Alabama National Fair honors veterans

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -  With pageantry and song, the Alabama National Fair honored military veterans who say they're not used to getting much attention.

"It's pretty impressive, unlike many others like when we came back from over there, because we didn't get much," said Carl Gulledge, a veteran of the Korean War.

Gulledge and a couple dozen veterans who attended the salute fought in the Korean War, sandwiched between World War II and the Vietnam War.

"I went in Korea, the 1st Calvary Division, 1950," said Jimmie Borum, a veteran.   "And so it's wonderful thing they're giving us veterans, they should have it more often for us, because we sacrificed."

Korean War veterans say events honoring them, like this one, are vitally important, even if they're coming 50 years after the conflict.

"Why not give them appreciation, why not give them thanks for what they did," asked David Payne, with a local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.  "I hope we would do the same for the Iraqi and Afghanistan troops when they come home."

Organizers say next year's salute will honor veterans of the more recent Iraqi and Afghan conflicts, much like it honored those who served decades earlier.

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