Korea holds largest Armed Forces Day ceremony in 10 years
Thousands of military personnel gathered at the Seoul Air Base in the southern part of the capital on Tuesday to celebrate the 65th Armed Forces Day.
The ceremony was hosted by the Korean Ministry of National Defense, with President Park Geun-hye and Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin in attendance.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Martin Dempsey, were there as well in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance.
The officials were witness to several traditional performances by the honor guard as well as a taekwondo demonstration by Korea's Special Forces.
"The Armed Forces Day ceremony not only encourages current servicemen, it also reveals South Korea's military might to the world."
Some 1-hundred-20 aircrafts and more than 1-hundred-50 pieces of high-tech weaponry were on display some for the very first time to the public.
They included a South Korean-developed cruise missile called the Hyunmoo-3, which has a range of 15-hundred kilometers and can hit targets accurately in North Korea when fired from the South.
Meanwhile, another military parade also took place in the heart of Seoul involving roughly 1-hundred military vehicles and about 4,500 troops marching in formation.
"This is the first time I've seen a military parade first hand. They look very professional and reliable. It was also good to see all the high-tech gear up close."
Fitting with the theme for the day's events, which was "Celebration with the Citizens," tens of thousands of people turned up to show their support for the troops that protect and serve the Republic of Korea.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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