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Koreans spread "yellow ribbon" message of hope Updated: 2014-04-23 15:54:01 KST

  Koreans spread "yellow ribbon" message of hope
<SOV> " ." "One small movement, Big miracles"
This simple image of a yellow ribbon bow has become a symbol of hope in the wake of one of Korea's deadliest maritime disasters.
Its message of one small movement that can lead to big miracles has resonated with people across the nation.
The Yellow Ribbon Campaign of Hope was first started by a university student club, urging people to unite in their support for those affected by the tragic accident.

"It began as a logo being distributed as a KakaoTalk wallpaper, but it spread to other aspects of everyday life that we can see like a tying a yellow ribbon or string on your backpack. Keeping them in your thoughts is also good."

The yellow ribbon campaign has spread online across social networking services such KakaoTalk, Twitter, and Facebook, with international celebrities and professional athletes also joining in to express their support for the victims.

Meanwhile, the story of Park Ji-young - a 22-year-old crew member - has deeply moved the country.
According to survivors, Park had refused to take a lifejacket and instead, kept trying to save passengers till the very end.
Her body was one of the first to be recovered from the wrecked ship.
An online petition has now attracted tens of thousands of signatures, calling for the government to designate her as a martyr.
Once legally recognized for her sacrifice, Park's family will receive financial compensation and benefits, while her body may be buried in the National Cemetery.

"Certificates issued by hospital-level medical institutions or police records to prove [her] actions are most important. In addition, identification documents from fire departments, and other authorities are also required."

The health ministry says once it receives a formal application for Park, officials will promptly examine her case for review.

Paul Yi, Arirang News
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