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Korean War National Museum in Springfield Re-introduced

Updated: Friday, July 25 2014, 07:52 AM CDT

A ribbon cutting celebrated the new and improved Korean War National Museum, Thursday. It even caught the eye of local Illinois Veterans.
For Korean War Veteran, Robert Fitts, this museum offers much more.

"We stopped them, we set a great sacrifice, we lost some good friends over there, but that's why I do this is to keep their memory alive that we did do the job that we were asked to do," Fitts said.

Fitts was one of nearly 207,000 men and women from Illinois who served in what's known as the forgotten War. 1,700 of those lost their lives.
Fitts was called to combat in 1952 to join forces against North Korea and other communists,  He says he chooses to remember his experience with a positive outlook.

"The United Nations joined us and we went together and we stood up to the communist aggression that would've taken over a democratic country that we were responsible for and we did we saved them," Fitts said.

Michael Devine traveled 150 miles to visit this museum. With a newly added library, he and Fitts agree this will be a significant learning tool for the community.
"Well if they don't know much about the Korean war, here's a good place to start learning," Devine said.
"I think it's important for the nation and for people like yourself to know why we did it because it's a Democratic nation and the results of it. Look at the great results we have, look what south Korea's done in 60 years with their nation," Fitts said.

Korean War National Museum in Springfield Re-introduced

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