On October 20th, the 2018 National Cultural Festival for Peaceful Reunification of Korea event was held in the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino, CA. I had the honor to be one of the recipients of the Korea Unification Contribution Award. Recipients were given a medal and award, and were honored by a wonderful ceremony. The award read:
“Your contribution to the promotion of peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula has been chosen as the recipient of the 2018 Korea Unification Contribution Award. In honor of that achievement, we will present the medal and plaque of peace on the Korean Peninsula, which is made by melting the DMZ barbed wire and the shell used in the Korean War, symbolizing the division of the Korean peninsula, with the appreciation and respect of all Koreans.”Mr. Chung Ui Wha, the Chairman of the 19th National Assembly of Korea, presented the awards and plaques: I was honored to have the opportunity to present medals to our Veterans who served in the Korean War. This was especially moving for me, as any one of those soldiers may have helped save my life when I was a young girl running from the bombs in the Korean War!
I had the opportunity to share a few thoughts after receiving my medal. My main message was to share with everyone that as we strive to generate peace in the Korean Peninsula, it is most important that we recognize that peace comes from within us. So, let us have peace in our heart, and may it continue to grow, so we can share peace with the whole world. Always remember: He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!