VIDEO: Korean War veterans gather for Doncaster Minster service

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Veterans of the Korean War gathered at Doncaster Minster on Saturday morning for a special service to remember the conflict.

Members of the South Yorkshire Korean Veterans Society were present for the Laying up of the Colours, in which a flag marking the conflict is given a permanent home in the church.

One veteran Gerald Loveday, 82, of Pearwood Crescent, Balby, said such events were important to remember the conflict 1950-53, known as the ‘Forgotten War’ because of a perceived lack of public interest and low media coverage at the time.

The great-grandfather, who fought in the battle of Imjin River in 1951, said: “There are fewer and fewer of us every year. It was the 60th anniversary of the end of the war last year so we are having something placed in the church as a reminder to people.

“I injured my right leg in 51 and it was terrible, as you imagine war is. One of my best mates was killed so I try not to think about it even now.”

Daughter mum-of-two Pamela McGlone, 50, of Wychwood Close, Balby, said: “We are proud of what all of them did. They deserve all the recognition they can get.”

The war was between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).




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