(WBIR - Maryville) When George Blevins returned home from eighteen months in Korea, he says he was anxious to move on.
"I was glad to serve our country, glad to do my part, and I just wanted to get over it, you know?" said Blevins.
On Saturday, Blevins and about twenty other veterans of the Korean war shared food and stories with friends, family and supporters at the Maryville American Legion Post 13.
Now eighty one-years-old, Blevins said as he got older he found he wanted to remember his time overseas.
Last year he participated in an Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C. to see the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and other landmarks. He said it was a turning point for him.
"As you get older, you're prouder," reflected Blevins. "
When you're young, you don't pay much attention."
Blevins volunteered for the US Air Force in 1951 and repaired communications equipment while serving in Korea.
He said it's something he's proud of today. And he encourages other returning vets to feel the same.
"Be proud, to serve. What you did- enjoy it. Because you did your part," said Blevins.