Honoring a solid partnership
First Photo: Keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Stephen Tom lights a candle during Tuesday evening’s Korean War Veterans Association Maui No Ka Oi Chapter 282 Candlelight Ceremony marking the 63rd anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Tom spoke about America’s prisoners of war and missing in action, saying that many of those lost during the Korean War were captured and lost in North Korea. After a period of cooperation through 2005 that allowed U.S. teams to recover remains in North Korea, recent political tensions have derailed the process.
Second Photo: Also during the ceremony, South Korea’s Consul General Young-Kil Suh (center) looks on as honor guards salute the Missing Man Table. The table honors the soldiers who did not return home from war. In his comments to those gathered outside War Memorial Gym in Wailuku, Suh spoke of the “solid partnership” between the United States and South Korea, and how the two countries served together on the “right side of history.” “We’ll never forget the lessons you taught us through your examples that freedom is not free,” Suh said. Before becoming consul general, Suh served as a three-star admiral in the South Korean navy.