Korean War veterans honored in Tilton
TILTON – After several speakers thanked Korean War veterans for their service and 62 of them were honored with certificates and medals at the New Hampshire Veterans Home Tuesday, a veteran in the crowd made a remark that summed up how many attending felt.
"This should have happened 50 years ago," said the resident of the home, who did not want to be identified.
Before Army Lt. Col. Dennis Snelling presented the awards to 54 men and 8 women veterans, he acknowledged that feeling.
"Many of you that returned from Korea received nothing, and your generation just went back to work," Snelling said. "But you made our country great, and you made the Republic of Korea great."
A video from the South Korean government was played that showed images of the war while praising American Korean War vets for helping to keep the country free and allowing it to become the 10th largest economic power in the world.
"We still remember your gallantry and sacrifice," a voice in the video said. "My dearest friend, you will always be our hero."
One of the female veterans, Gladys Reno, 88, of Alexandria, was a Navy nurse serving in a medical unit near the fighting. She was thankful, and humble, about receiving the honor.
"It's nice to get this," she said. "I didn't think of it as a tough experience, it was just something we had to do. I'm glad I had the chance to do it for Uncle Sam."
Norman Wardman of Milford, who said he's "70-something," said the honor "feels good."
"It took a long time, though," he said.