Yonhap News TV - Annapolis, MD Report
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Representing a growing and thriving Korean-American community, Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan declares April 5th as "Maryland's Tae Kwon Do Day."
"In Korea, April 5th is Arbor Day celebrating growth and new beginnings," said Hogan. "So, Tae Kwon Do here in Maryland is now also on April 5th to represent the growing and thriving Korean-American community in our state and the growing, thriving relationship between Korea and the state of Maryland," he said.
The ceremony consisted of various traditional Korean performances and a series of Tae Kwon Do routines with a special kick-off performance by Hogan, himself.
"This martial art form is recognized not only as an important part of Korea's cultural legacy, but for its positive values promoting physical and mental health, and discipline," Hogan said, referring to Tae Kwon Do.
Steadying a hand on a stack of wooden planks with "Partisan Gridlock" printed across the top, Hogan positions himself with his other hand ready to strike.
He successfully breaks through all four sturdy planks and faces the cheering crowd victoriously.
Hogan, often referring himself as the Korean son-in-law, or "Han-Gook Sa-wie," is married to Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan, and has involved himself in the Korean-American community in his state.
Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last year, Hogan underwent intensive chemotherapy, and has now been declared 100 percent cancer-free.
At the ceremony, Hogan is seen healthy and almost a full head of hair, which he lost during his cancer treatment.