Representing President Donald Trump and the United States of America, I departed Joint Base Andrews on Saturday for my first trip to the Asia-Pacific region as Vice President to meet with American troops and visit key American allies.
Karen and I landed at Osan Air Base in Seoul, South Korea on Easter Sunday.
Our first visit on Sunday was to Seoul National Cemetery where I laid a wreath to honor South Koreans who sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.
That afternoon, we joined American and South Korean troops for an Easter Sunday service and then for a meal afterwards.
Every American is proud of and grateful for the willingness of these brave servicemen and women to step forward and serve the United States of America on this frontier of freedom that is South Korea.
Under the leadership of President Donald Trump, we're going to rebuild our military, restore the arsenal of democracy, and give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard the resources they need and deserve to the accomplish the mission they are given and come home safe.
I also shared the story of another soldier who served on the Korean Peninsula more than 60 years ago. My dad, Second Lieutenant Edward J. Pence, was in the 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army. It was in this month -- this very week -- in 1953 that my dad was awarded a Bronze Star here in Korea for action in combat. Today his medal stays close in my West Wing office.
You can get the latest updates from my visit to the Asia-Pacific region by following the hashtag #VPinASIA, @VPComDir, and @VPPressSec on social media. Each morning, you can also read a recap of the previous day here on wh.gov.