Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today commemorating the celebration of Korean Alaskan Friendship Day:
"It is my great honor to join with the citizens of Alaska and the Korean community in celebrating Korean Alaskan Friendship Day on June 20th this year," said Rep. Young. "Each year people across Alaska connect with the Korean community on this day to take part in the culture, diversity, and heritage that the Republic of Korea brings to us. I encourage all Alaskans to enjoy the commemorative festival this year as they share in the important cultural traditions the Korean community brings to Anchorage. Korea has been an important trading partner for our great State for more than forty years, and continues to serve the public as a vital air cargo link between Asia and North America. The opening of the Korean Consular Office in Anchorage in 2008 is a testament to the commitment and strong international ties between Korea and Alaska I look forward to partnering with Korean leaders on issues important to them in the future, and to many more years of strong ties of friendship, culture, and education."
Thursday, June 20th is the fourth annual official Korean Alaskan Friendship Day. Former Governor Sarah Palin first declared the holiday in 2008 in honor of the opening of the Korea Consular Office in Anchorage. A commemorative festival will be held June 22nd in Anchorage.