3 Gifts for British Veterans of the Korean War -II

Written by on February 3, 2011 in Special Report
 * This is the second in a three-part series on the Three Gifts for British Veterans of the Korean War. 
 
The Second Gift – 80,000 Picture Postcards with Heartfelt Thanks
There are around 4,000 war veterans in the United Kingdom who participated in the Korean War. Most of them are aged 80 years or older, and some are unhealthy or live in difficult circumstances. Even though the exhibition was held at the Korean Cultural Centre UK located in the center of London, it was anticipated that many of them would find it difficult to visit the exhibition venue because of distance or health problems. Therefore, we decided to prepare another gift for those who could not visit the exhibition so they could see the works of art as well as feel our “heartfelt thanks”.
Pictured Postcards

Pictured Postcards

We thought picture postcards of the artwork would be appropriate gifts for the war veterans, so they can enjoy the art through the postcards without having to actually visit the exhibition. 80,000 postcards containing 40 images were made and then sent out to every veteran. Each one of the veterans received a set of 20 selected postcards. Although we received help from the British Korean Veterans Association, the task was not easy; it took almost 10 days writing down their names, sealing the letters, and sending them out. Paul Wadey, a British official at the center, readily took charge of this task with the help of a short-term intern.

A letter from a branch secretary

A letter from a branch secretary

By Yong-Ki Won, Head of the Korean Cultural Centre UK

By Yong-Ki Won, Head of the Korean Cultural Centre UK

The Korean War is now hardly remembered by many people around the world, and only by Koreans. The Republic of Korea has achieved historically significant progress and now is a country to be respected. We all are proud that we helped to lay the foundations for the country’s development. (By Manager of the Northwest Scotland Office, the British Korean Veterans Association)

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