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Korean War focus of Vets Day

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, and veterans of that war will receive special recognition in tomorrow’s Veterans Day ceremony.

The timing of the event coincides with the armistice of World War I ” the 11th day of the 11th month. The ceremony here will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the memorial site between the Aspen Court House and the Plaza 1 building.

Aspen Police Officer Dan Glidden, a veteran of the Vietnam War, said at least a couple Korean War vets live in Aspen.

“We can’t forget these people,” Glidden said. “It’s an obligation and an honor, it’s my duty to remember these people.”

Over the years, Glidden said there has been an effort to create more community involvement and support for Veterans Day.

“We’ve just done splendidly, a lot of citizen participation, it’s great,” Glidden said. “That’s a considerable change from coming back from Vietnam in 1970.”

Glidden served a tour with the Navy on a patrol boat in Vietnam, and when he returned home to Aspen he wasn’t greeted with open arms.

“It was lonely,” Glidden said. “I came back by myself. I didn’t come back with a company or battalion like World War II vets did. It was not a warm homecoming or welcoming.”

Glidden said he doesn’t want other vets to feel that way again.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a blind obligation to duty, but I think the vets you see felt a call to duty, to responsibility,” he said. “It’s a free country, it’s as much your right to protest and object to war, but respect and honor them for their service and don’t question why they went.

“I was proud to serve,” he continued. “I respect the people that have fallen, that were killed in action, or are missing in action. Remember them, never forget them.”

The ceremony will include coffee, cookies and refreshments, and the Elks Club will be offering lunch for veterans and family at the Elks Lodge following the event.

Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com


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