Tameside has helped honour local veterans of the Korean War with a special event.
Staff and students from Pukyong National University in South Korea travel extensively every year to say thank you to veterans of the Korean War, fought from 1950 to 1953.
Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC), with support from Tameside Council, helped arrange a formal ceremony at the Village Hotel, Ashton, yesterday (7) to facilitate them meeting and to pay tribute.
Thirteen Korean students and four members of staff attended to honour the veterans and also had the opportunity to say thanks personally to the 11 local veterans present.
The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Denise Ward, attended to welcome the visitors and present certificates of thanks to the veterans. Wing Commander Roy Catterall DL also attended to represent the Lord Lieutenant.
Britain lost over 1,100 men in Korea in combat. The Korean people and students are very passionate about honouring veterans from the conflict and look after our fallen’s graves at Pusan in conjunction with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and an international effort.
Councillor Ward said in her speech at the event: “As the Civic Mayor I am always delighted to meet with members of the Armed Services and applaud those who support them and uphold the spirit of respect, remembrance and gratitude, which I know our community here in Tameside have for those who now serve and those who have served.
“I am especially pleased to welcome our friends from Korea. I understand that you have a proud and honourable tradition of saying ‘thank you’ to our veterans and those of other nations around the world, who fought and often fell in the defence of your country. This is a huge task and I was amazed by the dedication you have which is exemplary, with compassion in your country and an incredible mission to take that message out to wherever the veterans live around the world.
“I promise to our friends from Korea that your pilgrimage here is very much appreciated and we wholeheartedly thank you for coming. There will always be a welcome for you here and you leave us with our best wishes for your future and our thanks for attending our fallen in the cemetery in Pusan.”
Sponsorship for the event was provided by the Ashton branch of Howarth Timber and Premier Kia in Dukinfield with the Village Hotel generously providing facilities either for free or at a very reduced rate.