Obama, in South Korea, pays tribute to service members, victims of ferry sinking

By Juliet Eilperin, April 25, 2014

SEOUL — President Obama spent Friday afternoon in Seoul paying homage to American military service, as well as to the loss suffered by South Koreans in the April 16 sinking of the Sewol ferry.

Meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Obama first proposed holding a moment of silence to honor the men and women who lost their lives in this month’s accident. Then he offered Park an American flag as a sign of Americans’ sympathy for the loss of “so many young people, students who represented the vitality and the future of this nation.”

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