ANSAN, South Korea, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Marking the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the Sewol ferry, South Korea will hold a ceremony in memory of the student victims, officials said Monday.
The ceremony will be held Tuesday in Ansan, just south of Seoul, where Danwon High School, to which 261 student and teacher victims of the ferry sinking belonged, is located.
In one of the country's worst maritime disasters, the Sewol ferry went down in waters off the southwestern coast on April 16, 2014. The death toll came to 304, mostly second-year students at Danwon High on a trip to the resort island of Jeju.
The memorial ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at the city's Hwarang Public Garden with the attendance of about 5,000 government officials, bereaved family members and citizens.
Representatives of all political parties, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hae, Oceans Minister Moon Seok-hyeok and Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung will be among the participants.
Following a one-minute memorial siren and a silent prayer, Yoo and other dignitaries will deliver addresses, organizers said, adding a memorial performance, reading of a memorial poem and a concerted singing of a memorial song are also planned.
In other parts of the country, similar memorial events and symposiums will be held to remember the ferry sinking victims and to enhance public awareness of maritime safety.
In February, Danwon High School held an honorary graduation ceremony for the students killed in the ferry sinking.