Korean War Veterans honored at Friday night's American Legion Riders Post 337 recognition are shown above. Shown standing, from left, are Richard Bump Sr. Alfred Ferguson, Archie Rose Sr., Kenneth Ringler, Paul O'Keefe and Joseph Ruggerio. Shown seated, from left, are John Ille, James Wichham and John Davidczuk.
By CARLA KOLBE
For The Recorder
BROADALBIN -- On Friday, hundreds turned out to recognize area Korean War veterans as the American Legion Riders Post 337 hosted a dinner and special ceremony honoring those veterans, at Broadalbin's Robert Lee Walsh American Legion Post 337.
Eleven area Korean War veterans were individually honored and received a plaque: Richard Bump Sr., John Davidczuk, Alfred Ferguson, Donald Gurnsey, John Ille, Peter Miller, Paul O'Keefe, Kenneth Ringler, Archie Rose Sr., Joseph Ruggerio and James Wickham.
Davidczuk, who is also the American Legion Post 337 chaplain, said the recognition was especially poignant for him Friday night.
"So many times World War II veterans are remembered, then the Vietnam veterans, and the Korean War vets are skipped right over," he said.
The Korean War, a result of the Cold War, lasted from 1950-53. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war, and the Korean peninsula is still divided today.
American Legion Riders Post 337 President David Davis was pleased to see the post filled with so many community members in support of the veterans.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Leatherstocking Honor Flight and Adopt a Christmas Family, on behalf of the American Legion Riders Post 337.