April 16, 2017 marks the third anniversary of the Sewol Ferry Accident, and many celebrities have spoken up in remembrance of the tragedy.
The sinking of the Sewol Ferry was a shocking incident that killed a total of 304 people. Immediately after the ferry capsized, the press incorrectly reported that everyone aboard had been evacuated. However, soon after, news outlets announced that most people were still stuck inside and waiting to be rescued. It was later revealed that the passengers had been ordered to stay put while the captain and crew evacuated on their own. Korean citizens were extremely angered by the incompetence of the government at the time, triggering various protests demanding the truth behind what had happened that day and why the victims were not rescued.
Today is a day of remembrance for Koreans, including our favorite stars. Below are some of the celebrities who posted on their social media in honor of the accident.
VIXX’s N and Leo
— VIXX_N 차에네넨 (@CHA_NNNNN) April 15, 2017
“I will not forget.”
“Please remember and pray with me.”
“Saw the news while eating late breakfast after class in the morning. Upon hearing that everyone had been rescued, I felt relieved and went about my ordinary life. I’m sorry that I went about my life so normally..and that I’m going through everyday life today. I will not forget. I’m sorry. And I’m ardently hoping that everyone will return. Remember0416.”
“Those beautiful kids flew away like flower petals at such a flowery age. If you let go from your hand, you’ll lose it. If you let it fade from your mind, you’ll forget. #SewolFerry #IWillPrayToday”
Baek A Yeon
“#IWillNotForget #remember #SewolFerry”
15&’s Park Jimin
Block B’s Zico
“Even if it isn’t today, I won’t forget.”
Girl’s Day’s Minah
“#0416 ‘I put significance in the color yellow that represents hope, not in its shape. What’s most important is the meaning of remembrance it holds,’ they said.”
AOA’s Mina and Jimin
— 헬로비너스 (@chHELLOVENUS) April 15, 2017
Super Junior’s Yesung
— Yesung (@shfly3424) April 16, 2017
“Return as flowers.”
“#SewolFerry Don’t turn your back on it because it hurts. Don’t forget it because it hurts.”
— 아스트로 (@offclASTRO) April 16, 2017
“Today is the third anniversary of the Sewol Ferry Accident. Everyone, never forget April 16, 2014. ‘A small movement for a big miracle’ #Remember0416”
2AM’s Jo Kwon
“No matter how many times I write and rewrite this, anything I say doesn’t seem to be enough. Let us remember.”
Park Hae Jin paid a visit to Paengmok Port (where the ferry capsized) to pay his respects to the victims of the accident. He went privately with a few of the employees at his agency, but many people recognized him and uploaded pictures of him on their social media.
Our condolences to the friends of family of those affected by the accident.