After feeling forgotten for about 60 years, Gene Cookus of Hastings said being remembered can be emotional at times.
Cookus served in the U.S. Army from 1946-1951, including one year in Korea.
He and 23 other veterans were recognized at a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Golden Friendship Center.
"I appreciate it," he said.
Each veteran was presented a certificate and thanked for his service. Each shared the branch of service for which he served. Some shared anecdotes from their time in the military.