Monument dedicated to former sex slaves unveiled in New JerseyUpdated: 2014-08-06 03:45:57 KST
This iron butterfly has been established to remember the hundreds of thousands of women who were forced into sexual slavery before and during the Second World War by the Japanese military.
Honoring the so-called comfort women from Korea, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, the Netherlands, and Indonesia, the monument was unveiled at Liberty Plaza in Union City, New Jersey on Monday.
It is the seventh such memorial in the United States honoring the sexual slavery victims, but this one is a bit different, in that it's the first time a local government took the initiative in creating it.
Korean communities had taken the lead in other projects throughout the U.S.
"It's about human rights, it's about education. Educating our youth about what took place in the past, so we don't make the same mistakes again."
Two surviving Korean comfort women took part in the emotional ceremony that welcomed some 400 people.
"We thank the American and Korean people who have come here, and although we don't have much time left, we will live the rest of our lives with strength."
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the California District Court rejected a request from a group of Japanese-Americans who want a memorial statue that was put up last year outside of Glendale City Hall removed.
Kwon Soa, Arirang News.
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