It’s often been called “the forgotten war.”
But the Korean War – and those who served during it – will be front and center for Windber’s Veterans Day events this weekend, which annually honor the area’s veterans.
“This year marks the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war, and we wanted to mark the occasion,” said Bob Portante, an Army vet who is among the event’s coordinators. “We were glad to get a Korean War veteran with Windber roots to be our guest speaker this year.
Edward B. Hughes, a 1948 Windber graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker for Sunday’s ceremony at Veterans Park.
Hughes, who served as a regimental communications specialist with the Army’s 40th Infantry Division during the war, went on to a sales and marketing career in the decades that followed. He worked for nationally-known magazine and publishing companies, Portante said.
The Windber Veterans Association, which comprises the American Legion Windber Post 137, Windber VFW Post 4795 and World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee, is sponsoring Sunday’s parade and ceremony.
The Windber’s Veterans Day parade will start at 10 a.m. It will proceed from 14th Street down Graham Avenue and 18th Street toward the park.
Portante said approximately a dozen groups, including veterans organizations, Windber school clubs and area firefighters will be among those marching.
“It’s about coming together to celebrate a uniquely American holiday,” he added, saying the community, both longtime residents and newer ones, come together annually for the event.
“It’s a tremendously positive event for our community,” he added.
David Hurst covers Windber for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.