Honorary Citizen, Gwangju, Republic of Korea

On 1 December 2006 I received a large certificate printed in Korean and in English that stated “Honorary Citizenship. No. 34 – The United States of America, Dr. George F. Drake. In appreciation for your patronage and friendly support for the development of Gwangju Metropolitan City, I hereby take the privilege of granting you honorary citizenship of Gwangju on behalf of its citizens. December 1. 2006, Park, Kwang-tae, Mayor, Gwangju Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea.” In that same ceremony I was presented with a medal of Honorary Citizenship. The ceremony was shown on TV and covered in the national media. He was presented with a scroll by Lee Don Heung, one of Korea’s great artists that says “Bell of Democracy – George F. Drake – We shall always remember your. 1 December 2006.”

Gwangju is a city in southwestern Korea with a population of over 1.4 million inhabitants. This was my second Honorary Citizen award. The first was in Manizales, Colombia in 1964.