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  • The 96th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 611]

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    How was the beginning of your week?

    Whether you’re thinking about what to do after work, or upset about having to work overtime, I hope that you have an umbrella, since there is a good chance that it’s going to rain today.

    And along with your umbrella, I also hope that you remember what I am about to tell you below:

    Exactly 96 years ago today, patriotic martyrs of our country gathered together in Shanghai, China, to secure the independence of our country. They established the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.

    In the preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea, it states, “We, the people of Korea, proud of a resplendent history and traditions dating from time immemorial, upholding the cause of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, born of the March 1st Independence Movement of 1919…”

    Thanks to their sacrifice and devotion, we were able to establish the government of the Republic of Korea after the liberation of our country.

    When I visited China in November last year, the very first thing on my schedule was a meeting with the descendants of national independence workers residing in China. Following that, I visited the site of the Provisional Government in Shanghai and wrote in the guestbook: “A nation that forgets its past has no future.”

    The words of “Baekbeom” Kim Koo, who served as the first premier of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, still echo in our hearts, presenting us with questions and making us feel ashamed for how we lead our lives today.

    “I want to be the gatekeeper of the Provisional Government. I want to do whatever I can to make my only dream, our national independence, come true.”

    “Watching the Japanese working day and night to swallow someone else’s nation, I asked myself, ‘Have I ever worked as hard as those Japanese?’ And tears of shame filled my eyes.”


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