Marking the 61st anniversary of the end of the Korean War
with a commemorative lunch in Dunedin on Saturday were
veteran Ken Mowat (second from right), granddaughter Laura
Fleming (20) and Republic of Korea ambassador Yongkyu Park.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
The sacrifice of veterans was commemorated with a lunch
in Dunedin on Saturday to mark the 61st anniversary of the end
of the Korean War.
Republic of Korea ambassador Yongkyu Park, of Wellington,
said eight veterans from Otago enjoyed a meal at Tokyo Garden
Japanese Restaurant on Saturday with about 20 family members
and people from the Korean community.
''This is an expression of our gratitude and thanks to the
veterans for their sacrifice through the Korean War.''
Their sacrifice had allowed for the development of South
Korea over the past 61 years, he said.
The annual luncheon began in Dunedin in 1995 and the venues
had been downsized as the number of surviving veterans
The eight veterans at the lunch on Saturday were aged between
78 and 91, Mr Park said.
Ken Mowat (91), of Dunedin, said he was at the war from the
''kick off'' and recalled arriving in Busan - South Korea's
second largest city - and hearing an American band playing
the song If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake.
Another lasting memory was the city being ''absolutely
chock-a-block'' with refugees.
The refugees had arrived in the city by train.
''They held on the train wherever they could, hanging on
inside and outside, some holding teddy bears. It was bloody