June 2023

Hyundai Honors Korean War Veterans

Korean War Veteran Appreciation

On June 25, 1950, armed forces from North Korea, with aid from the Soviet Union, invaded the Republic of Korea (South Korea) beginning the Korean War.  The war would continue until the armistice of July 27, 1953.  No final peace treaty has ever been signed.

The United States helped lead a global effort in supporting the forces of the Republic of Korea in its defense.  In all, some 22 United Nations countries provided military and medical assistance.  Millions perished during the war, and it is believed that nearly 40,000 Americans died and more than 100,000 were wounded.


On May 19th of this year, Hyundai was honored to present its first U.N. & Korean War Appreciation Event.  As a Korean company with deep ties to the United Sates, Hyundai was proud to honor those who played such a vital role in the freedom and peace enjoyed by the Republic of Korea.

Fifteen Korean War veterans and their families took part in a festive day of cultural exchanges, live music, awards, gifts, and both Korean and American food.  The event took place at Hyundai’s headquarters in Norcross, GA.

Joining Stan Park, CEO of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., and other company executives were Jonghee Choi, Korean Consul in the United States and Kenneth Childre, Director of the North Region of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service.

“We were proud to take part in this well-deserved recognition of true American heroes,” said Lewis Byers, Executive Vice President/COO, Hyundai Material Handling.  “Their sacrifices helped to assure freedom, peace, and security to millions of people.  We must never forget what they did for all of us.”