ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Veterans got their first look at the New Korean War Monument at Albany's Veterans Park on Tuesday.
After other monuments were defaced by vandals on Memorial Day, a group of veterans stayed up all night guarding the newest addition.
The group of veterans actually spotted someone taking down the American flag around four Tuesday morning, but he left, and now Veterans are hoping the city will help protect the new monument.
Often the Korean War is referred to as the "forgotten war."
American Legion, Post 30, member Charles Nicholson says this monument is a tribute to veterans of that war as well as an educational tool.
"We're primarily concerned about the youth of this country, and what they're teaching in school.
They're not teaching a lot of stuff. And hopefully this will help them remember we did have people fighting in a far off land for their freedom," says American Legion, Post 30, member, Charles Nicholson.
Leo Harrison says it took a lot of work to clean this monument after it was vandalized this past summer.
That's why when it came time to unveil the new Korean War memorial, Nicholson says they didn't take any chances.
"We had a bunch of the Legion riders here from dark until daylight, and they were watching the monuments..making sure no one came around and defaced them," says Nicholson.
Harrison spent a year in Korea while serving in the Army, and says he's grateful for those still fighting.
"There's no way to explain wartime. How your involved in it, if your going to get through the day. You never know who has a sniper rifle pointed at you from some building," says Veteran Leo Harrison.
Other says those who died are the real heroes.
"All gave some and some gave aall .Thosethat didn't come back are the real heroes." says Veteran Lee Ferrell.