “Email Verification.” After uploading a picture of your face, click on “Participation Completed.”
Source: Busan eFM News and Busan City News
The Latest Haps
The Kim Young-ran anti-graft law is taking in effect starting today. The law aims to prevent government employees and various officials from receiving bribes.
Busan Subway Lines 1, 2 and 3 have begun emergency services today due to a general strike of the Busan Metro Labor Union.
The city of Busan is looking for public input as they plan to change the look of the city’s buses for the first time in 16 years.
Schedules are up, books are printed and available, and tickets go on sale this Thursday at 2 p.m. It’s time to pull out the scratch pad and start planning your week.
Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart have been confirmed as guests for the 21st Busan International Film Festival.
Cancer remained the leading cause of death in South Korea in 2015, with fatalities from pneumonia rising sharply amid a rapidly aging population, government data showed Tuesday.
The speed limit on main roads in Busan’s downtown might be lowered to 50 km per hour, which is 10 km less than the previous speed limit.
The 6th Seomyeon Medical Street Festival is starting on September 30th.
The Busan International Food Expo 2016 will be held in BEXCO from October 6th to the 9th.
Pei Wei Asian Diner is set to open a location in Busan by the end of 2017 according to a company press release.
A new survey by MasterCard shows that Seoul is once again the 10th most popular city for travel in the world.
Busan’s neighbor to the north has a lot going for it for a fun weekend that’s not so far from home.
While many head to Thailand in search of its magnificent culture, Chiang Mai is a great place to start and one of her best offerings are her awesome temples, known as “Wats”.
North Korea’s goalkeeper gives up one of the worst goals ever — to the opponent’s goalkeeper in an AFC U-16 championship match.
A 29-year-old woman was seriously injured this month when a bungee jump operator failed to secure her rope to the safety hook.
Suyeong-gu Office runs the Stand Up Paddle Board Academy at Gwangalli Beach in September and October.