Memorial Day (현충일/ 顯忠日)

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Today (June 6) is Memorial Day/현충일/ 顯忠日. The day commemorates the men and women who died while in military service or in the Independence Movement. It especially remembers the soldiers who fell during the Korean War, also known as the “Forgotten War,” which has actually not technically yet ended. On this day, the largest national commemoration ceremony is held in Seoul National Cemetery. Throughout the country, officials and citizens pray and lay flowers at the graves of the war dead. Citizens display the flag of South Korea, which is called Tae-guk-gi, on the front doors and balconies of their homes to commemorate those civilians and soldiers who died in war. Memorial Day was declared a public holiday on April 19, 1956. Our offices will be closed for the holiday and we will return on Monday, June 10th.

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