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Korean War Memorial

Today a monument commemorating Britain’s involvement in the Korean War was unveiled in London.  The Korean War is frequently described as ‘The Forgotten War’ around the world, this is certainly the case in the UK.   

Between 1950 and 1953 the British armed forces contributed approximately 82,000 personnel to the UN Mandated intervention led by the United States.   Britain lost over 1,000 men killed during the war however, this is dwarfed by the larger human cost of the war with almost 3 million military and civilian casualties recorded.

The United Kingdom is one of the last major combatants to commemorate the conflict with an official memorial.  The Memorial itself consists of a bronze statue of a British soldier wearing a raincloak, with his Lee-Enfield Rifle No.4 slung and his helmet in hand.  Sculpted by Philip Jackson, the statue stands in front of an obelisk of portland stone with ‘The Korean War 1950 - 1953 simply inscribed.  The memorial was paid for by the Republic of Korea in honour of the efforts of British servicemen during the war. 

Britain’s military personnel involved in the conflict were mainly drawn from the veteran cadre of the British Army and the thousands of young men who were serving their National Service.  Today, 320 veterans of the war were present for the unveiling of the Memorial, the culmination of many years campaigning for commemoration of their service.  

Described as ‘The Forgotten War’ in part because of its inconclusive ‘end’ and partly because it its general lack of media coverage and public recognition.  Even during the conflict the war garnered little attention from the war weary British public.  It is often said that it is overshadowed by the Second World War which preceded and, at least in America, the Vietnam War which followed it.   In a sad irony, the British press have neglected to widely cover the dedication of the memorial, but at least the conflict now has a lasting memorial.

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Kyle Vasquez, 16

Daniel Rohrbough, 15

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre. When most people talk about the event, emphasis is put onto the shooters and questioning their motives. Rarely are the names of the victims shown. I’d like to ask that instead, the focus this time be on remembering the victims and their families. 

I was sixteen, I put some american dollars in an envelope and sent it over the sea. Two weeks later it arrived, I didn’t know music could sound that close. I followed his every move for years, bought every little strange seven inch and ‘tour only’ CD. I’m sitting here now with those records spread out across the floor. I never grew tired of Jason’s songs because they don’t belong to a time but rather a place. I don’t think I’ve ever heard music be so geographical. It’s not a place I’ve ever seen on a map, it’s a hut in a dark rainforest, a savannah in the sunset, a freeway with no traffic signs. A place no satellites has ever laid their eyes on but your GPS tells you, ‘you have reached your destination’.
—  Jens Lekman remembering Jason Molina, the songwriter behind Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., days after he passed away.
Jonas Brothers are officially broken up

Jonas Brothers was the first band I fangirl’d over

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Jonas Brothers was my first concert I was dying to go to

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Jonas Brothers was also the best concert I have ever been to

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Jonas Brothers introduced me to the life of a fangirl

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Jonas Brothers were the reason why I was so close to one of my really good friends

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All my walls were covered in Jonas Brothers posters

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My 4year old brother was named Jonas because of my obsession

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and now Jonas Brothers are over

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D-DAY 70th Anniversary ~ June 6th 1944

To all the soldiers who risked their lives fighting for their countries. The ones who didn’t make it and the ones who survived. We are eternally grateful. The world would have been a completely different place. Your bravery and heroism will be forever remembered and never neglected. Thank you for the peace and freedom that you fought for. We will remember you always.