Yongsan reflects on Tuesday's North Korean attack at prayer breakfast
U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Chaplain Lt. Col. Jeff Hawkins (left) addresses Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company at a prayer breakfast at the Main Post Club this morning.

YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - More than 100 American and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company of U.S. Army Garrison Yong held a prayer breakfast this morning at the Main Post Club.

The event took on special meaning the morning following a North Korean attack on a South Korean island that has caught global attention.

Garrison Yongsan Commander Col. Bill Huber asked the attendees to hold a moment of silence for the two South Korean Marines killed in action yesterday.

"Let's take a moment of prayer for those two fallen Korean Marines who gave their life for their country yesterday," he said. "This morning we are thinking of the family and friends of those Marines, that they will find comfort in knowing their Marines were patriots."

Yongsan Chaplain Lt. Col. Jeff Hawkins asked the participants to maintain an "attitude of gratitude," especially during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"During Thanksgiving 2010, I am very thankful for my faith and thankful for the blessing of family and friends. I could not help but think about the families on that island that was attacked yesterday and the Marines who had no idea that they would be in a conflict that would cost their lives. We don't know what a given day holds, so we should cherish it, our faith and our family and friends. Tell your family and friends that you love them, and let them know how much they mean to you."

Hawkins also thanked the Soldiers and leaders for their dedication and commitment to freedom.

"I am thankful for freedom," he said. "It is the difference between light and darkness - and you are part of that legacy of light."

Three Soldiers were awarded Army Commendation Medals for their outstanding service to the Religious Support Office. They include Sgt. 1st Class Robert Forbes, Spc. David Evans and Pvt. 1st Class Bon Wook-ku.

"Garrison Yongsan's Soldiers have helped make this a Community of Excellence three years in a row," said Garrison Commander Col. Bill Huber. "Their dedication and commitment to excellence makes a positive impact every day."

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