by Eden Laikin
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined members of Nassau’s Korean-American community today to commemorate the proud heritage of Korean Americans and their invaluable contributions to enhancing Nassau County’s culture, economy and the founding ideals of independence and democracy.
Today, 1.7 million people of Korean descent live throughout the United States.
The ceremony, held in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola, began with the singing of God Bless America, followed by the Korean National Anthem and an introduction by the president of the Korean American Association of Long Island.
Honored at the event were: Yun Ho Kim, President of J&A Inc. and John Lee – CEO of Lumina Energy Solutions.
Korean Consulate General Gun-hwa Kim and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves also made remarks.
County Executive Mangano presented an American flag to Kim, saying it was a “symbol of our friendship between the United States and Korea and on behalf of Nassau County’s 1.3 million residents.”
“Today we gather to celebrate Korean-American Day and remember the first wave of 102 Korean immigrants who travelled to the United States on January 13, 1903,” County Executive Mangano said. “We recognize Korean Americans today and their contributions made to our communities, not only here in Nassau, but all across the nation. Korean-Americans are hard workers and dedicated to improving Nassau County for all of its residents. The Korean-American communities have played a very important role in the growth of Nassau County. You have helped grow our local economy and build it for the future.”
Mangano said the two honorees were “amazing individuals…community and corporate leaders and most deserving of today’s awards.”