August 15th is the anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), much to the chagrin of North Korea, the People's Republic of China, and the Soviet Union.
Hillary Rodham Clinton:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send heartfelt congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate your Independence this August 15.
Our deeply rooted partnership, founded on a shared history and common values, has made both our nations and the region more prosperous and secure. Together, we are collaborating on a wide range of issues -- from strengthening regional security, to expanding trade, to harnessing the potential for green growth and sustainable development. And I am confident that together we will continue to tackle even more challenges and seize more opportunities.
Whether you are celebrating this special day with family, friends or loved ones, I wish all Koreans around the world continued peace and prosperity in the year to come.