Biden opens Day 2 in Seoul with visit to National Cemetery
Updated: 2022-05-21 14:20:09 KST
U.S. President Joe Biden opened his second Day in Seoul with a visit to the National Cemetery on Saturday.
Wearing white gloves and a somber expression, the U.S. leader participated in a wreath-laying ceremony to pay his respects and honor the sacrifice of soldiers who died defending the Republic of Korea during the Korean War.
With no entourage in attendance but only an interpreter next to him, Biden paid a silent tribute and burned incense.
There, he wrote, "With reverence for the heroes who gave everything for their country. Their legacy lives on in the democratic and free Republic of Korea they helped create. May their bravery never be forgotten."
Biden's close relationship with Seoul dates back to the 1980s, when former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung was an ardent pro-democracy activist.
In fact, in 1987, he sent a letter to Kim, expressing his interest in Kim's views on establishing democracy in the country.
His wife, Jill Biden, also visited South Korea in 2015 for the first time as the 'Second Lady' of the U.S., again showing much affection and closeness to Seoul.
Biden's also been to the Demilitarized Zone, separating the two Koreas twice in 2001 as a senator and most recently in 2013 as vice president, even bringing his granddaughter with him.
That's when he celebrated the 60th anniversary of the two countries' alliance.
Biden's visit to Seoul this year is the fourth time he has visited the nation's capital.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.