President Moon Jae-in attended the sixty-first South Korea Memorial Day ceremony on Tuesday to commemorate the men and woman who died during the battle which erupted after the North invaded the South.
During his speech, Moon asked the people to show a spirit of patriotism and unity.
A deadly deja vu
The sixty-first memorial day falls less than a month after Moon's presidential victory, which was expected to end months of political turmoil. South Korea was not only dealing with the impeachment of a president over corruption, but also locking horns with North Korea over nuclear testing.
Seoul says 21 countries sent around two million troops to fight in the 1950-1953 Korean War. Casualty estimates vary. But some one million civilians and combatants are thought to have died in the conflict, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, with neither side able to claim victory.