By Pfc. Lee Min-hwi (USAG-Yongsan)September 19, 2008
BUPYEONG, Republic of Korea - U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan officials joined Korean War veterans in Incheon Sept. 18 to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Incheon Landing, a key victory to liberate Seoul in 1950.
Bupyeong officials and hundreds of Korean citizens joined in a parade and ceremony to remember the sacrifices of the war heroes and to celebrate the strong alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea.
"Our alliance is one that was forged in war and strengthened in peace," said USAG-Yongsan Commander Col. Dave Hall in remarks at the ceremony. "I hope we will continue this partnership because we share a desire for liberty, peace and prosperity."
To the veterans of the battle, he said, "You paved the way for the modernization of the Republic of Korea. The thriving economy, dynamic industry and dreams of your people would not have been possible without the victory of Incheon."
Bupyeong, one of 10 administrative districts of Incheon, was occupied by North Korean forces during the war. Shortly after the Incheon Landing, Republic of Korea and U.S. Forces, led by General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, advanced through Incheon to retake Gimpo Airport and Seoul.
After the Sept. 18 ceremony, participants joined in a parade led by Korean Marine honor guards and a high school brass band, greeted by Bupyeong citizens waving Korean flags.
"Today, we gathered here to commemorate the honorable sacrifices of Korean War heroes, exalt the honor of the war veterans and celebrate the victory of Bupyeong battle," said Bupyeong Mayor Park Yoon-bae. "The victory at Bupyeong was a great turning point ... General Douglas MacArthur visited this area to encourage the troops."
The U.S. Army maintains close relations with Bupyeong, the site of Camp Market, a small logistics depot and training base.