Korean American Friendship Festival strengthens bonds

Food, merchandise and game booths line the streets during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct.25, 2014. The festival is a two-day event designed to celebrate the long-standing friendship between the United States and ROK. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Food, merchandise and game booths line the streets during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct.25, 2014. The festival is a two-day event designed to celebrate the long-standing friendship between the United States and ROK. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Oscar the Blackcat, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron mascot, grills chicken during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. Multiple Squadrons from Osan Air Base hosted booths during the two-day event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Oscar the Blackcat, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron mascot, grills chicken during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. Multiple Squadrons from Osan Air Base hosted booths during the two-day event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Airman 1st Class Chris O'Connor, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainer, learns how to make kimchi during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival helps both cultures to learn about the other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Airman 1st Class Chris O'Connor, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintainer, learns how to make kimchi during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival helps both cultures to learn about the other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Spc. Hackney Barthblmy, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion human resources specialist, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, plays a shooting game during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, ROK, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival used the common threads of music, food and games to celebrate the history and bond between the two countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Spc. Hackney Barthblmy, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion human resources specialist, Camp Casey, Republic of Korea, plays a shooting game during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, ROK, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival used the common threads of music, food and games to celebrate the history and bond between the two countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Members of a local Taekwondo group demonstrate their skills during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The featured American and Korean stage performers, martial arts demonstrations, cultural food and entertainment booths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Members of a local Taekwondo group demonstrate their skills during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The featured American and Korean stage performers, martial arts demonstrations, cultural food and entertainment booths. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Members of a Korean band play guitars during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. A variety of different groups entertained the festival audience with a range of musical performances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Members of a Korean band play guitars during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. A variety of different groups entertained the festival audience with a range of musical performances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Korean women perform a traditional Korean drum routine during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. Drums play an important part in traditional Korean music. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Korean women perform a traditional Korean drum routine during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. Drums play an important part in traditional Korean music. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Korean woman perform a traditional Korean dance during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. Korean traditional dances originated in ancient shamanistic rituals thousands of years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Korean woman perform a traditional Korean dance during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. Korean traditional dances originated in ancient shamanistic rituals thousands of years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Mr. Pak, Chu Sop, Songtan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, provides opening remarks during the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Mr. Pak, Chu Sop, Songtan Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, provides opening remarks during the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival was sponsored by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the great friendship between Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Korean children perform a traditional drum routine during the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival featured musical and dance performances by Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)
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Korean children perform a traditional drum routine during the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival featured musical and dance performances by Koreans and Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Sontang Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival is a way for Koreans and Americans to celebrate their long-lasting friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)
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Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival at the Sontang Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25, 2014. The festival is a way for Koreans and Americans to celebrate their long-lasting friendship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lancaster)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --  Koreans and Americans share their cultures with one another to strengthen the ever-increasing bond as neighbors during the 11th Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival in the Songtan Entertainment District, Republic of Korea, Oct. 25 and 26.

The two-day festival was hosted by the Songtan Chamber of Commerce and celebrates the friendship between the ROK and the United States.

Live musical, dance and martial arts performances were featured throughout the event. It was a family friendly event that provided food, games, rides and culture for people to enjoy.

Col. Brook Leonard, 51st Fighter Wing commander, spoke during the opening ceremony and shared in the Korean American friendship.

"It truly is a wonderful night to celebrate our friendship," said Leonard. "On this beautiful night, we celebrate a beautiful relationship. And I thank you for a wonderful opportunity to celebrate in this friendship festival which reflects that beauty."

Leonard cherishes the friendship the U.S and ROK share.

"It is friendships just like this all across South Korea that form the cornerstone for the U.S. and ROK alliance," he said. "It is a great alliance because even though we do not share a common border or a common language, we share a common passion for freedom and democracy.

"Our families have grown up here together, but more importantly we have grown our families together. So as we walk around and see Americans and Koreans celebrating together, let us remember that the Osan, Songtan, and Pyeongtaek cities are one family."