Honoring Veterans Day in South Korea

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
November 11, 2010
President Obama Greets Veterans of the Korean War in Seoul

President Obama is in South Korea to attend the G-20 Summit and delivered remarks at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul. The President said:

"...It is an enormous honor to be here at Yongsan Garrison. As President of the United States, I have no greater privilege than serving as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military that the world has ever known. And on this Veterans Day, there's no place I'd rather be than right here with U.S. Forces Korea.""...Now, on this day, we honor every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of the United States of America. We salute fallen heroes, and keep in our prayers those who are still in harm's way -- like the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We recall acts of uncommon bravery and selflessness. But we also remember that honoring those who've served is about more than the words we say on Veterans Day or Memorial Day. It's about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It's about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they've earned when they come home. It's about serving all of you as well as you've served the United States of America.

"...I want all of you to know when you come home your country is going to be there for you. That is the commitment I make to you as Commander-in-Chief. That is the sacred trust between the United States of America and all who defend its ideals.

"It's a trust that's been forged in places far from our shores: from the beaches of Europe to the jungles of Vietnam, from the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to the peninsula where we stand today.""...At the Korean War Memorial in Washington, there's a plaque right near the inscription that lists the number of Americans who were killed, wounded, missing in action, and held as prisoners of war. And it says: 'Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.'

"A country they never knew and a people they never met. I know of no better words to capture the selflessness and generosity of every man or woman who has ever worn the uniform of the United States of America. At a time when it has never been more tempting or accepted to pursue narrow self-interest and personal ambition, all of you here remind us that there are few things that are more fundamentally American than doing what we can to make a difference in the lives of others.

"And that's why you'll always be the best that America has to offer the world. And that is why people who never met you, who never knew you, will always be grateful to the friend and ally they found in the United States of America."

You can read the President's full remarks here.

Comments

Comments

Kathy
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China
November 26, 2010

Kathy in China writes:

@Secretary Clinton

Why the gunfire was happen between the South Korea and the North Korea in recent days?

I think people should maintain the peace together forever.

Eric S.
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Oregon, USA
December 2, 2010

Eric S. in Oregon writes:

Supports the Vets by Ending the Korean War and signing a peace agreement!!!

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