Breaking Barriers: Osan celebrates Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival
By Tech. Sgt. Chad Thompson, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 26, 2011
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Americans and Koreans took time to break down some barriers and build their ever-growing friendship during the eighth annual Korean American Friendship Cultural Festival here Sept. 24 and 25.
The two-day event was held at the Songtan International Civic Center, just outside the Morin Gate, and the festival slogans were: "We go together" Gatchi Kapshida, and "Be a good neighbor" Choen Eeut Doepshida.
Food, fun and culture were among things people could enjoy at the festival. There were activities for children and several cultural demonstrations throughout the two days.
"Over the years our neighbors in Songtan have continuously extended warm Korea hospitality and we always try to reciprocate that kindness as ambassadors of the United States," said Col. Patrick McKenzie, 51st Fighter Wing Commander.
The events featured this year included American and Korean music performers, several martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances, food and entertainment booths.
"This weekend's events offer another opportunity for members of Team Osan, both new and old, to experience Korean generosity, share our culture with Korean friends and learn more about our host nation," the colonel said.