US Forces Korea marks Veterans Day with flowers, words of thanks
Stars and Stripes November 13, 2023
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The home of U.S. Forces Korea celebrated Veterans Day with floral and spoken tributes for those who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War.
Army Maj. Gen. David Lesperance — director of operations for USFK, U.N. Command and Combined Forces Command — recalled the service of allied U.S., Korean and U.N. troops. They ensured that South Korea today is a free and democratic country, he said during Saturday’s ceremony at an on-base Army memorial.
“We honor the brave men and women that stepped forward to defend our nation today. We also honor Korean and United Nations member states veterans for their service, as well,” he said. “Veterans’ collective actions are a debt we cannot repay. We must renew our commitment to remember and honor all our veterans.”
The ceremony ended with Veterans of Foreign Wars members, Humphrey High School JROTC, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts laying floral baskets at the memorial. Red, white and blue bouquets represented purity, devotion and preserving peace.