INDEPENDENCE — Gen. David Petraeus says the veterans of the Korean War should not have their service minimized even though the war is sometimes called a forgotten war.
Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command, spoke Monday at an event marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.
"The Land of the Morning Calm was anything but, and the Cold War turned hot for the first time," Petraeus said.
Petraeus spoke at the Community of Christ Auditorium in Independence, hometown of President Harry S. Truman.
Truman was at his home near the auditorium in Independence when Secretary of State Dean Acheson called on June 25, 1950, to tell him that North Korea had invaded the South.