June 30, 2010 09:29
A government ceremony honored fallen sailors on the eighth anniversary of the Yeonpyeong naval skirmish at the War Memorial in Yongsan, Seoul on Tuesday.
On June 29, 2002, during the World Cup in South Korea and Japan, six South Korean sailors were killed and 18 others wounded in a surprise attack by a North Korean patrol boat.
The memorial ceremony was held at the Second Naval Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province until last year but has now moved to the War Memorial.
Organized by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Tuesday's ceremony was attended by some 2,500 people, including Prime Minister Chung Un-chan, Defense Minister Kim Tae-young, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Kim Yang, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army, Navy and Air Force chiefs of staff, families of the fallen sailors, wounded sailors, military officers and ordinary citizens.
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