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Students complete a 230km march, reliving the spirit of independence activists
Writer 글로벌전략팀 김유인
Date 2019.09.10
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The finale of the ‘Grand March across the Korean Peninsula,’ held under the slogan ‘Centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement, walking through the independence trail,’ took place at 2pm on July 31 at the Independence Hall of Korea.

90 participants started from the Cheonan Campus on July 24th and marched through key points of the independence movement in South Chungcheong Province including Asan, Yesan, Hongseong and Sejong cities over a period of 8 days, completing a 230km course up to the Independence Hall in Mokcheon. On July 26th, Governor Seung-jo Yang of South Chungcheong Province met the students to encourage them during their journey at the Chungui-sa Shrine in Yecheon which serves as a memorial for independence activist Yun Bong-gil. 

The final ceremony was held at the Independence Hall to celebrate 100 years since the March 1st Movement. Participants gave three cheers and joined in on singing the Independence Military Song to recall the meaning of Korea’s independence. They also visited the monument park where they took a group photo in front of the monument of Dankook Founder BeomJeong, Chang Hyong and paid their respects. 

“I am sure our students were able to feel the sacrifices made by independence activists as well as their devotion by marching. I look forward to this experience laying the foundation for them to become Dankookites that can practice truth and services, the motto of our university, and become the nation’s leaders of tomorrow,” said acting DKU president Jin-woo Eo in his speech during the ceremony. 

Su-mok Cho (Junior, Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering) said “it was tough walking through storms and the heat, not to mention the never-healing blisters on the bottom of my feet, but fellow students in the group supported each other along the way and it feels great to have completed the march together.”