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Local Korean War Veterans Get Recognition as Tensions Rise Overseas

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As tensions rise overseas, right here in Fargo some are working to honor the groundwork our service men and women have already laid in Korea.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp hosted a ceremony today for about 100 veterans from the Korean War.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman shows us why remembering our history is so important.

Tales of these battlefields are rarely told.

American history knows the years 1950 to 1953 as "The Forgotten War."

"I'll tell you this," Senator Heitkamp said, "it should never be forgotten."

But, today in Fargo, hundreds stood in the light of a shadowed past.

Heitkamp described what Korean war veterans went through in, "harsh, harsh conditions in very difficult terrain, fighting the Chinese and they stood brave, and they stood tall."

Now many Korean war veterans salute the country for which they fought.

"September of 1951, I went over to Korea," Hank Deyle, of Fargo, said.

He was 22 when the draft called his name.

"I thought it was my duty to do it at that time."

He spend a year in Korea manning a machine gun artillery base.

"I couldn't forget any of that, it's just like yesterday still when you think about it," Hank said.

Sixty years later, the others in this room wouldn't forget it either as Heitkamp recognized a hundred more for their contribution, their sacrifice.

"Today, we see the Korean peninsula once again giving us trouble," she said looking around at a room full of veterans. "What they did mattered."

Many of their stories never returned from the battlefield, but these men did. And with them, a part of history that can't be kept quiet.

Aside from the honor and recognition given to those vets today, Senator Heitkamp also spoke on the current tension in North Korea.

She says relations with North Korea are facing the same challenges as in the 50's.

That's why she says it's important to honor the men and women who responded to that call to action.

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