CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- THE Korean War has long been called, bitterly, the Forgotten War. That will not be the case at this year's Veterans Day parade in Charleston.
Organizers of this year's observance will take special note of next year's 60th anniversary of the ceasefire in 1953.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. today on Kanawha Boulevard near Leon Sullivan Way.
The commanding officer of the USS West Virginia will be the grand marshal and featured speaker at the ceremony at Haddad Riverfront Park.
More than 112,000 West Virginians, men and women, served in the war that allowed South Korea to be so different from North Korea today.
Their service changed history for millions of people.
But freedom was not free. West Virginia families lost 801 loved ones, and 2,088 other service members came home wounded.
The Charleston Veterans Day parade will be one of 62 sites across the country honored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Such recognition is deserved.
West Virginia does not forget its veterans. Volunteers have kept the parade going for 70 years.
IN Wheeling, voters were asked to repeal an ordinance that requires two police officers in each cruiser. Wheeling is the only city in America with such an ordinance.
The law hampers the city's ability to patrol the streets, said city manager Robert Herron. The city now has a minimum of six officers working per shift, meaning only three cruisers patrolling the streets.
On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly backed the repeal. The unofficial count was 6,773 to 3,905. If the vote holds, the city will buy three more cruisers to increase patrols.