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  • S. Korea To Commemorate Philippine Troops That Fought In Korean War

A ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the Philippines' participation in the Korean War at a national cemetery in Manila on Sept. 9, 2020.
A ceremony marks the 70th anniversary of the Philippines' participation in the Korean War at a national cemetery in Manila on Sept. 9, 2020.
A ceremony will be held this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Philippines' participation in the Korean War.

The Southeast Asian country sent around 7,400 soldiers to help defend South Korea during the 1950-53 conflict, and the first group of troops arrived in Busan on September 19, 1950.

According to government data, it was the third in the world to send support after the United States and Britain.

Friday's ceremony will be held at the Korean War Monument to the Philippine Armed Forces in the city of Goyang, north of Seoul, to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers and express gratitude for their sacrifice and commitment.

One-hundred-twelve Filipino soldiers were killed during combat and 15 went missing.

Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister Park Sam-Duck, Charge de Affairs Christian L. De Jesus of the Philippine Embassy and Vice Admiral Stuart Mayer, deputy commander of the United Nations Command are expected to attend the event.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the war.

The Philippines was among 22 nations that helped South Korea fight North Korea backed by China and the Soviet Union.

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