Beginning in 1950, America was involved in the Korean War. By the war's end 3 years later... approximately 54-thousand americans had given their lives in service to their country.
The Korean War Memorial, dedicated in 1995, is made up of 19 stainless steel statues of a squad on patrol, slightly larger that life. There's a granite curb featuring the names of all 22 countries that defended south korea...and possibly the most hauting figures on the actual faces of fallen service personnel etched into the grantie wall overlooking visitors.
Long called, "The Forgotten War", those involved, like Specialist 4th Class James Hash say they'll never forget, but they did what their country asked them to do.
"My month was almost up and I did what they asked."
He added that this trip made him realize their service was appreciated.
""When we landed, I was so touched for us, for this recognition. people applaudeding and shaking our hands..if you ever get the chance to come, you need to see this.
Not too far away, you can find the U.S. Navy memorial, adjacent to the naval Heritage Center Museum. Home to the Memorial plaza, it's surrounded by the granite sea, and two reflecting pools with 26 different broze reliefs commerating events and communities of various sea services.
Off to one side, is the Lone Sailor who is a tribute to all sea personnel.
Cecil McCarnell had 30 years in the Navy and says to this day, the service he provided to his country is still his biggest honor.
"I feel so honored to be a small part in the war over in Japan...I felt so honored."
Art Hulsey had 17 years in the Navy and said paying tribute to his fellow naval personnel and not being forgotten means so much to military personnel.
"That's what every man, not for honor or glory, you don't want to be forgotten."
There are almost daily such gathering of vets from all around the U-S at all the sites dedicated to our military personnel...on this day, The Korean War and Naval Memorial are on the Panhandle honor flight's agenda...with dozens being represented for their service.
"My America is Texas, is really expands my feelings about my country very proud...they want to be her much longer...and just don't forget.