Leaders honor those who gave their lives for their country
SEOUL, Republic of Korea - U.S. Forces Korea honored those who have given their lives in service to their country, recognizing their sacrifices with a formal ceremony at Knight Field at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan March 25.
Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command/Republic of Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea, officiated the ceremony, which was attended by dozens of U.S. and ROK military and civilian officials.
“Without the sacrifice and courage of our fallen heroes, our way of life would not be possible,” Thurman told the assembled guests. “It is impossible to measure the value of what was gained by those who lost their lives.”
As the senior American military member in Korea, Thurman also recognized all those who fought and died in defense of the Republic of Korea.
“Today we also come to honor all warriors – American, Korean, and those from the United Nations Sending States – who over 60 years ago fought together to conquer aggression and ward off the expansionist desires of the Kim regime,” he said.
“The sacrifice of all Korean War heroes have not been in vain,” Thurman continued. “Millions of people here and around the world enjoy the blessings of liberty because of what they have done.”
Thurman also read a letter from ROK Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin, honoring the long-term commitment of United States military personnel to Korea.
“The Korean people have never forgotten that the sacrifices and support of the U.S. veterans, who fought so bravely with us in the Korean War, provided stout foundation for the freedom and prosperity of the Republic of Korea that we enjoy today,” Minster Kim wrote.