SEOUL, Republic of Korea — Soldiers of the present honored warriors of the past during a Korean War United Nations Veterans Day remembrance ceremony July 27 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul.

Speeches were given. Music was played. The flags of twenty-two nations were paraded and displayed alongside the flags of the Republic of Korea and the United Nations. Multinational political and military officials paid their respects at a formal affair remembering the valor and sacrifices of veterans of the Korean War.

The event was ceremonial in nature, yet for some in attendance it took on a more personal tone.

Two Soldiers attending the ceremony from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu are tied to the Korean War by family — Sgt. Cortez Moore and Sgt. Brian Yeldell are both direct descendants of veterans of the conflict.

Sgt. Cortez Moore and Sgt. Brian Yeldell of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu pose inside the walls of Camp Henry, Republic of Korea, July 28, 2022. Both Soldiers are direct descendants of Korean War veterans.
Sgt. Cortez Moore and Sgt. Brian Yeldell of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu pose inside the walls of Camp Henry, Republic of Korea, July 28, 2022. Both Soldiers are direct descendants of Korean War veterans. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mathew Gleeson) VIEW ORIGINAL

“My great-uncle served here during the Korean War in a support role,” said Yeldell.

“My grandfather was a corporal and he served in the logistical field as well," added Moore. "Being part of the ceremony was special to me. Seeing all of the countries recognized for their contributions made me feel proud to be part of this organization and what it represents."

A family photo of Sgt. Brian Yeldell's great-uncle Wesley McClain (rank unknown), a U.S. Army Soldier who served in the Korean War. Yeldell's family still possesses letters written by McClain from his time in Korea.
A family photo of Sgt. Brian Yeldell's great-uncle Wesley McClain (rank unknown), a U.S. Army Soldier who served in the Korean War. Yeldell's family still possesses letters written by McClain from his time in Korea. (Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Brian Yeldell Family) VIEW ORIGINAL

Both Moore and Yeldell work with Koreans on a daily basis as members of the USAG Daegu team, including Korean Augmentation To the United States Army (KATUSA) Soldiers. KATUSAs are Soldiers in South Korea’s Army serving alongside their U.S. Army counterparts who provide language and cultural support in addition to their regular duties.

"It goes full-circle. Our relatives worked alongside Koreans and we do that still today. We have actual KATUSA Soldiers assigned to us. We learn from them and we teach them, too,” said Moore.

It is a relationship which Yeldell said transcends nations.

"They're our brothers. If we get called to fight I won't look at them any other way — I know we'll be fighting alongside one another."
Soldiers and KATUSAs assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu stand shoulder-to-shoulder during a change of command ceremony at Camp Henry, Republic of Korea, May 25, 2022. KATUSAs, which stands for Korean Augmentation To the United States Army,  are Soldiers in South Korea’s Army serving alongside their U.S. Army counterparts who provide language and cultural support in addition to their regular duties.
Soldiers and KATUSAs assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Daegu stand shoulder-to-shoulder during a change of command ceremony at Camp Henry, Republic of Korea, May 25, 2022. KATUSAs, which stands for Korean Augmentation To the United States Army, are Soldiers in South Korea’s Army serving alongside their U.S. Army counterparts who provide language and cultural support in addition to their regular duties. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Mathew Gleeson) VIEW ORIGINAL

Although Yeldell said he recognizes the similarities between current Soldiers and previous generations, the key similarity for him is a sense of duty.

“I think of it as more of a responsibility than a legacy. It's an honor to be part of the alliance, but it's also a responsibility to always be prepared and always keep that relationship strong.”