Companies show appreciation to Korean War vetsPublished 5:57pm Monday, September 9, 2013
Three area Korean companies hosted area veterans Friday as a show of appreciation.
SL Alabama, KwangSung America Corp. and Sejin America hosted an appreciation luncheon for Korean War veterans Friday at the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center.
Sang-Chil Kim, president of SL Alabama, said in a speech to those in attendance that the sacrifices of Korean War veterans protected democracy in South Korea and allowed companies like his, Sejin America and KwangSung America Corp. to prosper globally.
“Although we cannot show our appreciation enough, please enjoy this time together, as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire,” Kim said. “When you left your lovely families behind, you came to Korea to protect peace, and sacrificed your beautiful youth. Because of you, Korea could protect its democracy.”
The sacrifices of those veterans, Kim said, truly makes those veterans heroes.
“Thank you for coming in support of our Korean War veterans,” Kim said. “You all are our heroes.”
Veterans were treated to lunch, and then were given plaques and flowers as a way for the hosts to show their appreciation.
One Korean War veteran, Ed Moore, said he was grateful of Friday’s luncheon.
“I’m proud of what they are doing,” Moore said. “I’m surprised. I think it’s great.”
Buck Morris, a Korean War veteran from Jacksons Gap, said it’s a great feeling to know that others are appreciative of his and other veterans’ service during the war.
“I really appreciate what the Korean companies have done for the people who helped liberate them,” Morris said. “It’s just a real honor to be a part of it. I am thankful that I was able to help in that way, to help them be a free country, and to be a productive nation. I appreciate what they think of us for doing it.”
Patrick Bailey, HR specialist with Sejin, said it was a great turnout for the event, and he was glad to see the three companies come together to host the area veterans.
“It makes me proud to see my company and their fellow suppliers do something special like this,” Bailey said.