SEOUL (Pulse)―South Korean-Japanese conglomerate Lotte Group will build its third overseas war veteran center in Ethiopia for those who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War.
Lotte Group said on June 26 that it will build a war veteran community center in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa in December to express gratitude to Ethiopia, the only African country that sent more than 3,500 soldiers to fight in the Korean War. The move is part of Lotte Group’s project to build community centers for overseas war veterans launched jointly with the Ministry of Defense in 2013 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
The community center in Ethiopia will be the third of its kind to be constructed after Lotte Group built a war veteran community center in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2014 and another in Bogota, Colombia, in 2017.
The community center for war veterans in Addis Ababa that will be built on a 729 square meter site will have a meeting room, library, office and computer room, and a multi-purpose hall. The center will be managed by the local government and host various war veteran meetings and events as well as education sessions.
According to Lotte Group, the conglomerate has decided to build community centers in overseas to thank to the dedication and sacrifice of foreign war veterans that has helped Korea rise from the debris of the Korean War and prosper today.
Lotte Group also invited Ethiopian war veterans and their families that fought in the Korean War to a separate event held at Lotte World Tower in Jamsil, southern Seoul, to express gratitude. The chair of war veterans from Ethiopia praised the fast advancement of Korea adding that he can’t remember how it was like in Korea in 1952 when he first landed in Busan to fight in the brutal three-year war.
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