SEOUL - The U.S. Army Birthday Ball was held here at the Grand Hyatt Hotel June 11 to celebrate the Army's 235th birthday.

Lt. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr., 8th U.S. Army commanding general, was the featured speaker.A,A

During his remarks, the 8th Army commanding general emphasized the importance of the Soldiers who fought in the Korean War nearly 60 years ago.

"The U.S. Army truly is one of the world's greatest leadership laboratories - where our leaders are often tested under the harshest conditions possible," said Fil. "And some of our most respected Army leaders have emerged from some of our greater tests ... leaders like Douglas MacArthur, Walton Walker, Matthew Ridgeway, James Van Fleet and Mark Clark."

Among the other senior leaders at the ball were U.S. Forces Korea Relocation Project Director Lt. Gen. Kim Young-hu, 8th U.S. Army Deputy Commander Maj. Gen. Robert J. Williamson and United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Winzenried.

The 8th U.S. Army Band and the traditional Korean samulnori musical group also performed together as a tribute to the ROK-U.S. Alliance.