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Seoul, 70th anniversary of the Italian field hospital

Corea, 70mo anniversario Ospedale da Campo italiano
Corea, 70mo anniversario Ospedale da Campo italiano

Italy and Korea celebrated the 70th anniversary of the arrival of field hospital no. 68 in Seoul. At the ceremony on December 16, attended by the Korean Vice Minister of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans, Lee Nam-woo, General Paul LaCamera, commander of the United Nations Forces and the Italian Ambassador to Korea, Federico Failla, and the Defense Secretary, Colonel Nicola Gigante, a floral wreath was laid at the stone memento of the field hospital, which operated in the Youngdeunpo-gu district, near the Usin primary school.

The participants at the ceremony remembered the tragic events of those years and the generous contribution of Italy which, though it was not yet a member of the United Nations, decided to demonstrate its solidarity with the Korean population by sending a military field hospital operated by the Italian Red Cross, which remained in activity until January 1955.

Over 200,000 patients from all the warring factions were treated at hospital no. 68, a testimony to humanitarian action in favor of peace, which the Republic of Italy carried out and continues to carry out in areas of conflict.