Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times
Thousands gathered Wednesday in Amherst’s downtown municipal lot to pay Veterans Day tribute. This year, a special emphasis was put on thanking Korean War veterans. This year marks 65 years since the start of the war on June 25, 1950. While direct hostilities ended more than a half-century ago, the United States remains in a state of war against North Korea. Lou Maglio of Fox 8 News served as master of ceremonies in the 5th Annual Veterans Day ceremony in Amherst, which was held at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — the time and date an armistice was signed to end World War I. This year, Maglio read the names of 30 local Korean War veterans, recognizing their service. Artist Mike Sekletar presented a new mural dedicated to the Korean War, his third to be created on the side of the Janik Law Office building. Lexi Davila, who appeared last year on NBC’s “The Voice,” sang “God Bless the USA.” There was also a 21-gun salute by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard and a two-plane fly-over.