Seoul American students perform the U.S. and Korean national anthems during a closing ceremony for the school complex on Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Monday, June 3, 2019. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Seoul American students perform the U.S. and Korean national anthems during a closing ceremony for the school complex on Yongsan Garrison, South Korea, Monday, June 3, 2019. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

‘We will always be Falcon family’: Yongsan bids farewell to Seoul American school complex after 60 years

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Students, teachers, administrators, community and alumni from as far back as the 1970s gathered on Monday to bid farewell to Seoul American elementary, middle and high schools.

Some 1,200 people, including more than 50 alumni, filled Falcon Gym to capacity with standing room in the back. Spillover spectators viewed the school complex’s closing ceremony via live stream in the auditorium a couple of hundred feet away.

“It’s bittersweet,” elementary school principal Tiffany Weddle said at a reception at the Dragon Hill Lodge mezzanine following the 1½-hour-long ceremony.

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