Thumbs up this week to every veteran of the Korean War out there. If any of you feel forgotten, this week in Independence should have made you feel just a bit better.

Thumbs up this week to every veteran of the Korean War out there. If any of you feel forgotten, this week in Independence should have made you feel just a bit better.

The  Truman Library & Museum is going all out to bring your war to the forefront of our consciousness.

In all, from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, the United States lost 36,574 troops in Korea.

Gen. David Petraeus, speaking Monday at the Korean War Veterans Appreciation Ceremony, reminded us all that you were the first generation of U.S. soldiers to face a war that presented a “new kind of threat in a new kind of war.”  Yours was the first war of the Cold War era. The first with the spector of the atomic bomb hanging over it from the beginning. You fought your hardest, and it all ended in a stalemate.

Many of you came home, used your VA benefits to buy a house in the suburb and tried to forget. It seems all of America tried to forget and did too good a job of it.

So, now’s the time for all of us to start remembering. An excellent place to start is at the Truman Library. Through the end of the year the Memories of Korea exhibit will be at the library, giving you a one-day primer on what the Korean War was all about. We living here have a rare chance to see something like this, so please plan to take your family to the library.

And if you have a family member who served in Korea, ask him or her about it. This might be the best time ever for them to let you know what they went through. Even if they don’t want to talk about it, tell them thanks and let them know they’re not forgotten.

And give them a thumbs up.