One of the major events that the YCFL was part of in 2022 was to take part in the Fort Lee ceremony commemorating the 6.25 date of the Korean War. The Korean War, which was a devastating affair that divided the Korean peninsula and costed millions of lives, was started on June 5th, 1950. The date became a somber reminder for the tragedy of the war, and YCFL took part in the town’s effort to remember all those who have lost their lives in the war.
The event took place in front of the Korean War memorial located in the middle of Fort Lee. After opening remarks, the Honor Guard performed a meticulous ceremony in front of the memorial to honor the fallen veterans of the war. Both the Korean and American anthems were played, with the NY Classical Youth Orchestra providing the music. After a moment of silence, speeches were made by Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich. His speech was followed by remarks from VFW #2342 Commander Tony Lione, Korean War Veteran Al Gonzalez, NY Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, President of the Korean American Association of NJ Chang Heon Lee, and the KAAFL Scholarship Student Tiffany Kim. The ceremony closed with a memorial song of the Korean War, and lunch was served at the VFW Post 2342 building.
The YCFL would like to thank all of the esteemed guests for partaking in the ceremony.