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Yoon vows to defend freedom through firm alliance with U.S.

All News 14:09 July 27, 2022

SEOUL, July 27 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol vowed Wednesday to defend the value of freedom through a firm alliance with the United States, in a message marking the completion of a new Korean War monument in Washington.

The Wall of Remembrance, which bears the names of 36,634 U.S. troops and 7,174 members of the Korean Augmentation Troops to the U.S. Army (KATUSA) who died during the 1950-53 war -- will be unveiled in a ceremony attended by the two countries' defense chiefs on Wednesday morning (Washington time).

The unveiling has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of the armistice signing in 1953.

"Seventy-two years ago, numerous young people from the United States jumped into the gunfire of war in order to defend the Republic of Korea," Yoon wrote on his Facebook page. "They had to leave their loving families behind in order to defend the freedom of the Republic of Korea from the invasion of Communist forces."

Yoon said South Korea will forever remember the sacrifices of the "true heroes," defend the peace and freedom built on their sacrifice and dedication, and achieve prosperity.

"We will defend the value of freedom through a firm alliance without fail," he wrote.

This photo, captured from President Yoon Suk-yeol's Facebook page on July 27, 2022, shows the Wall of Remembrance in Washington. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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