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Importance of remembering Korean War

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By Gudmundur Hegner Jonsson

June marks the time of the year when we remember the outbreak of one of history's most devastating conflicts. Still not technically over despite starting 72 years ago, the Korean War claimed the lives of nearly five million people.

Such losses demand ongoing remembrance for a number of reasons, not at least for gratitude and future deterrence of such monumental human suffering. Indeed, these were important themes that recurred in the results of a recent survey of our school's students ahead of this year's Korean War anniversary on June 25.

Bearing in mind that these are international school students of diverse nationalities and ages, we asked them, "Why is it important to learn about and remember the Korean War?" I would like to take this opportunity to share some broad themes that run through their answers to shed light on what our future generations think and believe about the so-called "Forgotten War."

"It is important to learn about and remember the Korean War because thousands of people, both soldiers and civilians, were killed. Also, soldiers from other countries along with Koreans sacrificed themselves to free South Korea and we have to remember their brave actions," wrote one student.

The majority of students expressed their appreciation for the sacrifices of those........

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