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60 years later: Veterans discuss the Korean war

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Dozens gathered in Rutland to give thanks and honor those who served.

"We went to Korea together. We were separated one week. He went to Japan and I went to Korea. And then he could have stayed in Japan, but he wanted to go to Korea with me," said Howard Cavacas.

Howard and his twin Hurley -- were two of nearly 50 Korean Veterans, who gathered in Rutland Sunday afternoon. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, and Korean War Veteran Ret. Sgt. Maj. George Bates says he has been planning this event since January.

"Back in January, I said to my wife, I am not going to let nothing go by. We are going to honor the Korean Veterans this year," Bates explained.

Bates says the Korean War is often called the forgotten war and wanted to make sure those vets he could find in Vermont, were honored.

"We talk about old times. There is a picture of my brother and I both in Korea in 1950 over there. It is just that getting together," Bates explained.

The Franklin Conference center was filled with vets, friends and family members -- as well as many coming to express their thanks.

"I think it's important to tell them that there have been books written how this was the forgotten war, and that they weren't forgotten. Currently serving veterans, past veterans, and citizens remember the services and sacrifices they made for their country," said Brigadier General Mark Lovejoy, Vt. National Guard.

"Those veterans that served us in Korea -- that was a brutal tough war. I feel in many ways they never got the recognition they deserved. So I am here just to say how proud we are of them fighting for our country," said Governor Peter Shumlin.

Bates is also in the process of getting a Korean War monument in Rutland. He estimates the memorial will be finished by September.

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