- Perth memorial created to honour those who fought and died defending South Korea
- Thousands of Australians served as part of a multinational response against North Korean communist forces in the 1950s
- Memorial officially opened 70years to the day since the end of the Korean War
Perth's new Korean War Memorial was officially opened today - exactly 70 years since the armistice agreement which ended the Korean War was signed.
Located at the intersection of Saw Avenue and May Drive in Kings Park, the memorial is a public space designed to recognise, commemorate and reflect on the bravery and sacrifice made by thousands of Australians.
Often referred to as the 'Forgotten War', the 1950s conflict was fought between the end of World War II and the start of the Vietnam War.
Australia played a crucial role in defending South Korea and was just the second country, after the US, to send military forces as part of a United Nations' response.
The Western Australian Government contributed $150,000 through ANZAC Day Trust Grants to the monument, which contains the names of every Western Australian who fought during the three-year conflict.
A 10-tonne stone centrepiece was donated and shipped from South Korea by the Gapyeong County in Gyeonggi Province.
The natural feature comes from the Battle of Kapyong site, a momentous battle which saw the courageous efforts of the significantly outnumbered 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment prevent opposition forces from recapturing Seoul.
One thousand nine hundred and sixteen WA Army, Navy and Airforce personnel served as part of a 17,000 strong Australian force.
The memorial's design and construction was made possible through the hard work and support of the Perth Korean War Memorial Committee and Perth Korean community.
Comments attributed to Premier Roger Cook:
"The creation of this memorial corrects a long-standing wrong in Western Australia.
"The Korean War is the 'Forgotten War' no more.
"Incorporated into the monument are the names of the 1,916 servicemen and women who were either born in WA or enlisted here before heading to war.
"The location and design of the memorial has created a fitting site for all who wish to pay their respects."
Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
"The WA Government is proud to have contributed to the creation of Perth's Korean War Memorial.
"Thirty-four Western Australians were killed in action and another five died during peacekeeping efforts in the years that followed. All 39 are acknowledged in an honour role at the front of the monument.
"Close to 90 Korean War veterans are still alive in Western Australia.
"The memorial provides a peaceful and contemplative place for veterans, their families and others to acknowledge the spirit and sacrifice of those who served in the Korean War."