August 14, 2018
The first official government ceremony to commemorate the International Memorial Day for Comfort Women was held at the National Mang-Hyang Cemetery in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do Province, on Aug. 14.
“Twenty-seven years ago today, Kim Hak-soon, a comfort woman victim, went public with her tragic story for the first time among surviving victims. During the following nearly three decades, noble and courageous acts by elderly victims have continued,” said President Moon Jae-in in the commemorative speech that day. “Our society’s interest in the issue has soared greatly, and the scope of our solidarity had broadened significantly, thereby encouraging many other victims in other countries.”