Thank you, all the men and women that have laid down their lives. Truly there is no greater love one can extend to another (John 15:30). As we remember the ultimate sacrifices made by all of these brave men and women, my heart is personally drawn to the Korean War veterans.
The freedom that I and millions of others enjoy in my birthplace of South Korea came at the price of their sacrifice.
According to History.com: “The Korean War was relatively short but exceptionally bloody. Nearly 5 million people died. More than half of these–about 10 percent of Korea’s prewar population–were civilians. (This rate of civilian casualties was higher than World War II’s and Vietnam’s.) Almost 40,000 Americans died in action in Korea, and more than 100,000 were wounded.”
Here’s a quick sketch of the Korean War Memorial, whose haunting engraved words inspire me: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met [1950 • Korea • 1953]”