Exhibit of 30 images celebrates 70 years of US-South Korea alliance
Stars and Stripes October 3, 2023
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — A photo exhibition at the headquarters of U.S. Forces Korea is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-South Korea military alliance.
Images on display at Camp Humphreys’ library illustrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the relocation of USFK headquarters to Pyeongtaek in 2018, a joint exercise by U.S. and South Korean troops and USFK friendship concerts.
The 30 photos also show parachute jumps, children in traditional clothing and soldiers sharing a meal together and represent the two allies working together or supporting one another.
The exhibit opened Sept. 25 at the Sgt. 1st Class Ray E. Duke Memorial Library and continues until Wednesday. The photographs were provided by Camp Humphreys, the Pyeongtaek Culture Center and the Pyeongtaek Status of Forces Agreement Support Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Park Chun-sik, chief of the SOFA support center, designed the exhibition and decided which pictures could tell the story of the alliance’s past, present and future.
“Even a pebble has value when threaded,” Park said. “We thought that something small could become valuable or important when it is part of a larger or meaningful context.”
The exhibit opened the day before Korean Armed Forces Day, which was marked in Seoul by the largest parade of military forces and hardware in decades. About 300 soldiers from the Eighth Army also marched in the event.
The traveling exhibit was previously displayed at Baedari Elementary School in Pyeongtaek, along with the Paengseng and Buyong elementary schools, the Pyeongtaek Culture Center and five other organizations in the city.
The images move next to Paengseong Elementary School, a 15-minute drive from Humphreys, and then to Buyong Elementary School from Oct. 10-13.