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Scottish Korean War Memorial
May 13, 2016, 4:34 pm
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Scottish Korean War Memorial 1

Scottish Korean War Memorial 2

Scottish Korean War Memorial 3Witchcraig Wood is a pleasant short walk in the Bathgate Hills in West Lothian. Near the beginning of the walk is the Scottish Korean War Memorial, a landscaped area consisting of two mounds in the Ying and Yang shapes seen on the Korean flag and a central pagoda which contains panels listing the names of the 1113 British servicemen, merchant seamen and war correspondents who died in the Korean War.

A native Scottish tree has been planted for each of the men who died and the two mounds have 110 Korean firs on them – one for every ten dead.

Scottish Korean War Memorial 4The memorial was created by the Lothians and West of Scotland branch of the British Korean Veterans Association in memory of their fallen comrades.

Many of the men who died were young National Service men and most of the dead are buried in Pusan military cemetery in South Korea. The memorial is intended to give their relatives somewhere closer to home to pay their respects.

The Scottish Korean War Memorial opened on 27 June 2000 to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the war.

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We discovered this by accident last year. It’s a lovely memorial.

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