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President Yoon inspires policemen and firefighters for Chuseok holiday
President Yoon praises frontline workers for working through the holiday and promises to improve working conditions
By Kim Ji-eun President Yoon Suk-yeol visited the Eulji District of the Jungbu Police Station and the Jungbu Fire Station to encourage employees who are working tirelessly during the Chuseok holidays on the afternoon of Sept. 30. The President first visited Eulji District Station and held a meeting with officers in the field. The meeting was attended by about 10 employees of various ages, ranging from Eulji District Captain Ko Kwang-beom, who is set to retire at the end of the year, to Constable Park Moo-sung, who was appointed to the police force in December last year, and had a relaxed conversation with the President. The President encouraged the members of the district to continue their policing activities during the Chuseok holiday, promised to improve the working conditions of police officers in the field, and expressed his intention to make the attendees proud to be Korean police officers. After the meeting, the President visited the simulation shooting range on the 7th floor of Eulji District Headquarters and watched a shooting training demonstration. The simulated firing range was installed as part of strengthening on-the-spot response capabilities to actively combat suspicious and heinous crimes, and is equipped to allow police officers to train with model firearms that are the same size and weight as the ones they use in the field. Before leaving the district, the President expressed his encouragement and gratitude to the officers of the Jungbu Police Station through the police radio network and asked them to strive for the people every moment. The President then visited the Jungbu Fire Station to receive a report on the status of special vigilance duty during the Chuseok holiday, and went to the garage to encourage 30 frontline workers, including new firefighters, rescue captains, and command team leaders, who were waiting to be dispatched. The President expressed his gratitude for the hard work of firefighters who continue to fulfill their duties without being able to go home for the Chuseok holiday and listened to the difficulties of frontline workers, and the firefighters expressed their gratitude for the President's visit.
President Yoon hosts a luncheon meeting for compatriots of atomic bomb victims
President Yoon Seok-yeol says, "The government will not turn a blind eye to their pain"
By Lee Kap-soo President Yoon Suk-yeol and First Lady Kim Keon-hee attended a luncheon meeting for compatriots of the atomic bomb victims at the Presidential official residence on the afternoon of September 29, Chuseok, the second day of the six-day Chuseok holiday. As the president shook hands with compatriots, they stood up to greet him with loud applause. The President met with the atomic bomb survivors for the first time as a South Korean president in Hiroshima on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in May, and said he would invite them to South Korea in the near future, and he fulfilled that promise with this invitation. The President consoled those present, noting that tens of thousands of Koreans lost their lives and homes to the atomic bombing in Hiroshima 78 years ago, and that their grief and suffering was compounded by the fact that it was inflicted on their homeland during the colonial era. The President said that the Korean government will not turn a blind eye to the suffering of its compatriots, and hoped that this visit would bring some comfort to the grief of the victims of the atomic bombing. The President also said that his visit to the Korean atomic bomb victims' memorial in Hiroshima with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida in May was to honor the victims of the atomic bombing and pledge to build a future of peace and prosperity together, adding that his government will continue to promote peace and prosperity in the region in cooperation with Japan, which shares the values of freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. Hiroshima native Kwon Jun-oh, chairman of the Korean Special Committee for Victims of the Atomic Bombing, made a speech on behalf of compatriots. Kwon said he was grateful and honored that President and Mrs. Yoon kept the promise they made in Hiroshima in May. Kwon said that the fact that they jointly visited the memorial with Prime Minister Kishida and his wife made headlines in Japan, and that the Japanese people around them responded that a new era has come to Japan-Korea relations, giving them hope that they can now live in a better environment. The meeting was a meaningful occasion for the Atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and their compatriots living in Korea to express their gratitude with Chuseok food and feel the warmth of their homeland and the holiday atmosphere. Yoo Young-hee, secretary general of the Korea Atomic Bomb Survivors Association, said that she was very grateful to be invited to such an honorable event after being marginalized for 78 years. She said that her two older sisters and her parents were victims, but they were living in hiding, unable to say that they were victims, so she was grateful that the organization organized this event today. Kim Hwa-ja, former vice chairperson of the Hiroshima Prefectural Headquarters of the Women's Federation of Korea, said that she was bombed in Hiroshima when she was 4 years old, and although she was only 4 years old, she had a clear memory of it. She cried, saying that she was honored to be in this position after having to hide the fact that she was a first-generation atomic bomb survivor. Kim then introduced the story of Ms. Sadako Sasaki, who had been hospitalized from elementary school due to radiation exposure. Her brother, who was a classmate, visited her in the hospital and told her, "If you fold a thousand paper cranes, you will live for a thousand years," and that "if you fold a thousand paper cranes, even if you don't live for a thousand years, you will get better," but that was the last time they met, Kim said. Kim said that as a Korean and a survivor of the atomic bombing, she sincerely appreciated the President and his wife's visit to the memorial to Korean atomic bomb victims. The luncheon menu included samsaekjeon, traditional japchae, steamed abalone, grilled tteokgalbi, beef muguk, yakgwa, songpyeon, and rice wine, allowing the compatriots to feel the atmosphere of the Chuseok holiday in their homeland. In addition, the compatriots were able to feel the spirit of their homeland by watching cultural performances such as the Gayageum Trio, Fan Dance, and Gyeonggi folk songs such as Arirang, performed by the Korea Cultural Foundation Arts Troupe, and baritone Kim Dong-gyu's nostalgic Geumgangsan. Afterward, a group photo was taken to commemorate the important meeting. Before departing, the President greeted the compatriots, saying, "I hope that during your stay in Korea, you will experience the development of your country and enjoy the autumnal atmosphere of your homeland." The compatriots responded with loud applause.
President Yoon visits a forward division to recognize soldiers' efforts in vigilance operations
Yoon Suk-yeol visits the 25th Infantry Division of the Forward Army
By Lee Jon-young On the afternoon of October 1, the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ROK Armed Forces and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty, President Yoon Suk-yeol visited the Army's 25th Infantry Division on the front lines of the Western Front to inspect its robust military readiness and commend the soldiers for their efforts in vigilant operations. The President's visit included a report on military readiness from Maj. Gen. Choi Sung-jin, commander of the 25th Infantry Division, a tour of the GOP fence, and a meeting with soldiers. Upon his arrival, the President left a message on a guestbook, "Proud and confident in the 25th Division of the Rising Dragon Army," and received a military readiness briefing from Major General Choi Sung-jin at the division's observation post. Major General Choi explained that this was the first area where North Korean tunnels were discovered, reported on the situation at the time of the discovery, and asked detailed questions about the status of the frontline, including the armistice line and thrust fence. The President also observed the North Korean army's outposts through a telescope. When Major General Choi reported that the ROK is preparing for North Korea's unmanned aerial vehicles and will thoroughly punish the North if it provokes, the President emphasized, "Don't wait a second to respond." The President went on to encourage the 30 soldiers who are steadfastly defending the frontline and asked them to maintain their readiness without wavering. "I am deeply grateful for the efforts of the soldiers under Division Commander Choi Sung-jin, who are dedicated to GOP vigilance operations on the front lines of the Western Front," the President said. He continued to say, "I am proud of the soldiers of the Rising Dragon Corps, who always win when they fight. Today is the 75th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Korea. At the Armed Forces Day ceremony on the 26th, I witnessed with my eyes the majesty of our military, which has grown into a powerful force." "Although the current security situation is very severe, I feel secure with the people after seeing your imposing majesty," he said. The President also emphasized that "security and economy are one and the same," and urged them to "take pride in your duties, knowing that your dedication on the front lines of security is the key to boosting our economy and industries." "I want to thank you and commend you for your tireless efforts to keep us safe, even during the holiday season," the president concluded, drawing applause from the audience. Division Commander Choi said that the soldiers were informed of the President's visit yesterday due to security concerns, and said that the President's visit would be the greatest gift to our soldiers. Corporal Song Ki-hyun, who was also present, said that he was thrilled to see the President attend the Armed Forces Day event despite the rain. "You look much younger than what I've seen in the media," he said, eliciting laughter from the audience, including the President. The President then personally toured the GOP perimeter patrol route on foot, checking the alertness and praising the soldiers for their hard work despite the holiday break. As he walked down the fence, the president asked if there were any safety risks from snow in winter and asked them to thoroughly equip themselves with safety equipment such as crampons, to which Major General Choi replied that they would do their best to ensure the safety of the soldiers, explaining that the current complex perimeter system with and without the fence has increased the efficiency of manpower operations compared to the past. "We are wary of two enemies," Choi said, "one is North Korea and the other is our own mannerisms. We are operating with a sense of urgency that if we fall into the mannerism that today is the same as yesterday and tomorrow will be the same as today, and close our eyes to the enemy's movements, our security will be defenseless." The president then traveled to a picket, where he interacted with soldiers on the front lines. "I know that your welfare and living conditions are better than in the past, but I'm still concerned that it's not as easy for you to adapt and fulfill your mission as it is for the general population," the president said to applause, adding, "As commander-in-chief, I think I need to do a better job of making sure that you are able to maximize your combat power." "Seeing your confident and dignified appearance made me think that this is true patriotism and love for the country, family and people," the president said, adding, "I am convinced that the older generation must responsibly open up your future, and that this country will be sustainable and develop further in the future because of you." "Thank you again and I'm so happy to see you on the 75th Armed Forces Day," the president said, noting that the country's soldiers are serving the country during the holidays.