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YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea— President George W. Bush spoke to a full-capacity crowd of service members, families and civilian employees here at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Collier Field House Aug. 6.
The president arrived to the enthusiastic cheers of more than a thousand Americans who serve, live and work on the Korean peninsula along with their Republic of Korea military counterparts. Bush thanked the service members for their dedicated service, lauded military families and commended the U.S. alliance with the Republic of Korea, which has endured for 55 years.
“The American people are grateful for your service and so is your Commander in Chief,” Bush said. “So to the military spouses and to the children who are here, please know that the United States of America is grateful for the sacrifices that you all are making on behalf of our country. And I am proud to be in your presence.” To ROK military personnel, Bush said “We’re honored by your friendship. We’re proud of our alliance, and we’re inspired by your work to advance the cause of liberty.”
Bush commented on the historical importance of the ROK-US alliance for the region. “Fifty-five years have passed since the guns went quiet and the cease-fire was signed on this peninsula,” Bush said. “And since that time our forces have kept the peace. Our nations have built a robust alliance.”