Having served with many courageous Americans of every stripe and color; coming from varied backgrounds and locales in our nation, I have always valued that experience as the undergirding for my appreciation for being an American.

Helping to preserve the freedoms of Koreans was the opening of my eyes to what could happen in our country if we preserved and protected the ideals of the founders’ commitment.

Many of those who fought and died for our survival as a nation and the fulfillment of our dreams never tasted the fruits of their efforts.

Our modest recognition is a testament to the gratitude we are all aware of, but too often neglect to express.

May we never, ever forget and vow to pledge perpetual recognition of their valiant contributions.

We stand on their shoulders.

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