In 2003, the United States Congress declared January 13th as the Korean American Day and 2014 marks the 11th anniversary. Many elected members of Congress sent their regards for the Korean American community to Korean American Civic Empowerment.

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Congressman Michael Honda – CA 17

It is an honor to extend my warmest greetings to all who are celebrating the 111st Anniversary of Korean American Day. I am grateful for the opportunity to extend my support on this momentous day.

As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am proud to celebrate and acknowledge the indelible contributions and accomplishments of the Korean American community to the grander fabric and story of America. One hundred and eleven years ago, on January 13, 102 men, women and children traveled from the Korean Peninsula, aboard the S.S. Gaelic, and landed in Hawaii- marking the first entry of Korean immigrants on U.S. shores. Since their arrival, the Korean American community has enriched our nation’s society, culture, economy and arts -becoming the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. and male diver to win back-to-back diving gold medals; to serving with distinction in the U.S. Armed Forces, and high level posts in our current Administration and judicial seats; while making invaluable strides in entrepreneurship and medicine; and bridging the ties between U.S. and South Korea.

I feel a particular sense of family and affection to Korean-Americans, and to Korea, where I have traveled numerous times. Without a doubt, Korean Americans have played a critical role in my hometown and congressional district (CA-17) -contributing to our community and diversity. Diversity enriches our nation and I hope every American will take this opportunity to learn and share in the Korean culture. Today, alongside the nearly two million Korean Americans across our nation, including over 16,000 in my district of CA-17, I am honored to celebrate their continued journey.

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Congressman Ed Royce – CA 39

I am pleased to offer my greetings and best wishes to all those participating in Korean American Day. This year, we celebrate the 111th anniversary of Korean American Day and we honor the men and women of the Korean American community, as well as their contributions to society. Korean immigrants have become a key part of our country. Hundreds, if not, thousands of Korean Americans are also serving in our nation’s military, as well as the local, state, and federal levels of government. Their hard work and dedication should be duly noted, and I strongly encourage the Korean American community to continue in their service.

In the last 60 years, we have witnessed South Korea as an example of the rise above poverty into an economically strong nation. Today, South Korea is one of the United States’ strongest allies and 7th largest trading partner. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am committed to the strong relationship between the United States and South Korea.

I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work in organizing this event and for helping make this event possible. I wish you a successful event and a prosperous new year!

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – FL 27

As we celebrate the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States this year, I write to offer my sincerest support and encouragement to your organization and the entire Korean American community.

Korean Americans have a long history of enhancing the development, culture, and success of the United States. From their honorable service in World Wars I and II, as well as the Korean conflict, to their achievements in sports, science, and the arts, Korean Americans have a rich tradition of making meaningful contributions and sacrifices for our great nation. Since the first 102 Koreans immigrated here on January 13, 1903, your community has enriched the fabric of our American society.

Today, Korean Americans continue to innovate, prosper, and sacrifice for the United States in both the public and private sectors. Whether it’s service in a local, state, or the federal government, as a member of the Armed Forces, or contributions in fields like medicine, law, and business, Korean Americans have been instrumental in making the United States what it is today. In addition, the United States’ critical partnership with our friend and ally Korea is made incalculably stronger by the leadership of Korean Americans.

On this Korean American Day, January 13, I thank the entire Korean American community and join all Americans in celebrating their lasting legacy in the United States. I look forward to another productive and successful year working with you as we take our nation to even greater heights.

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Congressman Peter Roskam – IL 6

I write to send my encouragement on the occasion of Korean American Day and the 111th anniversary of recognizing Korean immigration to the United States. While my responsibilities in Congress prevent me from being with you this evening, I want to wish you all the best as you join together to celebrate the many important contributions of Korean Americans to our history and culture.

Our two countries share a deep and sustained friendship. As the son of a Korean War veteran, I have a foundational appreciation for the shared history between the U.S. and Korea. Passage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was a historic milestone, and will strengthen this alliance that is of such tremendous strategic importance. Throughout our history, the Korean American community has been a vibrant part of American business, art, culture, and more. Korean American Day reminds us to deeply appreciate this legacy of partnership and prosperity.

I join with your family and friends in celebrating this special occasion. I look forward to working with you in the days ahead on issues of mutual interest.

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Congressman Scott Garrett – NJ 5

On Korean-American Day, it is with great pleasure that I extend my sincerest and best wishes to all of our Korean-American friends. I am proud to honor their heritage and contributions to our great nation.

Since the arrival of 102 pioneer Korean immigrants to Hawaii, Korean-Americans have demonstrated their commitment to the well-being of our community through their dedication to freedom and hard work. The Korean-American community has long been regarded as an important community in the Fifth Congressional District, and Korean-Americans continue to remain an energetic force within this country.

This year, I am proud to join in with Korean-Americans throughout the United States as they celebrate this memorable occasion, and I am especially honored to represent you in New Jersey’s Fifth District where I have experienced- first hand- the crucial role Korean-Americans have played in our community. I am certain that Korean-Americans will continue to expand on their already impressive accomplishments.

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Congressman Steve Israel – NY 3

I want to express my best wishes to Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and the Korean Community as we celebrate Korean American Day. I commend KACE for continuing to fight to empower and mobilize the Korean American community to take local action for the betterment of our society.

I look forward to many years ahead of friendship with the Korean community and I congratulate and thank Korean American Civic Empowerment for its continued hard work.

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Congresswoman Grace Meng – NY 6

It is a tremendous honor to join the Korean American community in celebrating the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.

In 1903, the first Korean immigrants arrived in the U.S., and ever since that historic moment Korean Americans have played an integral role in the prosperity of America. The Korean community has contributed enormously to all aspects of our society; everything from strengthening our economy to improving our neighborhoods.

I am honored to represent a thriving Korean American community in New York, and I’m proud to salute the vibrancy and accomplishments that Korean Americans have and will continue to make to our nation.”

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Congressman Joseph Crowley – NY 14

On this Korean American Day, the 111th anniversary of the Korean immigration to the United States, I am honored to congratulate the Korean American community for their profound contributions to the betterment of our society. The rich traditions and proud history of this community have played a part in the vibrancy of America and have helped shape our country into the nation it is today.

The achievements of Korean Americans in our country are commendable, and I encourage organizations like KACE to keep up their noble cause to ensure their communities continue to thrive.

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Congressman Gerald Connolly – VA 11

As co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, it is my great honor to join you in celebrating the 2014 Korean American Day, which recognizes the 111th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States. As you know, on January 13, 1903, 102 Korean pioneers landed in Hawaii to work in the sugar cane fields. The number of Korean Americans now living in the United States has grown to nearly 2 million people, and the Washington metropolitan region has the third-largest Korean population in the country behind New York City and Los Angeles.

The 11th Congressional District of Virginia is enriched by many diverse cultures, including more than 32,000 people of Korean ancestry. This diversity and vibrancy has enriched the entire region and helped to strengthen our robust economy, excellent schools, and strong family values. Korean-Americans help their communities across the United States in countless ways. They serve in the military; run for public office; work in local, state, and national government; help new immigrants adjust to life here; and assist their neighbors in need regardless of nationality.

Therefore, it is very fitting that we celebrate Korean American Day every January 13 and take a moment to thank our neighbors and friends of Korean descent for helping to make the United States a stronger and better country. I look forward to continuing to work with the Korean-American community towards the achievement of our common goals.

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