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Image Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

I think of all the wars this country has been involved in -- and that's a lot -- this one is talked about least. I didn't know a whole lot about it even though my dad, Bruce Long, was there. He served in a howitzer battery (that's a big artillery piece, like a cannon, so you don't have to look it up).

That's really all I know about his time there. I don't know if he talked to my older siblings about it, but he didn't talk to me about it. We do have a few photos from his time there. One thing I do recall, and not sure if it was from conversations with dad or from history books, was the discussion about it being a "conflict," or "police action," or all out war.

When doing some research for an article on Korean War veteran Charles Petersen of El Campo, I was kind of surprised to learn that we lost about 33,000 service members in the three years we were there. That's 10,000 a year. That's a war.

Korean War veterans will be honored Saturday at the Korean War monument in Green Belt Park. Even if you can't be there, take a moment to remember them for their service. As World War II veterans continue to die out, the Vietnam War seems to be taking center stage with events such as the "parade that never was." While, I agree it's important to honor those service members, too, let's don't skip right over the Korean War. We were there, too, in great numbers. Like my dad.