August 15th marks an auspicious day for Korea. This year Korean people are celebrating the 71st anniversary of liberation. It is also the 68th anniversary of Korean government’s founding.
Seventy-one years ago, the Korean people finally saw the liberation of their country after years of struggle. The sacrifices and struggles of our forebears, of whom many paid the ultimate price, laid the strong foundation for the Republic of Korea to grow and become the great nation it is today.
In less than three quarters of a century, Korea has risen from the ravages of colonialism and war to achieve what the world describes as the “Miracle on the Han River.” The Korean War left the nation destitute, destroying whatever industrial infrastructure we had.
The constant, unyielding efforts of our people led to the Korea we see today. We have risen from one of the poorest countries in the world to a nation producing some of the world’s finest electronics, automobiles, steel, and ships, standing alongside nations that had once given us aid.
We are the first former aid recipient to become a significant donor nation. Our achievements and successes enable us to share and advise nations in the developing world, becoming a beacon of hope for these countries in their pursuit of prosperity.
It is also important to note that Korea’s success as a mature democracy and a prosperous market economy would not be possible without the strong alliance and partnership with the United States. Brave sacrifices of the Korean War veterans are the bedrock of our alliance, which serves as a linchpin of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific.
Korea and the United States stand as global partners. Looking forward, we will work to meet new opportunities and challenges of the 21st century based on our common values and shared future of growth, innovation and prosperity. Thank you.
August 15, 2016
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It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the Queens Tribune on the occasion of the 71st Independence Day of Korea.
The liberation of Korea 71 years ago was possible because of the brave, untold sacrifices of countless Koreans and Americans. It remains a moment of enduring pride for Korean Americans across the country, and a symbol of freedom and independence for millions around the world. Today, South Korea and the U.S. continue to remain steadfast allies, and the persistence and resilience of the Korean American community in working towards the American Dream is recognized and celebrated by all. As the diversity and richness of our state’s many communities continue to grow, holidays like the Liberation Day of Korea will only grow in stature.
The Korean American community has also become a part of the essential fabric of our nation. Its hardworking members, many of them immigrants or first-generation citizens, have created numerous small businesses, countless jobs, and incalculable benefits for the economy of New York. In particular, their tremendous contributions to Queens and to the vitality of local neighborhoods have had a positive, lasting impact on our community.
On behalf of the New York State Assembly, I would like to thank the board of directors, staff members, and volunteers of the Queens Tribune for dedicating this special issue to Korean Independence Day.
Member of Assembly
District 40, Queens
I am writing to congratulate the Korean-American community as we celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the independence of South Korea.
Thank you to the Queens Tribune for creating this special edition in honor of the independence of South Korea, which is one our country’s greatest allies. I also want to express my gratitude to the Queens Tribune for highlighting the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have done so much to improve the quality of life of the Korean-American community and all New Yorkers.
I wish all Korean-Americans a festive and joyous 71st Independence Day Anniversary.
Edward C. Braunstein
Member of Assembly