By Cpl. Im Jin-minApril 7, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea Aca,!" U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan will celebrate the bond between Korean and U.S. Soldiers with the "2008 KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week" starting April 21.
The week will feature a weeklong series of spirited competition and cultural exchanges. This year's friendship week, April 21-25, is the 32nd installment of the celebration that will build esprit de corps and camaraderie between American Soldiers and Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army, commonly referred to as "KATUSAs." The entire Yongsan Garrison community is invited to the events.
The week will begin informally with unit activities like sightseeing tours. The official opening ceremony will is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 22, and will include a performance by a Martial Arts demonstration group. Also, community members will enjoy recent Korean movies with English subtitles from 6:30 p.m. and a meeting afterwards with some of the movie stars at the Multipurpose Training Facility. Sports events will continue throughout the week at Lombardo Field and other locations.
The highlight of the festivities will be the entertainment show scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 featuring the performance of very popular Korean singers.
This year a variety of Korean and American cultural events will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at Collier Field House. They will include kimchi making, traditional costume shows and folk plays. Unlike last year, there will also be American chili, barbecue and snacks along with Korean tea, rice cakes and other local cultural dishes for tasting.
At 1:30 p.m. April 24, a unit talent show will be held at Collier Field House. Immediately following the talent show will be the awards ceremony.
April 25 will be dedicated to unit-level activities between U.S. and KATUSA Soldiers.
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