Known as “The Forgotten War,” the Korean conflict ended with many of our service members returning home to silence.
For Iowa Korean War Veteran Lowell Lein, the war left memories he only wishes he could forget.
“When we brought our casualties back, that was a pathetic thing there was no dignity loading those on trailers and things,” said Lein.
Lein's one of the 85,000 Iowans who fought during the Korean War between 1950 and 1953.
Sixty years later, he and his fellow soldiers finally get the recognition they've waited for.
"It's nice to be here and feel appreciated and see some of the comrades that went through the same thing that I did,” says Lein.
3,000 veterans and their families filled the Knapp Center Saturday afternoon.
War touched them all and now they're touched by this long overdue appreciation.
Sid Morris helped get the word out to fellow Korean veterans like himself.
"It really was the forgotten war and an event like this it's now the remembered war and that's important,” says Morris.
The ceremony also included native Korean music, a reminder for the veterans of what their service meant to that country.
"I hope they walk away knowing that their country appreciates what they did and that the service that they rendered so long ago has not been forgotten,” says Col. David Clark from the U.S. Department of Defense.
Each veteran left with a personalized certificate of thanks for their service signed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
The Department of Defense has plans to hold similar ceremonies all across the country this year.