WHEREAS, the State of Alaska is grateful for the continuation of strong international relations with the Republic of Korea and appreciates the Korean community’s many contributions to the economic and cultural diversity of the Last Frontier; and
WHEREAS, the Korea Consular Office in Anchorage is a sign of the commitment between the citizens of Alaska and the Republic of Korea to maintain strong ties; and
WHEREAS, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines facilitate international trade between Korea and Alaska by providing essential air cargo links, and Korean Air is building Alaska’s visitor industry by providing seasonal air charter passenger services; and
WHEREAS, this day provides us an opportunity to celebrate the longstanding, mutually beneficial trading partnership and to remember and honor the Korean War veterans that are still with us, as well as those who perished, as today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of that war; and
WHEREAS, Koreans and Korean-Americans have made significant impacts to Alaska’s culture and history, and with deep gratitude, we celebrate those contributions and look forward to the continued strengthening of the bond between Korea and Alaska.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim June 25, 2020 as:
Korea-Alaska Friendship Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans and Koreans to recognize and celebrate our strong international ties of friendship, culture, and trade and to honor the memory of all those who, through their courage, dedication, and sacrifice, helped secure freedom for the people of the Republic of Korea.