Graduation in a tense situation
DAESONG-DONG, Republic of Korea - Military escorts, United States and Republic of Korea Soldiers and school children? These are not the normal sights you would see at an elementary school graduation. But in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) they are all too common. In the village of Daeseong-dong, just 1,050 feet from the border with North Korea, every day is met with military presence, including a school graduation. The town is the only one allowed in the entire southern portion of the DMZ.

"The ladies felt like this was a very unique and special event that they were privileged to attend," said Alisa Mahoney, who was on her first visit to the village. "Going to the village is not a normal spot on the DMZ tour and we appreciated JSA Command Sgt. Maj. (Eric) Kloss for arranging the trip to the school and the DMZ."


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