KDVA and KATUSA Veterans Association (KVA) Make Donation to Wall of Remembrance at Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC
KDVA and our close partners, the KATUSA Veterans Association (KVA), made a donation of $50,000 to the Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC on April 15, 2022. KATUSAs are Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army, a program started by General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. KATUSA Soldiers are selected to serve in the U.S. Eighth Army throughout Korea.
The Wall of Remembrance contains the names of 36,595 U.S. Service Members and 7,174 KATUSA Soldiers.
The donation ceremony took place at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. General (Ret.) John Tilelli, Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation (KWVMF), received the $50,000 donation from KDVA and KVA. KVA Chairman Kim, Hae-sung said, “I hope that the Wall of Remembrance can serve as a small token of our deep gratitude to repay the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to protect the freedom and democracy of Korea. We all know that Korea is a prosperous country today, and this proves that their sacrifice has not been in vain.”
General (Ret.) Vincent Brooks, KDVA Chairman and President, praised KVA’s strong efforts for the Alliance and Korea Veterans in South Korea and the United States.
At the KDVA and KVA donation ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance are (from left to right): Mr. Sunny Park (KWVMF Board member and KDVA Advisor), General (Ret.) Vincent Brooks (KDVA Chairman and President), General (Ret.) John Tilelli (KWVMF Chairman), Mr. Yoon, Yoon-Soo (Chairman of FILA Holdings and Standing Advisor to KVA), Mr. Kim, Hae-Sung (Chairman of KVA), and Mr. Kim, Jong-Wook (Emeritus Chairman of KVA).
After the ceremony, KDVA hosted a lunch sponsored by KVA for ROK-U.S. Alliance leaders from the USG and ROKG, Veterans organizations, think tanks, the Korean-American community in the DC area, and journalists in the DC area. KDVA and KVA would like to thank all these supporters of the Alliance and Veterans who attended, including the First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan, a Military Mom of a Korea Defense Veteran.
Amb. Kathleen Stephens (KEI President and former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea) and General (Ret.) Vincent Brooks (KDVA Chairman and former Commander of UNC/CFC/USFK in Korea) at the KDVA and KVA Lunch on April 15, 2022. Amb. Stephens provided inspiring remarks blending her personal story of Korea and her thoughts about the recent ROK Presidential election.
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