Korean War veterans and brothers Robert and Albert Calcari were on the UP Honor Flight together. They wanted to see their memorial for the first time.
â??I have the feeling that it's finally done,â?? Albert said. â??Itâ??s been a lot of years that they talked about a Korean War Memorial, and they kept talking about the Forgotten War, but we felt we did our thing in Korea, and we were never recognized.â??
Wedged between World War Two and the Vietnam War, the Korean War is often referred to as the â??Forgotten Warâ??, but for these brothers, they didn't forget.
â??I used to help the doctors at times with some of the patients, some of the wounded, and the memories are still there,â?? Albert said.
â??We went to Korea as a division and that was in the fall of 1951,â?? Robert said. â??We relieved the first â??cavâ?? on Old Baldy, on Pork Chop Hill. They had lost their colors; they got wiped out. For years you don't talk about it, but then you bring it back.â??
Nearly 80 veterans, their caregivers and volunteers visited the memorials for World War Two and Korea, and also toured through the Arlington National Cemetery and visited the Air Force Memorial. Although this was the sixth UP Honor Flight, it was the first time Korean War veterans joined the group. The Korean War Memorial officially opened in June of 1992, with unique granite carvings of photographs and life-like steel statues.
â??When I look at these guys here, I can recognize them. I saw these faces a lot over there,â?? Albert said.
Although the Calcari brothers served at different times in the Korean War, they share a special bond not only as fellow soldiers, but as brothers.
â??Weâ??re really enjoying this,â?? Albert said. â??The relationship I have with this brother my entire life has been something else. Thatâ??s why we can do it...together.â??