Contrary to what we reported in last week’s paper (oops), last Thursday marked Korea Day in Merrickville Wolford. Representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea spent the whole day in Merrickville, visiting schools, liaising with local dignitaries and business people, and sharing their culture with the community. Korean Flags where placed outside many of the businesses, and a lot of effort was put into making the Korean guests feel welcome.
“It’s a beautiful town,” said Korean Consul General Kim Janghoi. “Everybody is so kind.”
The Korean Ambassador to Canada, Shin Maeng-ho made an appearance in the municipality at a lunch organized by the Merrickville and District Chamber of Commerce. Afterwards, he went over to the Cenotaph to lay a wreath for soldiers who died during the Korean War.
“As a Korean, I really appreciate the Canadian soldiers,” says Kim Janghoi. “More than 300 Canadian citizens are buried in a United Nations cemetery in South Korea.”
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Karl Feige, says it was amazing how many Korean connections popped out of the woodwork as they were organizing the visit. “It’s amazing how many people say going to Korea was a life changing experience,” he said.
It is safe to say that the travel bug has been planted in Merrickville-Wolford, particularly for the young students of Merrickville Public School and Ecole Saint Marguerite-Bourgeoys. The presentation that was made by Korean representatives (in traditional Korean dress) captivated the students and many were eager to express their interest in travelling there one day.