SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, R-Irvine, is pleased to welcome Tae Hee Yim, South Korea’s National Minister of Labor and former member of the Korean National Assembly, to California today for an introduction on the Assembly Floor.
Wagner introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 7, a resolution which honors Korean War Armistice Day, the day North Korea and South Korea signed an agreement to cease fighting on July 27, 1953.
"These soldiers bravely laid the foundations for enduring peace and freedom. It is important that the people of California remember and recognize the significance of these soldiers’ actions and what it meant for our state and our country,” said Wagner. “Korea has come a long way since the War, and with Korea now being California’s fifth largest trade partner, our two nations are at a perfect opportunity to further our economic partnership.”
Mr. Yim will be visiting California for two weeks and emphasized the importance of not only remembering those who fought in the war, but also how California and Korea can improve economic ties.
“I would like to thank Assemblyman Wagner for introducing the bill, I thank the members of the California Legislature for adopting the resolution that recognizes July 27 as the Korean War Armistice Day,” said Minister Yim. “Let's bring peace to the Korean peninsula and other parts of the world.”
Also attending today’s press conference were Jeong Gwan Lee, Korea’s Consul General – based in San Francisco – and Pat Fong Kushida, CEO of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce.
“We are honored to join in supporting the Korean War Armistice Day Resolution which not only pays tribute to the many U.S. troops who fought bravely during the war, but also to the countless Korean families who made great sacrifices to ensure lasting peace and freedom,” said Kushida.
Assemblyman Wagner represents the 68th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the Orange County communities of Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Lake Forest, Anaheim, Villa Park, and surrounding areas.