ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A ceremony honoring Korean War veterans was held at the Korean War Memorial in Roseville Sunday. Nearly two dozen veterans and their families were in attendance.
After historic talks between North and South Korean leaders, veterans and Korean Americans in attendance say they’re optimistic that the decades-long war may finally be coming to an official end.READ MORE: Loud Party Broken Up By Deputies In Lodi; 1 Hurt In Shooting As People Left Area
A wreath-laying ceremony during the event bringing back a flood of emotions for Korean War veterans like Wiley Jay.
“The camaraderie of all of my friends and buddies. We deployed with the first provisional marine brigade in July of 1950, I started June 26th,” Jay said.
Jay is hopeful that now after more than 60 years, what’s known as “the forgotten war” may soon be coming to an official end.
“Well, I hope it happens, you know, and it’s denuclearized. I think it’s great,” he said.
Jay’s optimism for peace shared by Sacramento Valley Korean American Association leaders like Peter Park.
“Even thinking about it now gives me butterflies, yes,” Park said.READ MORE: Russian Soldier Sentenced To Life In Prison In Ukraine Conflict's First War Crimes Trial
Park says he was glued to the television as North and South Korean leaders Kim Jong-Un and Moon Jae-In crossed the 38th parallel in a historic display of unity Friday, pledging to end the war.
“This is a dream by so many elderly here who sacrificed themselves for the Korean War this is truly meaningful for them,” Park said.
Event organizer Hannah Kim says she’s “guardedly optimistic” about lasting peace. The opening of North Korea may provide a sliver of hope for the still 8,000 prisoners of war and missing in action, she says.
“That these families may know or learn about their loved ones…gives me hope,” Kim said.
Some veterans here giving President Trump a share of the credit.
“I do,” Jay said. “I really do.”
“Make the peace work,” Park said. “If he can do that, we will be glad.”MORE NEWS: WATCH: Bull Bucks Off Rider, Jumps Into Stands At Redding Rodeo; 5 People Hurt
Park said the recent events in North Korea remind his people of the fall of the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany. They hope to one day soon be able to walk freely between North and South Korea.