A ceremony is being held today for a Korean War Veteran
from Ferriday whose remains are being returned home after 68 years. Nineteen-year-old Sergeant Lester Walker was
deployed to Korea with an anti-air craft weapons battalion. Congressman Ralph
Abraham says he was lost during the first months of the war.
“He was actually one of the first infantry units ordered
to Korea. He was in a battle in a battle
in the Nakdong river. He was taken
prisoner and he was declared M.I.A.”
36,914 American Servicemen and women were lost in the
conflict often called the “Forgotten War”, due its lack of
Abraham says those sacrifices need to be remembered.
“That’s so unfortunate because these men that served over
there, they did exactly what every man and woman has done in the past, and that’s
defending our country and defending our way of life.”
Two and half million people are suspected to have lost
their lives during the three year war.
Abraham says hundreds lined the runway as Walker was
returned home, in a show of solidarity with all gold star families. Abraham
says it’s been cathartic for the north Louisiana community.
“It’s just closure not only for… you know, the remainders
of the family that are here but for everyone who has lost someone in a war situation.”
An armistice was signed in 1953, but the war is
technically still ongoing.