As discussions among political leaders continue, the public is also talking, with those both for and against U.S. military action in Syria. For those who have seen war, it's a situation to be treated with caution because the country and its people can't afford the cost of a mistake. Innae Park has more.
ALBANY, N.Y -- Korean War veteran Frank English admitted, “There were a few moments where I thought I wasn't going to make it. We got overrun several times.”
These men and women know war. For their bravery and determination in bringing the Korean peninsula to where it is today, a number of local Korean War veterans were honored by the Albany Marine Corp League Friday.
“I would do it all over again if I had to,” said veteran George Covel.
Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.
Jimino stated, “The only way to brighten our future is to illuminate our past. And the way to a democratic future is listening to you.”
So in a time where military action is again on the table, we hear these veterans' thoughts on U.S. involvement in Syria.
Brother Robert Matthews said, “They have to put a stop to it. They cannot have chemical weapons that they're able to destroy their own people or other countries close by.”
Covel said, “That's an all out civil war and it's too late to get in.”
“We can't police the world,” said English.
However, even with clashing views on whether to attack, lessons have been learned from wars past.
“If we're going to do something, let's do it and get it over with,” said English. “Let's not mess around. Let's not be another Korea or another Vietnam.”
Covel said, “Freedom is not free.”