AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - This Saturday, Maine will say a special "thank you" to some people who really deserve it: veterans of the Korean War.
Korea has been called the country's forgotten war, because its veterans were ignored for so many years.
But Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the cease fire that ended the Korean War. So today Governor LePage signed a proclamation, honoring the 13, 500 living Maine veterans of Korea. State veterans director Peter Ogden says there will be ceremonies at five places around the state on Saturday, and then other ceremonies in the months ahead. The veterans say they're grateful to finally be recognized, and admit it's been tough waiting all these years.
Ceremonies will be held Saturday in Brunswick, Sanford, Rumford, Lewiston and Bangor.
The Korean War killed more than 36, 000 Americans, and wounded more than 100,000 others. In Maine, 245 were killed, and 38 missing in action or POW's.