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6 soldiers of 2nd Battle of Yeonpyeong buried in joint grave site in 13 years

6 soldiers of 2nd Battle of Yeonpyeong buried in joint grave site in 13 years

Posted September. 18, 2015 03:07,   


Thirteen years after the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong, South Korea’s “six soldiers” of the Sea Eagle who died in an armed struggle with their North Korean counterparts gathered all together. “The joint grave for the six soldiers has been newly established in Daejeon National Cemetery and the joint burial ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday,” Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs revealed on Thursday.

Lieutenant Commander Yoon Yeong-ha, Senior Chief Petty Officer Han Sang-guk, Chief Petty Officer Seo Hu-won, Cho Cheon-hyeong, Hwang Do-hyeon and Petty Officer 2nd Class who died during the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong in June 29, 2002 had been buried in four different spots before they were moved to the same place of Daejeon National Cemetery.

“Growing number of people came to pay respect to them as more than 6 million movie goers watched the movie “Northern Limit Line” and they felt sorry for the fallen soldiers who were not offered the joint grave site,” sources from the Ministry said. “Some of the bereaved families had been reluctant to moving the grave but the agreement was dramatically reached on the night of Sep. 15.”

Some 300 meters over to the North West from the joint grave for 46 heroic soldiers of the Cheonan, the newly-established grave site will have a new sculpture and signs. An alter-shaped sculpture (100 centimeters in width, 90 in length and 73 in height) was made of black stone. The previous inscription on the gravestone was changed from “Died near Yeonpyeongdo Island” to “Died during the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.” Attendees of the joint burial ceremony include Director Kim Hak-soon of the movie “Northern Limit Line”, its writer Choe Soon-jo and some of the cast.