Posted by: rbbadger | February 16, 2009

War Memorial to the soldiers of Belgium and Luxembourg

In Dongducheon, Gyeonggi-do, there is a small memorial to the troops of Belgium and Luxembourg who helped fight in the Korean War, the first UN managed “police action” (as Truman called it).  Anyhow, I thought it was worth a peek, as seeing French and Luxembourgish (which later turned out to be Dutch) anywhere in Korea is pretty rare.

Anyhow, here’s a view of the memorial from the steps.

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The Belgian side is in French, something of an irony given the great hostility between Dutch and French speakers that exists in that country.

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Finally, we come to the Luxembourg side which is written in Dutch.  Luxembourg has three official languages, namely Luxembourgish (a German dialect), French, and standard German.  However, Dutch is one of the languages of Belgium and French is the language used in law and government in Luxembourg.

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Here is a listing of Belgian soldiers who fell in the Korean War.

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Likewise, the soldiers from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg who fell are also commemorated.

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Responses

  1. Hello,

    I would like to use your pictures of this war memorial on my website dedicated to the Belgians who died in wars.

    May I ask you to contact me via private mail.

    Thank you in advance.

    Danny
    Arlon, Belgium

    • I’m sorry for my long reply. You are free to use the photos. Could you please direct me to your site?


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