Posted June. 30, 2009 08:13,
The Navy held a ceremony yesterday in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the 2002 inter-Korean naval clash near Yeonpyeong Island on the Yellow Sea.
At the Navys Second Fleet Command, around 1,500 people attended the event including Prime Minister Han Seung-soo, Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee, the bereaved families of those killed in the naval battle, and citizens.
Han said in a speech, The heroes who fought to protect our sea are still alive in our hearts. The Republic of Korea will remember their names forever. The second battle of Yeonpyeong, provoked by a sudden North Korean attack, ended in victory."
"After the battle, we just let six heroes go with no official ceremony to honor their sacrifices. But the Lee Myung-bak government has changed the name of the clash into the Second Yeonpyeong Naval Battle and considers it as a victory for the Navy.
The battle broke out around 10 a.m. on June 29, 2002, when two North Korean patrol boats crossed the Northern Limit Line and attacked a South Korean high-speed patrol boat.