Yongsan celebrates Independence Day
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Stormy weather didn't dampen spirits of the U.S Army Garrison Yongsan Independence Day Celebration, July 4.
America's 237th birthday was marked by a day full of events. The day began with a 5K fun run, then the main event later in the afternoon. This year's event was almost canceled due to stormy weather, however Yongsan moved forward with it to remind people what the event represents and to raise the morale of service members, families, civilians, and good neighbors.
Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander for USAG Yongsan, said he appreciated the people who worked to keep the event safe and entertaining.
"First I want to start by thanking all the people who worked to put together this event and the Military Police to keep the people safe," Masley said. "This has been a great year for Yongsan, so we all deserve to have fun and enjoy this wonderful birthday. Thank you for attending despite the rain, I hope you all to have a pleasant experience."
People attended competitions such as watermelon eating, pumpkin seed spitting and spouse calling. Children played in the bouncy houses, competed in contests and enjoyed some sports activities. Performances included Eighth Army Band, Missing Jane, Korean singers Huh Gak, Sunnyhill, Dalshabet and more.
"My children and I are really enjoying today's event. Every year, it's always good to come out here and see all the things they put out. They have great food and a lot of entertainment for the children," said Robert A. Bonner, a retired naval officer. "This event represents a truly important day. I hope that this event has made all the people who are here - U.S. soldiers, KATUSAs and also the children -- think about what this event represents and remind them of the day of independence."
The celebration ended with colorful fireworks exploding across the sky.