The Reason Lee Seung Gi Stood in Front of Cameras for the First Time Since Enlistment…

Singer/actor Lee Seung Gi appeared on the TV screen for the first time since he enlisted in February. It was at the 61st Memorial Day Ceremony held at Seoul National Cemetery on June 6. Being devoted to his military service, Lee Seung Gi had declined (participation in) all military personnel performance events; but on the contrary, he attended this ceremony and continuously lighted up the broadcast cameras.

On this day, Lee Seung Gi went on stage, wearing a beret and combat uniform, and sang the national anthem. It was in sharp contrast to the colorful ceremonial uniforms worn by the navy and air force band soldiers who were singing next to him. Lee Seung Gi is serving as an intelligence soldier in the 13th Brigade under Army Special Warfare Command. He even completed parachute training of jumping from an altitude of 700 meters back in April.

The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs who oversees the Memorial Day ceremony sounded out Lee Seung Gi through the Ministry of National Defense in early May (about participating in the ceremony). The Ministry of National Defense instructed Special Warfare Command, “He may participate if he himself wishes, without interrupting the unit operation.” A military official explained, “In the army, navy and air force, soldiers who participate in ceremonies are summoned, and we mostly choose military band soldiers who sing well. But in Special Warfare Command, Lee Seung Gi who has a singing career was chosen.”

Lee Seung Gi reportedly hesitated over participating in this event. When enlisting and serving, he has repeatedly expressed his intention to reject any attention or special favors given to celebrities. There was concern that this could be seen as him coming near to losing his original intention.

However, he changed his mind as this is a government ceremony the President attends and it’s the first event held during the month of patriots and veterans [June]. Another military official said, “Lee Seung Gi and his agency decided to participate because they identified with the noble purpose of this event.”

Lee Seung Gi does not plan to participate in any other events during the remainder of his military service.

source: hankookilbo via naver
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17 Responses to The Reason Lee Seung Gi Stood in Front of Cameras for the First Time Since Enlistment…

  1. seagizem says:

    Woah he was recommended 😆 seung gi oppa is really something 😍 he always makes us proud 🙌😘

  2. HopesDD says:

    I’m proud he was singled among many idols/celebrities in the army. Nation’s Little Brother is the perfect fit for a national event.
    So he rejects all kind of events appearances 😥 I’ll treasure this Seung Gi-ya

    • Lydia Vanessa Serrano says:

      Me too. Is so Seung Gi like to not want any preferences, I am so proud of Him too!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this very read-worthy translation, Tryp ^^
    After reading this Eng version, I feel so touching and can’t help to be so proud of Seung Gi as a fan.
    SWC soldier Lee Seung Gi, fighting!

    • Anonymous says:

      I just can’t hep to read again and again it…
      “There was concern that this could be seen as him coming near to losing his original intention”. This is also what Lee Seo Jin and some insiders worrying abt in interview last month, right? That Seung Gi might lose his desire to live as a celebrity days by days and would assign in the army as an official soldier there?
      I feel so confused right now T.T

      • seunggifan says:

        I trust seunggi, he said and promise to his beloved fans AIREN will doing military service deligently, and comeback as a real man, he said for waiting him

      • HopesDD says:

        No, this is to say that he’s focusing on his service and refuses all types of advantage given to celebrities. Doing this made him afraid he’d lose his roots (meaning he’s accepting an easy way somehow out of duty), which isn’t the case that’s why he accepted.

        PS, this person just asked a question since s/he was confused, it’d be much better not to downvote her/him and assume things but explain nicely to her/him.

  4. Anonymous says:

    our Seunggi making Airens proud always. no one like him.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Words couldn’t express of how very proud I was seeing him sang on the national event today! ^^

    But I feel even more proud after learning about how he actually prefer to lay low from medias spotlight while serving. That’s so humble and respectable of him! 🙂

    Also proud at the fact that he who is a Special Warfare Command soldier was specially chosen by higher-up when most of the summoned ones came from military band. Praying for the rest of his enlistment days going very well and smooth. God bless ❤

  6. iHeartLeeSeungGi says:

    Seung Gi oppa is really gallant and i do agree that he always makes his FANS (AIRENS) proud of him.. He do not want any interruption (e.g Special attention from the media) while serving his mandatory service. He is really DAEBAK and a truly wonderful and amazing person.. Keep it up oppa, we’re so proud of you.. God Bless!!

  7. seunggi nuna says:

    This day like an oasis in the desert. To see him in videos and even singing can fill holes created in my heart every time I miss him since he left. This man keep his word to serve quietly. And I wait his another words that he will comeback safely..

  8. 4dmind says:

    Reblogged this on 4dmind and commented:
    Looks like we won’t be able to see SeungGi for a while after this event. ㅜㅜ

    • Hasmah says:

      Huuu..😭 seems like it ha? Going to miss him even so badly after this. Nevertheless, respected his decision & will patiently wait for his safe return to us next year. Time, fly fast please & let us see our charming prince soon..

  9. Lydia Vanessa Serrano says:

    I agree with Him. This is an special event, not for just people, but in honor of those Who had sacrifice their lives in ways to help and protect others that are free today. That’s what honor in service in the military excel, so this is not special treatment for Seung Gi, is an honor and an oportunity to honor the Fallen. I am sure that’s why Seung Gi did it. So good, I love Him more and more. Definitely I have chosen well to be his fan, He is just awesome. My respects and all my love for our Sweetie, we are waiting for sure for you!

  10. crazyahjummafan says:

    I did not know about his intention not to appear in any public performances. And his desire not to have special favours is expected of him.

    I was so impressed with him when I read this article. Way to go Seunggi! You’re the Best!

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