On the occasion of the 100th National Sports Festival, the city of Seoul has extended a special invitation to 14 descendants of persons of distinguished service to the independence of Korea who are living overseas, in Cuba, Mexico, China, and the United States.
The special invitation was made with the purpose of reflecting the historical significance of the National Sports Festival —which has its roots in the Joseon National Baseball Championship (1920), a competition that took place based on national union— the 100th edition of which coincides with the centenary of the March 1 Movement and the establishment of the provisional government of the Republic of Korea.
Six out of 14 are the descendants of independence activists who took the lead of a large-scale supporting campaign in Mexico at the time of the March 1 Movement and constantly provided funds for the independence movement to the provisional government of the Republic of Korea from the countries of Mexico and Cuba. The guests are treading on the soil of their homeland for the first time in response to the invitation from the central and local government.
The descendants of independence activists who are visiting Korea this time will stay in Seoul for 9 days and 8 nights on October 2-11, 2019, to participate in various events and activities. During their stay, they will partake in a variety of programs, including visiting historic sites of the independence movement, the Independence Hall of Korea, and Namsangol Hanok Village.
Seoul also invited these guests of honor to join the teams of Korean players living overseas at the official welcoming luncheon that will be held on October 8 by the Mayor of Seoul in order to pay grateful homage to the sacrifice and commitment of the independence activists of the nation.