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.
본 저작물 중 본문에 해당하는 뉴스 스크립트는 공공누리 제1유형-출처표시 조건에 따라 이용할 수 있습니다.
단, 영상 자료는 저작권 문제로 자유이용이 제한되니, 담당자에게 확인하여 주시기 바랍니다.
(국제방송교류재단 김형선 : ☎02-3475-5263)