• Short Summary

    A national rally was staged in Seoul Stadium on Tuesday (20 March) to welcome home South Korean troops returning from the Vietnam war.

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    A national rally was staged in Seoul Stadium on Tuesday (20 March) to welcome home South Korean troops returning from the Vietnam war.

    The South Korean President, General Park Chung Hee, reviewed the troops, who were from the White Horse, Tiger, Dove, Silver Horse and White Seagull units.

    The massive stadium was packed for the rally, at which balloons and doves were released as symbols of peace. Students from the Hansung Girls High School in the audience held up coloured cards which formed a picture of President Park.

    The troops, many of them wearing laurel leaves and garlands of flowers, then marched through the streets of Seoul. The United States is now the only original ally of South Vietnam with troops still in the country.

    SYNOPSIS: More men return home from the Vietnam war. These are South Koreans being welcomed back at a rally in Seoul. They included men of the Tiger and White Horse units. Garlands lent a colourful air to the scene.

    President Park Chung Hee reviewed the troops, who were drawn up on parade in the spacious Seoul Stadium. Thousands of schoolchildren on the terraces held up coloured cards to form a portrait of General Park as he drove around the stadium.

    The large crowds who packed the stadium took the opportunity to express their delight that the war was over. Masses of balloons and flocks of doves were released to symbolism the peace.

    Following the national parade, the men were formed up and marched through the streets of the South Korean capital. Officers in jeeps led the various units through the city. Men of the South Korean Navy and Air Force were among the ranks of marching men. There were even laurel leaves for the returning soldiers.

    There were more flowers, and as the troops passed through the city centre, they were showered with ticker tape from offices high above them.

    All South Korean troops have now returned home. The United States remains the only original ally of South Vietnam which still has troops in the country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Q7ZLJ61SOT2OPZR0QKO3V23F
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Q7ZLJ61SOT2OPZR0QKO3V23F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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