WASHINGTON D.C. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- It's often referred to as "The Forgotten War," but in this Nevada Proud feature, News 4 takes a journey with Korean War veterans on Honor Flight to our nation's capital and realize that our veterans' sacrifice is finally being remembered.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial sits just southeast of the Lincoln Memorial, and within sight of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. Along with a reflecting pool and wall of its own, the most striking figures are literally the statues. There are 19 of them on patrol, and when they reflect in the polished Academy Black granite wall just a few feet away, they form 38 soldiers in all--a nod to the 38th Parallel--the pre-war boundary between North and South Korea. The wall itself holds more than 2,500 images of the troops who fought there, sandblasted into granite for all eternity.
"It's unreal," says Korean War Veteran Bill Merian. "It's really something to see. To me, it's proud that we have this memorial for us and I think it's one of the nicest memorials that we have here. I can't say anymore. It brings back memories. Yesterday, I had two little girls come up and grab me like my granddaughters and thank me for the services. It's hard to believe, and it makes me feel proud that the young kids like that respect us."