The American national flag (Stars and Stripes) and the Korean national flag (Taegeukgi) will be displayed together atop the tallest building in downtown Los Angeles.
On September 28, the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles (Consul General Youngwan Kim) announced plans to illuminate the Korean national flag and the American national flag on a large display board located on the rooftop of the Wilshire Grand Center building in downtown Los Angeles. This commemoration is in honor of the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-ROK alliance and the 120th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.
The two flags will be displayed every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight, spanning from October 5 to 8, coinciding with the Korean National Foundation Day celebration. The rooftop of the building, currently home to the InterContinental Hotel, has been adorned with a digital Taegeuk (yin-yang) symbol.
“The Korean flag and the American flag will be showcased on a large digital screen at the pinnacle of the building, accompanied by the phrase ’70 YEARS OF ALLIANCE,'” explained the Consulate General. Furthermore, the Consulate General entered into a memorandum of understanding with Hanjin International, the owner of the Wilshire Grand Center.
In the meantime, the Consulate General will host Korea’s National Foundation Day celebration on October 5 at the Consul General’s residence in Los Angeles. This event will feature a live TV broadcast of the flag-displaying ceremony.
Consul General Youngwan Kim expressed, “We anticipate that the flag-displaying ceremony, occurring on the anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-ROK Mutual Defense Treaty (October 1, 1953), will contribute to increasing awareness of the U.S.-ROK Alliance among U.S. citizens. Additionally, we hope this ceremony will be a special occasion for Korean Americans, who are commemorating the 120th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States.”
BY HYOUNGJAE KIM [firstname.lastname@example.org]