You might of heard it called the forgotten war, but a local veterans association reminds us not to forget the more than 30,000 U.S. service men and women who died in the Korean War.
The Korean War Veterans Association raised about $4,000 today at a pasta dinner in Rockford. The money goes into a fund for a memorial to those who fell in Korea.
The veterans association has been fundraising for the past two years to pay for the memorial. So far it's raised 102 of the 130,000 dollars needed to make the memorial a reality. Living veterans say it's the least we can do.
Rich Lopiccolo, Co-Founder of the Korean War Veterans Association says, "This memorial is for Winnebago County, Boone County and Ogle County, the boys that were killed over there. Their names are going to be on this wall that we've been working so hard for. They were the heroes. Not us."
The park district donated land in front of Loves Park City Hall for the memorial. Construction is set to begin early next year.