SEOUL, The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) on Wednesday held a honor guard ceremony to mark the upcoming departure of South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, underscoring his contribution to the bilateral alliance.

At the U.S. military garrison in Yongsan, Seoul, USFK Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks hosted the event for the outgoing minister who has served in the post since July last year. President Moon Jae-in has tapped Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo to succeed him.

"The South Korea-U.S. alliance was born in the gunfire of the Korean War 68 years ago, and I am sure that the alliance will continue to develop for not only 680 years, but also 6,800 years," Song said in his speech.

"Looking back, Commander Gen. Brooks and the U.S. Forces Korea were our reassuring friends and brothers ... With the attitude to fight tonight, we, along with you, have maintained peace and stability on the peninsula," he added.

Source: Yonhap News Agency