Soldiers help clean-up Itaewon

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Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Yongsan, with members of the community clean up local pedestrian roads and sidewalks during the fall session of the biannual Itaewon Clean-up, Sept. 25. The clean-up event takes place once in the spring and once in the fall every year to help promote the ongoing efforts of the Good Neighbor Program. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Lim Hong-seo)
Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, USAG Yongsan, with members of the community clean up local pedestrian roads and sidewalks during the fall session of the biannual Itaewon Clean-up, Sept. 25. The clean-up event takes place once in the spring and once in the fall every year to help promote the ongoing efforts of the Good Neighbor Program. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Lim Hong-seo)

Soldiers help clean-up Itaewon

by: Cpl. Lim, Hong-Seo, USAG Yongsan Public Affairs | .
The Morning Calm | .
published: October 05, 2013

YONGSAN -- More than 25 soldiers from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan participated in the fall session of the biannual Itaewon Clean-up to help its good neighbor, Yongsan-gu, clear out the trash and litter, Sept. 25.

Located adjacent to the garrison, Itaewon is one of the soldiers’ most visited place, thus making the cleanup more significant. Soldiers lined up with many local volunteers from various organizations and armed themselves with brooms and plastic bags.

“I appreciate all volunteers including the USYG soldiers who showed up today to make clean Itaewon,” said Jang-hyun Sung, mayor of Yongsan-gu. “Let us all work together to make Itaewon clean and make it even more charming global attraction.”

Soldiers were divided into three groups and started scouring the local pedestrian roads and sidewalks of Itaewon. They cooperated with the local volunteers picking up trash, and the clean-up lasted about an hour.

“Today’s clean-up was an exceptional experience,” said 1st Sgt. Donna S. Swan, first sergeant from Headquarters and Headquarters Company USAG Yongsan. “It is meaningful that U.S. soldiers and Korean nationals get to do something together to help clean the community. Giving the soldiers chance to help clean up the area will help strengthen the ROK-US alliance.”

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