President Moon Jae-in met U.S. President Joe Biden face-to-face for the first time on Friday,at a Medal of Honor ceremony.
Biden had invited Moon to join the event,during which,he awarded Korean War veteran Ralph Puckett with the Medal of Honor,making Moon the first foreign leader to participate in the White House honor.
The two leaders showed their highest courtesy towards Colonel Puckett,who had led his Rangers through enemy counterattacks even after being wounded by a hand grenade.
And they used the occasion to reaffirm the ironclad alliance between South Korea and the U.S.
"We will forever remember the courage, sacrifice and friendship of veterans. The South Korea-U.S. alliance formed by the blood of heroes has become a key pillar of peace and prosperity beyond the Korean Peninsula.
"The strength of the alliance between the United States, the Republic of Korea was born out of the courage, determination, sacrifice, and of the Korean troops fighting shoulder to shoulder with American troops. And having you here today is an important recognition of all that our nation has achieved together, both of them, in the decades since."
Later in the day, Moon also attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.
The monument will be completed in June next year,..and will include some 36-thousand American soldiers and 72-hundred members of the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army,…who lost their lives in the war.
That would make it the first monument in the country to bear the names of foreign soldiers.
The South Korean government is offering some 23 million U.S. dollars for this,… representing another new symbol of what they emphasized as an ironclad alliance.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.