This Veterans Day it is appropriate to recognize the 60th Anniversary to honor those who fought in what is often called, ‘America’s Forgotten War,’ or Korean War.
Two battles were fought over the unlikely battleground of Pork Chop Hill. This hill, nearly 1,000 feet high, had no military value but was fought over during the spring and summer of 1953 for political gain, said an American Legion post.
‘The first battle of two days caused high casualties due to poor coordination and heavy hand-to-hand combat. Some units suffered more than 50% casualties, but American forces finally caused the Chinese to withdraw,’ continues the post.
The Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post 13 in continuing, asks: “We again pray for the return of our peace-keeping forces to resume the search for 7,911 American MIAs buried somewhere in North Korea.”
“To all of our Korean War veterans: See the courage in their faces. See the pride which is understood. See their faith in each other. See their bond of brotherhood.
These soldiers who fought these battles from Pusan to Pork Chop Hill call us all to ‘remember us,’” states the request.
“Our patriotism says we will. This war is not forgotten, for every Legion man remembers the Korean War veterans and prays the fighting won’t ever start again,” the Chaplain of Post 13 said.
The Korean War has been overlooked for decades. The next conflict, in Vietnam, our returning soldiers were not given a hero’s welcome home, but despite doing what they were trained for through the leadership of our country, for doing what we all asked of them, they were treated abominably. They should be thanked for their incredible service.
Thankfully, in other later conflicts in the Middle East, our technology has improved immensely to offer solutions for survival and helping replace missing limbs with modern substitutes. They are also revered by many as they return. Let us never forget those veterans who came before and now those who stand with us today.
Veterans Day is Monday, November 11, at 11 a.m. A ceremony to honor those long gone to those veterans who remain amongst us will be held at the Community Park (6th Avenue East) in Havana … the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month.