Korean War veterans and Paris Baguette officials pose at the war veteran’s office in Busan on June 25. Various events were held to appreciate the war veterans’ contribution to the country. Photo courtesy of Paris Baguette

Paris Baguette, Nonghyup offer products to veterans, families

South Korea and North Korea fought the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. During the hard-fought war, almost 5 million people died, and more than half of them were civilians.

By now, most war veterans have passed away, but still, there are quite a few survivors in Korea and other countries, who took part in the three-year bloody conflict here.

In time with the war anniversary, which falls on June 25, a set of outfits are appreciating Korean War veterans both at home and abroad.

Paris Baguette, South Korea’s leading bakery brand run by SPC Group, held an event of offering its products to Korean War veterans and their families on June 25 in Busan.

“We are really thankful to the war veterans, and we tried to express our gratitude. We will keep trying to support and help them down the road,” a Paris Baguette official said.

Local builder Booyoung Group held an event of the Liberty Walk Seoul on June 25 to offer $100,000 to the Korean War-related organization.

Nonghyup, otherwise known as the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, delivered some 300 packages composed of local agricultural produce to war veterans.

In addition, many regional governments hosted various events aimed at commemorating the sacrifice of war veterans and underpin them and their family members.

Earlier on June 24, President Yoon Suk-yeol invited around 200 Korean War veterans and their descendants from 10 countries to the presidential house in Seoul for a lunch meeting.

Included in the participants were those from such countries as Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.

President Yoon awarded some veterans with peace medals.