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Worldwide Korean War Photo and Video Contest to Honor Veterans and Promote Peace

Worldwide Korean War Photo and Video Contest to Honor Veterans and Promote Peace

Worldwide Korean War Photo and Video Contest to Honor Veterans and Promote Peace

$2000 Grand Prize to be Awarded for Winner of Korean War Photo and Video Contest Launching on June 25 and Ending on July 27

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, June 24, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- A Worldwide Photo Essay and Video Contest is launching on www.Remember727.com to commemorate the anniversary of the Korean War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953), honor the sacrifices of the veterans and promote peace on the Peninsula. The Contest will begin on June 25, 2021, and end on July 27, 2021, when the winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony marking the Korean War Armistice Day.

Hosted by Remember727 and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, the Contest also aims to raise awareness and funds for the Wall of Remembrance that will be added to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC. It took almost a decade to pass legislation and raise enough money allowing the construction of the Wall, which will etch the names of the 36,574 Americans killed in the Korean War, and 7,200+ Koreans who also died while serving in the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army (KATUSA). The Groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 21, 2021, with veterans, families of the fallen, and South Korean President Moon Jae-In in attendance. Yet, not too many know about this Wall.

“Through this Contest, we hope that many people will learn about the Wall of Remembrance that will perpetually honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Korean War. The Korean War and its veterans shall no longer be forgotten,” said Col. James Fisher, executive director of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.

“We are forever indebted to the Korean War veterans all around the world who fought for Korea’s freedom,” said William Moon, treasurer of the Naeil Foundation, which is not only sponsoring the Contest but also has donated $50,000 to the Wall of Remembrance. “Our goal is to remember their sacrifices and remind everyone that Freedom is not Free.”

The Korean War is commonly referred to as the “Forgotten War.” Few know that the Korean War involved 30 nations,* claimed the lives of more than 40,000 soldiers from the United Nations Allied countries.

The 3-mile wide buffer zone between South and North Korea, known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone or the DMZ, is the most heavily armed border in the world. Today, the two Koreas remain divided and are technically still at war. More than 2.5 million Koreans. It separated more than 10 million Korean families who have yet to meet their families in the North.

“We invite you to join a worldwide effort to honor the veterans, many of whom are passing away, and hope for peace on the Korean Peninsula through your photos and videos,” said Hannah Kim, founder of Remember727, who has visited a total of 180 Korean War Memorials in all 30 countries that participated in the Korean War, including all 50 states and US Territories, and met with more than 1,200 veterans around the world. “All they want is for us to remember,” she added.

*United Nations Allied (27)—Republic of Korea, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom (including Scotland, Ireland, Wales), United States; Naval Support: Japan; Medical: Denmark, Italy, Norway, India, Sweden; Communist Forces (3)—Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Soviet Union.

**The Soviet Union aided North Korea, and unofficially participated in the Korean War from June 1950 to July 1953. It played a covert role of air intervention and medical support. Communist leader Joseph Stalin sent a small number of Soviet pilots to fight disguised as Chinese or Korean pilots. In total, there were 51 Soviet aces who fought in the Korean War. The Soviet Union deployed 400+ soldiers and suffered 40+ casualties. The memorial in Vladivostok is located at Zharinovsky Square and commemorates the 21 Russians who died on a plane that was shot down by Americans on July 27, 1953—the day the armistice of the Korean War was signed. "

***The People’s Republic of China participated in the Korean War from October 1950 to July 1953. Along with the Soviet Union, China fought on the side of North Korea. Under the leadership of Mao Zedong, China sent the People’s Volunteer Army to support the North Koreans in the war. In total, China deployed an estimated 2.7 million soldiers and suffered roughly between 149,000 to 400,000 casualties. The specifics on the number of Chinese killed, wounded, or missing in action as well as prisoners of war are still unclear. The Korean War Memorial in China is located in Dandong, less than 2 miles away from the Amrok River and the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge leading into North Korea. The memorial itself is located inside a museum dedicated entirely to the Korean War.

Hannah Kim
Remember727
media@remember727.org

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