South Korea has many museums and memorials commemorating the war and its heroes. Jets flew over the major battlefields on this day. However it seems that South Korea “celebrated” the event by having fun.
I started the anniversary day in Busan, site of the "Pusan Perimeter." North Korea invaded with such superior force and resistance was so woeful that all but the 10 percent of the country around Pusan had been capture. U. S. blew up the bridges leading into Pusan." Busan was also where the South Korea government punished thousands of postal workers for striking, one of many acts of resistance against the right wing government.
These are pictures were taken outside the Busan Train Station on the day of the anniversary. Elsewhere in the city, 400,000 were out on the beaches.
AN INTENSE, BRUTAL YEAR, THEN STALEMATE
Of the America's POW, 43 percent died in prisons. Koreans on both sides were eating bark for food toward the end.
I ended the day in Seoul, going north on Korea's "bullet train" which hit 180 MPH.
North Korea invited anyone who would come to celebrate a great victory over the United States, as it has done many times. There was a big military parade and probably tens of thousands of synchronize dancers, for which it is become famous. This same week North Korea again walked out of talks to reopen a special business and manufacturing center on the border which has provided thousands of badly needed jobs for the North particularly.
KOREA'S AID TO TWENTY-ONE DEFENDERS
The weekend was touching for stories that appeared in Korean papers about aid the country has given over 60 years to countries which came to its aid. Sixteen countries sent combatants and five non-compatants. Of 23,000 Phillipinos who service, less than 100 are alive today. Similar ratios in Ethiopia and Columbia. Yet some these veterans or their families were in Seoul for the celebration. Those who hadn't been back were excited and proud to see what had become of the poor country they defended. "Ethiopia was better off than Korea back then," said one veteran. The same story from other countries.
At the end of their lives, seeing what Korea has become made them proud and excited to have fought for its freedom.
We don't know much about Korea's foreign aid but what we now know is that it has been of long duration in most of those 21 countries. The Ethiopians, for example, had been in Korea for training in the electronics industry and many of them intended to stay (being descendants of the Korean fighters). Korea, like Japan, will need immigrant to sustain its economy over time.