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Message from President Lee Myung-bak to Korea War Veterans from Commonwealth Nations
Date 2008-05-28 오전 9:39:07 View 1485
Message from
President Lee Myung-bak,
of the Republic of Korea
to Korea War Veterans from Commonwealth Nations
Delivered by Kim Yang,
Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs

April 15, 2008
Good evening, distinguished Korean War Veterans from Commonwealth Nations,

I sincerely welcome you all who have come from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Even though I am not able to join with you this evening, I will be with you in spirit.

Fifty-eight years ago, you left your family and home to defend our freedom, peace and democracy, fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with Korean soldiers.

Your indomitable courage and commitment across the Korean Peninsula, especially on the Gapyeong and Imjin River Battlefields, are forever remembered in the hearts and minds of the Korean people.

Your tremendous sacrifice and devotion was not in vain. From the unbelievable poverty and ruin of the war, South Korea has risen to become the 10th largest economy in the world. We are a mature, free democracy and are constantly on the move. We are proud of our progress. We have turned South Korea from a receiving country into a giving country.
The Korean people in general and I personally have great respect for you and appreciate your noble service, which laid the foundation for the Republic. You also laid the foundation for one of the greatest triumphs in the history of freedom. All people everywhere recognize that today.

Korean War Veterans,

South Korea has become one of the leading nations in the world.

The Government will make every effort to protect the free economy, secure liberal democracy and become a more active and prosperous country.

Korea will make an active contribution to world peace and prosperity as a mature country standing tall internationally—a nation that is worthy of the magnificent contributions and sacrifices of you brave Korean War veterans.

I urge you to continue to support us with your fond regard. You certainly have ours, for as long as the Korean people exist.

I hope that all of you enjoy your stay in Korea and that you will take back many pleasant memories when you return home. God bless you all and God bless your wonderful nations.

Thank you.
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