ANSEONG CITY, Republic of Korea -- Mayor Hwang, Eun Sung and Brig. Gen. R. Thomas Drew broke ground to plant trees during a national Arbor Day ceremony at Seounsan Recreational Forest Apr. 3.
Drew, the Deputy Commanding General for Support, and more than 20 Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division/ROK-U.S. Combined Division, joined Anseong City community members to plant trees throughout the forest park.
The tree-planting and ceremonial celebration are related to the upcoming Republic of Korea holiday, Sikmogil, which is April 5.
"Today is nice. It's the perfect temperature to do this event," said Pfc. Miles Ector, a communication specialist and LaGrange, Georgia native. "It's pretty cool to get to help out and do something different," Ector mentioned about his role in planting trees.
A large crowd of citizens gathered together as Hwang, city officials, and Drew addressed them before the volunteers set to work planting trees.
"This is our fourth year participating and we appreciate being invited year after year, said Drew, a Clarksville, Tenn. native. "The alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States is the most important thing that we do here," Drew continued.
Both Hwang and Drew thanked the citizens, city officials, and 2ID/RUCD Soldiers for joining them during the ceremony, and for volunteering to plant trees.
Volunteers planted more than a hundred trees throughout the park. Following the tree-planting event, community members and Soldiers shared a meal of kimchi and kim bap.
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