SEOUL - The first Korean Cultural Night was held here at W Seoul Hotel May 1 to recognize and honor the ROK-U.S. Alliance.

Senior U.S. officials, Korean business leaders, U.S. Soldiers, Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army, spouses and guests participated in the event.

A buffet dinner was served while Pal-II-Moo, a traditional Korean dance group, captivated the audience.

Distinguished guests expressed their gratitude for Eighth Army's contribution to peace and security in Korea.

"I want to extend my gratitude toward all of the U.S. service members for their great support," said Dr. Ha Yeon-soon.

Eighth Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr., said that America and Korea share many common values.

"We all believe our people are good, our work is important, and our service is noble," said Fil. "We all strive to build a better world for future generations. We all strive to leave a legacy worthy of our highest aspirations."

"The ROK-U.S. Alliance today continues to demonstrate our shared commitment to defend these shared values," said Fil. "Together with our Korean friends, we proudly face the future with great gratitude, fortitude and optimism."