It was my pleasure to honor and welcome members of our Korean American community to Olympia for the 2016 Korean American Day celebration.

In 2007, as a member of the House of Representatives, I was proud to support legislation that officially established January 13th as Korean American Day in our state. Each year, I look forward to meeting with this group as we gather to celebrate on this day.

On Jan. 13th, we join other communities and states across the nation in commemorating the arrival of the first Korean immigrants who arrived 113 years ago. Since then, the hard work and determination of all Korean-Americans has not gone unnoticed. Korean-Americans have made and continue to make significant contributions to our communities, our state, and our country.

I would like to extend a special thank you to the members of the organizing committee whose hard work helped to make the 9th annual Korean Day possible.