Korean War veteran Henry Dykstra

Henry Dykstra, a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, stands with his 1954 McCormick Farmall Super M-TA tractor on Oct. 5 at the dairy farm he owned near Orange City, Iowa, before his retirement. 1954 was the year he came home from the war and married his wife, Joyce.

If you’ve enjoyed The Journal’s series on Korean War veterans, we invite you to join them – and other veterans – for a very special program at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Betty Strong Encounter Center.

There, where photographs of the men in the series will be displayed, columnist Tim Gallagher will share stories, introduce the veterans and talk about the lessons he and other reporters learned from “Korea: Forgotten war remembered.”

The exhibit, including photos by Tim Hynds, Jim Lee and Justin Wan, will show the veterans today and include text from the stories written by Gallagher, Nick Hytrek, Bret Hayworth, Greg Forbes, Ian Richardson, Alex Boisjolie and Hillary Rosencrants. It will run through May 28.

Last year, the Encounter Center offered a similar display of photos from The Journal's award-winning Vietnam War veterans series. Like that partnership, this year’s repeat performance should be just as stirring and informative.

Since the stories began Oct. 16 (with Gallagher’s account of Sgt. John Rice and his family’s efforts to bury his remains), we have gotten an overwhelming response from readers who have learned much about that “forgotten” war. We’ve received calls from other veterans thanking us for the recognition and plenty of suggestions where we can land next year when Veterans Day rolls around.

For our staff, it has been an opportunity to revisit an important time in our country’s history and hear about the war from those who lived it. Plenty of tears were shed during those interviews and, undoubtedly, both reporters and subjects have emerged from the experience with a better understanding of our nation’s history.

For those of us who cover history as it’s being made, a look back is always worthwhile. It helps us see what our predecessors went through and where we’re headed.

Please join us Nov. 11. We think you’ll be moved as much as we have been. If you haven’t caught up with the entire series, go to siouxcityjournal.com and hear their views, see the photos and read their stories.

In our business, it’s what we call a “great” read.

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