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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 23, 2021 / -- A Worldwide Photo Essay and Video Contest is launching on 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 Kingdom of Denmark participated in the Korean War from January 1951 to July 1953. The Kingdom of Denmark dispatched the hospital ship MS Jutlandia to Korea. In total, the Kingdom of Denmark deployed a crew of 187 as well as 91 doctors and nurses. Jutlandia was the only hospital ship during the war that also treated civilians, at the request of the Danish doctors on board. In 999 days during her service in Korea, Jutlandia's hospital cared for 4,981 wounded allied soldiers from 24 different nations and over 6,000 civilian Koreans. The memorial located in the city of Copenhagen is built with stone from Korea and commemorates the departure location of the MS Jutlandia.

***The Kingdom of the Netherlands participated in the Korean War from July 1950 to January 1955. The Regiment van Heutsz is a line infantry regiment of the Royal Netherlands Army that was formed during the Korean War. It was named after Governor-General J.B. van Heutsz who sent an infantry battalion and 3 destroyers to Korea. In total, the Netherlands deployed 5,322 soldiers and suffered 768 casualties. According to the statistics provided by the South Korean government, there were 120 killed in action, 645 wounded in action, and 3 prisoners of wars. The memorial in the Netherlands is located near Amsterdam, inside the military compound in Arnhem. Outside the Korean War Museum stands a beautiful obelisk paying tribute to the fallen, their names engraved on the side panels.

Hannah Kim