BRADENTON, Fla. – It has been called "The Forgotten War." But the Korean War will not be forgotten on the Suncoast.
That's because on Saturday, the Manasota chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association dedicated a war memorial to those who bravely served. The granite memorial now stands at Veterans' Monument Park in Downtown Bradenton.
The Korean War went on from 1950 to 1953 – between World War Two and the Vietnam War. As such, it's not remembered in history as much.
But according to the U.S. Department of Defense, nearly 34,000 Americans died in battle. It's something those who served want to make sure is remembered.
“It was a terrible event, and we'd just like to honor those of us who were there and did our bit when we were asked at that point in time,” said Skip Hannon with the Korean War Veterans Association. “We knew nothing of the politics that were involved. We simply answered the call, and we went to Korea. That's the [reason] that we want this monument– so that people will remember it.”
The Korean War Veterans Association says the memorial is a living representation of what happened on the Korean peninsula more than 60 years ago.