Shincheonji volunteers receieved a plaque from the war veterans committee
(Korean War veterans of Saha-gu branch in Busan held a monthly meeting for September at the veteran’s hall. On this day, the committee person of Western Busan Shincheonji Volunteers, Jeong Su Kim (left) and the regional president Su Dong Park are posing for a photo. )
Jeong Su Kim, a committee person of Western Busan Shincheonji Volunteers, received a plaque of appreciation on September 8 thin Saha-gu Busan regional veteran’ shall. The plaque was given by Su Dong Park, the president of the Korean War veterans of the Saha-gu regional committee.
There are 350 active committee members of Korean War veterans in Saha-gu, Busan region, and the total number of Korean War veterans reaches up to 1,300,000 nationwide.
Approximately sixty members have participated in the September monthly meeting of the Korean War veterans of Saha-gu region. Veterans’ health promotion and helmet presentation ceremony were conducted during the meeting.
As a main event, Shincheonji volunteers presented helmets to the veterans committee, and the veterans committee handed out the plaque of appreciation to the Shincheonji volunteers to acknowledge their continuous support for the event and the commitment to the nation.
Furthermore, Shincheonji Volunteers of west Busan, Korean War veterans of Busan, and Saha-gu Women’s Association Volunteers (Song Su Ja as a president) have sponsored the monthly meeting. They even provided various kinds of health check-up booths including free acupuncture.
“It has been sixty-six years since the Korean War. It is an unforgettable tragedy for the Koreans in which the nation fought with each other” Su Dong Park, the local president of the Saha-gu, Busan Korean War Veterans said during the opening speech. He also emphasized the importance of the cessation of war by saying, “We should all work together so the pain of war shall not be passed onto the next generation. I still recall the painful memories from the battle of Heongseong vividly. I pleaded the government to work together for the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula.”
Jeong Su Kim, committee person of the Shincheonji volunteers said “I am thankful to receive this plaque on behalf of Shincheonji Church. The chairman of the church, being the Korean War veteran himself, has promised to make sure to acknowledge the contributions of the veterans and support them.”
He also said, “We will never forget their sacrifice of lives and love towards the nation. Shincheonji Volunteers will make best effort in achieving peaceful reunification and world peace”.
Su Yeon Kim, an advisor from Busan Korean Veterans Association and Saha-gu Women’s Association expressed her sympathy by saying, “When I first began my volunteering twenty years ago, the veteran members reached up to seven hundred. But now, approximately four hundred members have passed away, which means that less than half of them survived. Even among the survivors, some are not able to attend the meeting because of their health problems.”
The advisor also said, “Putting aside the veterans support volunteer, we are starting a new volunteering work by providing lunch to the Gwe Jeong Community Welfare Center starting next week. Although we are putting all our heart to prosper the region, the budget we receive from the Korean Veterans Association is not enough. The members of the volunteers often spend their own money in order to fill the gap of budget. The district office said that he will consider raising the budget at the year-end deliberation. However, it is not an easy process. We need active support for the war veterans who have dedicated their lives for the nation”.
Korean Veterans Association Saha-gu Women’s Association is a volunteering community that has about one hundred members. They have been sharing their love by supporting the war veterans by offering free meals including Korean traditional side dishes and kimchi, and they have also conducted ‘sharing the love of rice’ event. The community has been working together with Shincheonji volunteers for past two years for region’s development.
The Shincheonji volunteers are volunteering in various fields such as delivering free meals, providing traffic control patrol, giving away briquette, and donating blood.
(Shincheonji Volunteers and Korean Veterans Association and Saha-gu Women’s Association members are taking a picture with the member of the Korean War veterans committee.)