Last modified: 2014-11-29 by zoltán horváth
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image by Randy Young, 23 November 2014
While walking around downtown Seoul on a recent trip to South Korea, I came
across flag flying from several streetlights in the area around Yongsan. It was
always in conjunction with the South Korean national flag. Doing some research
on the Hangul inscription that appeared in black below a red, white, and blue
swirling logo, I discovered that this logo (and presumably the flag as well)
represents the South Korean Ministry of Patriots' and Veterans' Affairs.
According to the Ministry's website, it was founded in 1961 as the Military Relief Office. It was renamed the Ministry of Patriots' and Veterans' Affairs in January 1985. It is a non-cabinet agency that reports directly to the Prime Minister. The Ministry's current mission statement is "To honor and serve those who have dedicated their lives and sacrificed for our country, and to preserve and promote their patriotic spirit."
Randy Young, 23 November 2014