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Walk to Remember: Young American woman on her 132K mile journey to meet Korean War heroes Updated: 2022-06-24 05:48:19 KST

June 25th marks the day that North Korea invaded South Korea, 72 years ago, triggering the Korean War.
Around 140,000 South Korean soldiers were killed in action and about 450,000 others were injured.
More than 1.9 million people from 22 countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada and Turkey, came to South Korea’s defence. Among them over 37-thousand were killed and more than 100-thousand wounded.
An armistice in 1953 ended the fighting, but no peace treaty has ever been signed and the two Koreas remain at war and divided along the 38th Parallel.
While war has become an everyday reality in South Korea with most young people feeling desensitised to it, it’s with sad irony that it's remembered for being a forgotten war.
Today, we connect with someone who has gone out of her way to remember and honour Korean War veterans, visiting every country that participated in the Korean War to thank and interview those who fought.
Hannah Kim, is the Founder of Rememer727. A media expert and activist, Hannah traveled a total of 132,100 miles across 6 continents in 30 countries between 2017 and 2019.
She’s also the official ambassador of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation USA, which is currently raising funds to add a physical Wall of Remembrance to the National Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1. First of all, what triggered this 132-thousand mile journey to seek Korean War veterans out all around the world?

2. It was a big step. Two years of your life. What were some obstacles and what made it worthwhile to keep you going?

3. It's been 72 years since the Korean War broke out. Generations have changed since June 25, 1950. What would be the reason that it still matters to the younger generation?

4. You have been highlighting the importance of the Korean War and why we should remember. It clearly has had a great influence on South and North Koreans since they, or at least their ancestors, experienced the war. But why do you think it's also important to remember it to the people outside of Korea?

5. Following the stories of the veterans how did the experience change you?

6. Recently we lost Col. William Weber, the U.S. Korean War hero. How could we show gratitude and remember them, especially now that we are losing more and more veterans?

7. The project to build the Wall of Remembrance aims to inscribe the names of the nearly 40-thousand U.S. soldiers who died in the war. Could you tell us more about the project and how you are raising awareness?

8. You lobbied Congress to pass the Wall of Remembrance Act in 2016, and helped to get July 27, officially designated as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. You've made this global trek to make the voices of the heroes heard. What's your next project?

9. Is there anything you would like to say to the people watching it now for the Korean War veterans?

Hannah Kim, Founder of Remember727 and Ambassador of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation USA. Thank you for your time.
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