Gen. Thurman celebrates Thanksgiving with kids
November 15, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- As Thanksgiving draws near, Yongsan provided Thanksgiving Story Time with Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea, and his wife, Dee Thurman, so dependants of Area II Servicemembers could enjoy the feeling of upcoming great holiday with their family here, Nov. 10.
Yongsan Library added the mood of holiday itself with an array of balloons and Thanksgiving-themed decorations placed all around the library, greeting the Thurmans as well as children and the parents of Yongsan.
Families shared greetings with each other, wishing for each other's well-being, while the Thurmans also joined with the parents and kids, by sharing handshakes and good wishes for a wonderful holiday season.
"I am honored to be here with you at this great time of the year," said Thurman. "I wish each and every one of our Servicemembers, Families, and Civilians a happy holiday."
Gen. Thurman expressed the critical role that families play in the life of soldiers, and how important it is to maintain and improve healthful family relationship. He added that the Army needs to do its best to facilitate the improvement.
"We have some foremost duties, and one of them is to serve our families and serve them well," he said. "I think today's Thanksgiving story time demonstrated the caring nature that we have for the Servicemembers and their families. Our family and their children are so important and to bring everyone in gives a chance for a fellowship. I just hope you have a happy Thanksgiving with your family and take the deserved time to spend with your children."
First started in 2005, the annual Thanksgiving story time attracted a great number of families who want to enjoy the mood of Thanksgiving with their beloved ones.
The Thurmans each read a book amid a crowd of high-spirited children. Children remained attentive as they listened to classic Thanksgiving stories.
Once they finished reading, Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, joined the Thurmans to carve the turkey.
Afterward, parents and their children enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving dishes provided by USAG Yongsan's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the R&R Bar and Grill.
Gen. Thurman recognized Yongsan's efforts to boost the morale of Servicemembers and gave special thanks to Yongsan Garrison for such a meaningful event.
"Today's event demonstrates the kindness associated with the Yongsan community," he said. "I want to thank Yongsan Library and Dr. Esther Kim, who is in charge of the library. She does a terrific job for the community. I want to invite everyone to come out and visit Yongsan Library and see all the great things they do for the community."