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Remains of 499 soldiers enshrined in gov't ceremony

All Headlines 14:36 December 13, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- The remains of 499 South Korean troops killed in action were laid in state Wednesday at a government-hosted ceremony, a demonstration of the nation's resolve to honor their sacrifice during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon attended the event at the Seoul National Cemetery, along with hundreds of dignitaries and bereaved families. It was supported by the Agency of Killed In Action Recovery & Identification at the Ministry of National Defense.

The remains were found between March and November at 84 former battlefields across the country, according to the team.

South Korea's military officially began the remains recovery project in April 2000.

A total of 9,957 sets of remains, identified as those of South Korean soldiers killed in the war, have been discovered.

South Korean soldiers hold a ceremony at the Seoul National Cemetery on Dec. 13, 2017, to enshrine the remains of those killed in action during the Korean War. (Yonhap)

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