Remains of 437 Chinese soldiers who were killed in the Korean War six decades ago were reburied in Liaoning province this week after being returned from South Korea back in March.
The reburial ceremony was held at Martyr’s Park in Shenyang and was attended by the provincial governor along with veterans and family members of soldiers.
The fallen soldiers had previously been kept at a burial ground north of Seoul which was, until recently, described as the “enemy cemetery,” The New York Times reported.
The repatriation agreement was made between Seoul and Beijing last December.
The soldiers returned to China were among at least a million Chinese troops who were sent to fight with North Korea during its invasion of South Korea in 1950. The remains of 770 North Koreans killed during the war are also buried at the South Korean cemetery, but Pyongyang has reportedly not responded to South Korea’s attempts to return them.
“It is comforting to see them back home and buried here,” Lu Shouhu, an 85-year-old vet, told Xinhua at the ceremony. He said he’d once dug a grave in the battlefield in which to bury a fallen comrade.
“I wonder if he’s among those nameless martyrs,” he said.
[Images via Xinhua]