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March for the Beloved May Not be Sung in Unison at This Year’s May 18th Commemorative Ceremonies

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March for the Beloved May Not be Sung in Unison at This Year’s May 18th Commemorative Ceremonies


The symbolic May 18th song, ‘March for the Beloved’ will not be allowed to be sung in unison during the upcoming May 18th ceremonies.

President Park Geun-hye met with the ruling and main opposition party leaders yesterday at Cheongwadae and reportedly opposed approving the song being sung during the ceremony as requested by main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy Party lawmaker Moon Jae-in.

According to NPAD party spokesman, Kim Yeong-rok, who attended the meeting, Rep. Moon requested President Park to officially designate the song as an official ceremonial song of May 18th related commemorative events, but the President had a rather negative response, indicating there is no official ceremonial song system in Korea.

President Park also reportedly added that discussions on the designation of ‘March for the Beloved’ as an official ceremonial song should be held at the national Patriots and Veterans Office. However, as the patriots’ office has remained negative toward the designation, the song is not likely to be sung in unison once again at this year’s May 18th ceremonies.

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