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Paying homage to Korean War vets

Many veterans of the Korean War feel that history has overlooked the sacrifices they made for their country during the fighting from 1950 to 1953.

Saturday, VFW Post 8698 will honor those who fought in that war with a Korean Vets Appreciation Day.

"We don't want those veterans to feel left out or forgotten," Post Commander David Finley said. "It's time for remembering."

Coming between the major conflicts of World War II and Vietnam War, the fighting in Korea appears to have vanished into the pages of history, Finley said.

U.S. units, making up the majority of the U.N. forces in the conflict, battled North Korean soldiers directed by the Soviet Union and later an estimated 300,000 Chinese Communist soldiers for control of the Korean peninsula.

Saturday, Korean War veterans and their families and friends are invited to gather for a barbecue dinner at 4 p.m. at the post grounds on State Road 40, about 1 mile east of U.S. 19.

There is no charge, but guests are urged to bring a covered dish. Call 447-3495.