Korean War Veteran Receives Medals for Service

A Korean War veteran was honored in Tonawanda Thursday, receiving medals earned from war that he never received after his service.

Congressman Brian Higgins and Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana honored Sergeant First Class Raymond Powers for his service. Powers was honorably discharged from his military service 61 years ago.

Veteran Raymond Powers was presented with four medals, including the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. Powers said he did not talk that much about war when he came home.

Veteran Raymond Powers said, "you can't bring it home with you. I think that's a sad factor and some of these fellows that you see today, they're still living that war. Trying to forget is not easy, but you just got to do that."

Powers think that it's also important veterans talk more about war so future generations know that freedom is not free. Power was also recognized for his work in Tonawanda. Powers was a volunteer fire fighter for 47 years.


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