TYLER (KYTX) - Honoring US Military is something we see a lot of in east Texas, and that tradition continued at Green Acres Baptist church Sunday for it's 24th "I Love America" concert. This year honored Korean War veterans. That war is often referred to as "the forgotten war"
CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey shares how this service is one way to say 'thank you.'
Flags stand tall and patriotic tunes fill the room. Sunday's church service at GABC was different than usual.
"It's our way to say thank you our military personnel and tell our nation we need to honor god," said Pastor David Dykes. He and a sanctuary filled with worshipers opened their ears to music and their hearts to veterans.
"Sixty-one years ago when these Korean vets returned to the united states nobody said thank you nobody celebrated," Dykes said.
During the span of the three year war from 1950 to 1953, 38,000 were killed, and 100,000 were injured.
"It was the forgotten war and people rally didn't appreciate you just like Vietnam," said veteran Malcolm Bolton.
In 1953, nine months after his wedding, Bolton was one of the many men drafted into the us military... Bolton's new post, was the artillery division.
"You had to think it was your duty,cause this was your country."
Despite having served in an unpopular war, Bolton was one of a long line of veterans and veteran wives who were recognized for their service.
"I think it's a great deal and it's appreciated to anyone that been there, anyone that's been in any war," he said.
"I believe today may have been the first time for some of them that a group of people stood up together to say thank you," said Dykes.