ROK-U.S. celebrate night of friendship
December 13, 2012
SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- In order to commemorate the alliance and friendship between Republic of Korea and the United States, the Korea America Friendship Society hosted a Korea America Friendship Night Year End Party, Dec. 6.
Held at Grand Ballroom of Millennium Seoul Hilton, the year end party attracted a number of Koreans and Americans, who have worked to enhance the ROK-US alliance. Amid the many guests were Leslie A. Bassett, deputy chief of mission for U.S Embassy in Seoul, and Gen. Kwon Oh Sung, deputy commander for Combined Forces Command, and Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, deputy commander of UNC/USFK.
Before the dinner started, Han Chul Soo, president of the Korea America Friendship Society, highlighted the importance of friendship between the two nations.
"The ROK-US alliance is the most exemplary alliance in the world, and it is continuing to develop itself based on mutual trust forged in various areas of the society including economy, culture and science," Han said. "We must not stop here, but continue to put our efforts to strengthen our relationship to a more mature relationship. Members of the KAFS hope to contribute to the improvement of ROK-US friendship, and we believe that our efforts have been worthwhile. I assure you that we will continue to do our best."
Kwon also expressed his appreciation toward KAFS and those of who sacrifice for national security.
"KAFS, since its establishment in 1991, has been a strong supporter of promoting friendship activities to better the ROK-US alliance and the well being of USFK Servicemembers," Kwon said. "To pay our appreciation for your support, all the Servicemebers of CFC will try to change our direction into a more future-oriented direction and do our utmost sincere best to keep this peninsula safe and secure.
"The alliance, for the past 60 years, has been walking in the same direction, walking in the objective of security of this peninsula. These are our brothers and sisters. USFK Servicemembers and the members in the Embassy, who are far from their homes, persevering through a cold winter to achieve this objective."
Korea America Friendship Night provided guests with food, entertainment and music performances.
Far East Broadcasting Company Children's Choir's performance of Amazing Grace with Korean instruments and attires drew a standing ovation from the guests, while reminding the very friendship Korea and the United States strive to achieve.