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Korean companies to host veterans luncheon

Published 10:47am Friday, August 23, 2013

Three Korean businesses are coming together to show their appreciation for the sacrifices of area veterans.
SL Alabama, KwangSung America Corp. and Sejin America will host a Korean War Veterans Appreciation luncheon for veterans in Tallapoosa County Friday, Sept. 6 at 11:30 a.m. in the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center.
Sang-Chil Kim, president of SL Alabama, said the luncheon is one way to show gratitude for area veterans for their sacrifices in fighting on the side of the South in the Korean War in 1950-1953.
“We feel that having an event for the veterans is the least we can do to show our gratitude and support for the undue hardship to them during that time,” Kim said through an interpreter. “Although there were many sacrifices made and many hardships were caused because of the war, Korea was able to overcome those hardships and defend its democracy.”
Kim added that without the sacrifices of U.S. Korean War veterans, Korea would be unimaginably different today, and this luncheon is just one way for the three companies to show their appreciation for those sacrifices.
“If they did not protect the democracy, we would not be able to be the country we are now,” Kim said. “You couldn’t even imagine Korean companies coming here to build automotive manufacturing places here or other locations, or contribute to the local economy.”
The three companies are looking for any and all veterans in the Tallapoosa County area to join in the luncheon.