News: Yongsan expresses gratitude to retirees
Story by Pfc. Samuel Han
YONGSAN, South Korea - U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan celebrated it's retirees during the 2011 Area II Retiree Appreciation Day at the R&R Bar and Grill Nov. 19.
The event provided an opportunity for the more than 20 organizations that participated to show their appreciation for the many retirees living on the peninsula by providing information and services.
“It’s the Garrison’s way of thanking veterans who have retired for their service to their country,” said Bob Mcray the Supervisory Support specialist for the Directorate of Human Resources at USAG Yongsan.
“We have a lot of veterans who retired here in Korea, and they’re very valuable community members and we have to recognize the work that they’ve done.”
To honor the retirees, cadets from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps greeted and helped Retirees register and find their way around the different services planned for the day.
The organizations that contributed to the event included ones from within the Garrison such as 618th Dental Company and those from outside such as Shinhan Bank and A Plus Dental. A significant portion of the day’s services and information was offered by 121 Hospital, which gave flu shots, vision screenings, and a basic physical checkup for anyone interested.
“Instead of just giving reading material, we wanted to give them something they can take with them such as real tests, which is our way of saying thank you,” explained 1st Lt. Erin Kang of Alpha Company at 121 Hospital who headed the medical services for the day.
The highlight of the day was a presentation of Garrison Commander Col. William Huber’s coin to four Korean War veterans living in Korea. Each of the coins were embossed in glass, and in addition to them, each of the four veterans were also given a flag that was flown in the DMZ on Sept. 11 to recognize them for their service in the Korean War.
A large portion of the retirees living in Korea are involved extensively with many veterans’ programs and also work as civil service employees. Retiree Appreciation Day is celebrated annually and helps recognize and thank the many Retirees living in Korea for their service.