June is a month of appreciation, remembrance and public recognition of patriots and veterans in Korea. Every year on June 6, the public commemorates the allegiance and sacrificed lives of fallen heroes and military personnel who fought for the country. Memorial Day was designated as a holiday on June 25, 1956 to remember those who fought and died during the Korean War. Every year on Memorial Day at 10 AM, a siren is sounded for one minute in remembrance of those who gave up their lives for their motherland, and the national flag is flown at half-mast to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives.
Seoul National Cemetery, located in Dongjak-gu, Seoul, is a 1.4 million-square-meter resting ground for the nation’s fallen heroes and martyrs. It was designated as a Seoul Future Heritage in 2013 to foster historical remembrance of the place where fallen heroes and patriots who contributed to the country’s development are buried. Seoul National Cemetery’s burial ground was constructed with seven different burial grounds for presidents, patriots, men of national merit, military personnel, police officers, civilians, and internationals. The cemetery comprises various facilities, such as altars, burial grounds, memorial towers, memorial statues, memorial areas and rest areas, making it an appropriate place for a historical field trip.