Media Release: Governor-General commemorates 60 years since the Korean War
24 February 2013

24 February 2013

MEDIA RELEASE

Governor-General commemorates 60 years since the Korean War

As Commander-in-Chief, the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, marked 60 years since Australia’s involvement in the Korean War during a visit to Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Standing beside the Military Demarcation Line on the 38th Parallel, the Governor-General reflected on the courage and actions of the 17,500 Australians who fought in the United Nations’ forces between 1950-1953.

“We honour the service of the 340 Australians killed in action; their legacy, their courage, the sacrifice they shared with millions of Korean civilians and military personnel,” the Governor-General said.

“They laid the foundations for the strong friendship that exists between Australia and the Republic of Korea today – a relationship forged in the pursuit of peace and security.”

On Tuesday 26 February, the Governor-General will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial to commemorate the involvement of Australian Defence personnel in the Korean War.

The Governor-General is currently representing Australia at the Presidential Inauguration of Madame Park Geun-hye, who is the first female President to be elected in the Republic of Korea