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Ambassador Lee Tae-sik Meets with Korean War veterans in Missoula, Montana

December 1–2, 2006
The Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center, Missoula, MT

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) assisted in organizing a visit of Ambassador Lee Tae-sik to meet with Korean War veterans in Missoula, Montana. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana served as the host and organizer of the events. On Friday, December 1, Ambassador Lee met with local officials at a dinner hosted by George Dennison, the President of the University of Montana, and visited an ailing Korean War veteran in a hospital.

The core event included a wreath laying ceremony at The Montana Korean War Memorial, during which Ambassador Lee presented a wreath to honor those listed at the Memorial. The ceremony was attended by 15 Korean War veterans, as well as media representatives and local students. Ambassador Lee also joined a luncheon with several Korean War veterans.

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The Missoulan     Montana's News Station

This meeting was arranged through the Korea Economic Institute in DC (KEI) which requested KWVA President Lou Dechert to place them in contact with local Korea veterans in Missoula. Dechert contacted KWVA member Captain Charles E. Crookshanks (Member of the Montana State Veterans Commission) with whom he has been working for several years. Captain Crookshanks came through. The KEI will be setting up other joint meetings with the Ambassador and Korean Veterans through the KWVA when appropriate.

(Posted 1/18/07)