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A Message from General B.B. Bell, Commander United Nations Command; Commander, Combined Forces Command; Commander, US Forces, Korea.

Korean War Veterans Association 2006 Convention...

Greetings from the Republic of Korea!  I regret that I am unable to join you at your convention this year, but on behalf of our U.S. and ROK Soldier, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, I send you best wishes for a successful and productive meeting.

I also want to thank the members of the Korean War Veterans Association for highlighting the service and sacrifice of our Korean War Servicemembers.  Your efforts are crucial in ensuring the story of the American participation in the Korean War is highlighted and celebrated.  I particularly appreciate your sponsorship of the "Tell America" program, which brings veterans to the classrooms across America.  You bring history alive for our young students, while educating and informing them about your experiences in the military and in Korea.  At a time when not all young people choose military service, your work ensures that the next generation of Americans will have an opportunity to meet a veteran, and come to understand the obligations and responsibility that comes with being a citizen of the greatest country in the world.

To the thousands of men and women who have served on Freedom's Frontier:  Thank you.  There is no more gratifying sight than to know that today Korea is a modern, prosperous, free and democratic society.  Its success is a direct result of your noble service.  I know you take great pride in the time spent here in this land.  You made a very positive and lasting difference.

It is my great honor to recognize your legacy, as well as those who continue to serve today in this land.  Our Combined Forces Command motto is, "We Go Together."  In Korean, "Katchi Kapshida."

B.B. Bell
General, U.S. Army

(Posted 10/8/06)