President Yoon Seok-yeol attended the ceremony commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the May 18 Democratization Movement held at the May 18 National Cemetery in Gwangju on the 18th. Attending the ceremony for the second year in a row following last year, on this day, members of the People’s Power and members of the State Council were mobilized in the passport.
President Yoon personally greeted the “Mothers of May” who lost their families during the May 18th at the “Gate of Democracy” at the entrance of the cemetery, and then walked about 200m to the memorial tower and entered with them. The President’s Office explained that this year was a departure from the custom of entering with important figures.
Most of the attendees wore raincoats as it rained from dawn at the ceremony, but President Yoon did not wear one.
After singing the national anthem, when President Yoon lays flowers and burns incense, the families of the victims of the May 18th and student representatives joined in.
President Yoon sang the ‘March for the Beloved’ along with the attendees at the end of the ceremony. The host asked them to hold hands and sing together, but President Yoon clenched his fists and sang. At the ceremony last year, President Yoon held hands with the person next to him and sang a marching song for him.
President Yoon Seok-yeol shakes his fist while singing the ‘March for Beloved’ at the 43rd anniversary of the May 18 Democratization Movement held at the National May 18th National Cemetery in Buk-gu, Gwangju on the 18th. /Newsis
Most of the opposition figures in the front row that day메이저사이트, including Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung and Justice Party leader Lee Jung-mi, also shook their fists.
After the ceremony, President Yoon visited the tombs of Jeon Yeong-jin, Kim Jae-young, and Jeong Yun-sik, who are buried in the first cemetery, and paid his respects and comforted the bereaved families.
While visiting the cemetery, President Yoon instructed Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs Park Min-sik, “Expand the Democratic Hall rest area (at the entrance of the cemetery) to secure space so that the bereaved families who visit the cemetery where their families are buried can eat lunch and rest.” Kim Eun-hye, chief of public relations, said.
President Yoon Seok-yeol greets the 43rd anniversary of the May 18 Democratization Movement held at the National May 18th National Cemetery in Buk-gu, Gwangju on the 18th, before giving a commemorative address. /yunhap news
This year’s ceremony was held under the theme of ‘The Spirit of May, Together with the People’. The purpose is to remember the spirit of May, which protected the values of liberal democracy and human rights, and inherit it responsibly together.
About 3,000 people attended the ceremony, including the May 18 Democrats of merit and bereaved families, key government figures, students, and citizens. About 170 people attended, including National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, Supreme Court Chief Kim Myung-soo, Constitutional Court President Yoo Nam-seok, Deputy Prime Minister Chu Kyung-ho, ministers of central government agencies, presidential staff and members of the ruling and opposition parties.