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  • “Yun Bong-gil Rose of Sharon”
    [Mayor Park Won Soon’s Hope Journal 628]

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  • At the age of 24, Yun Bong-gil sacrificed his life for our nation.

    Now, 83 years later, we plant a rose of Sharon bush from his birthplace

    at his grave site to honor the hero who helped save our nation.

    The “Yun Bong-gil Rose of Sharon” will grow based on our love for our country and bloom in our hearts. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule, we will plant and tend one rose of Sharon bush for each of our country’s patriotic martyrs, five in total, starting with Yun Bong-gil and including Kim Ku, Yi Bong-chang, Baek Jeong-gi, and An Jung-geun, in Hyochang Park, where their graves are located.

    Afterwards, we will collect 33 cuttings from each of these bushes, plant them, and give them to the descendants of these patriotic martyrs, as well as to elementary, middle, and high schools in Seoul.

    To our neighboring country, which has not repented its past, there is probably nothing more terrifying than seeing us record and remember its atrocities.

    On your way home from work today, think about what Joseph Choi (20), an undergrad student, asked Japanese Prime Minister Abe, who visited Harvard University on the 27th of this month:

    “I apologize in advance if my question comes off as provocative, but it has to do with a topic that weighs heavily on my heart. As someone with ties to South Korea, I know that the comfort women issue has been a source of contention between my country and yours…In the face of [so much evidence], do you still deny the Japanese government’s explicit involvement in the subjugation of hundreds of thousands of women into coerced sexual slavery?”

    #YunBong-gil #ParkWonSoon #JosephChoi

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