Soldiers create green space in Yongsan
April 2, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- April, the spring season when all living things come to life, is upon us. In celebration of Arbor Day and the ROK-U.S. Alliance, Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan joined the city of Yongsan-gu to give back to the Community by planting hundreds of trees and shrubs at Yongsan Family Park March 29.
"I find it fitting that this tree represents our friendship together," said USAG Yongsan Deputy Garrison Commander Henry Stuart. "Because over time, it, just like our friendship, will grow and mature. When fully grown, these trees are large and beautiful. I am fully confident that, like these trees, our alliance will continue to grow, strengthen and become great as we maintain peace, prosperity and democracy in Yongsan and Korea."
During the tree planting event, Soldiers eamed up with Yongsan-gu Civilians to provide a solid foundation and environment for the trees to grow. The process to plant trees was not a simple task so it fostered cooperation between the two nations.
The Yongsan Family Park where Soldiers and Civilians planted tree has special significance as it had been used as a golf course until 1992 by U.S. Forces Korea. It now serves as one of the major leisure facilities for Families in Yongsan.
"The trees we plant today will be the foundation to build a beautiful Yongsan," said Yongsan-gu Mayor Sung, Jang-hyun. "I hope this will be a precious chance for you to realize the importance of trees and forests and remember that planting one tree today will eventually make the city and its surroundings environmentally friendly."