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Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the UK has donated 40,000 face masks to UK veterans of the Korean War to help safeguard them from the risk of contracting Covid-19.

The donation comes as the government marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.

It is also a mark of appreciation to the war veterans that defended the Republic of Korea during the war.

The UK supported Korea with 81,084 troops during the war in 1950.

Proposed by the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, the project involves distribution of one million protective masks to 22 nations.

Republic of Korea Ambassador to the UK Enna Park said: “I hope the face masks from the Republic of Korea will be helpful for our veterans for getting through this difficult time of Covid-19.

“Providing the masks is a meaningful way to express our gratitude and our respect to the veterans of the Korean War, especially during the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

“This is an expression of solidarity from Korea to the UK that we can overcome the Covid-19 crisis together.”

Every year, the Embassy conducts commemorative events such as a memorial service in June and a wreath-laying service in July for war veterans.

Due to the rapid spread of the virus, most of the events are postponed. The embassy expects to hold a photo exhibit later this year.