Veterans from across the Rochester area were in Perinton on Friday for a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. This was just hours after 55 cases of what are believed to be the remains of American service members who died in the war were handed over to the U.S.
"I'm just overwhelmed that they're doing this. It means so much to us to have our brothers back," said Roger Hill, president of the local Korean War Veterans Association.
Hill believes recent events involving North Korea have heightened awareness of the Korean War, which is often referred to as the "forgotten war.”
"It was nasty,” he said. “I was there over a year and we did a lot of things that sometimes I still wake up and have nightmares about, but we had a job to do; we took care of freeing South Korea, and that was the important thing."
Thursday, a ceremony honoring the 158 Monroe County residents who died in the Korean War were honored at White Haven cemetery.