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Kansas City celebrates Flag Day

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Friday is Flag Day and a big celebration took place in the Kansas City metro.

From 9-10 a.m. at Washington Square Park at Main Street and Pershing Road old, faded, tattered flags were collected by the Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial Committee, who retired the flags with dignity.

Following that, a celebration was held with keynote speaker Colonel David J. Clark, director of the 60th Commemoration Program and featuring the American Legion Band and Lee's Summit Men of Note.

Representatives said the Korean War is known as the forgotten war, but a lot changed during it, which impacted future wars. The changes included racially integrating America's armed services as well as the use of helicopters.

Mayor Sly James was in attendance along with other city leaders to recognize Flag Day and honor Korean War Veterans.

"I think that the quality of people on that stage is very indicative of the respect for the people who wear the uniform in this country. It is as it should be," James said. "We had a great colonel who said some great things and I think that that was very appropriate and fitting under the circumstances."

More than 900 Missouri soldiers died during the Korean War.

Kansas City, MO, Parks and Recreation hosted the Flag Day ceremony.

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