CLARION - It may be the "forgotten war", but Thursday afternoon the men who fought in the Korean War were remembered.

Eight veterans of that war were honored at a service at Clarion Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 2145.

"The Embassy of South Korea and people of South Korea created the Ambassador of Peace medal to recognize our Korean War veterans," said Col. Bob DeSousa who represented U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

DeSousa said 700 Korean veterans have been recognized across the state.

"The Korean War is often called the forgotten war because it is wedged between World War II and Vietnam," said DeSousa. "It may be the forgotten war here but it has never been forgotten by the people of South Korea."

The proclamation from the South Korean Ambassador read, in part, "It is a great honor and privilege to express the everlasting gratitude of the Republic of Korea and our people for the service you and your countrymen have performed in restoring and preserving our freedom and democracy."

"It is a solemn honor for us to thank those who served their country, liberated others worldwide and stood for the things America stands for," said state Sen. Scott Hutchinson of Oil City, who is the son of Korean War veteran Jon Hutchinson.

Hutchinson quoted President Calvin Coolidge who said, "A nation which forgets its defenders will itself soon be forgotten."

"I am in awe of what they have done for our country," said Rep. Donna Uberlandia whose grandfather was a Korean War veteran. We need to show our appreciation the way the South Koreans have. It is wonderful to see that they are continuing to show that appreciation.

Receiving the Ambassador Peace Medal were Richard Wayne Hamilton, Callen Leroy Hull, Donald P. Tarr, Robert Eugene Kinzey, Herman R. Smith, Robert Eugene Thompson, Ralph Richard Umstead and Robert Elmer Young.

The Rev. Monty Sayers of Clarion Immaculate Conception Parish offered the invocation.

Member of Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol, Clarion Composite Squadron, presented the colors.

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