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Harrisburg Heat cheer on Korean War veterans

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

It has been 60 years since the Korean War ended, and Congress has declared 2013 the year of the Korean War Veteran.

Thousands of fans go to the Harrisburg Heat games to support their team. Saturday night, the fans and the team supported some of the Midstate's Korean War veterans.

At the game, Dutch Kissinger got to kick a soccer ball for the first time in a long time.

"Well, when I kicked it to the guy in the center, I was gonna give it a good one," said Kissinger. "I didn't want to embarrass him by him missing it, so I gave it a straight kick."

It was the ceremonial first kick of the game, and Dutch got to do it because he is a Korean War veteran. The theme of the game was military night.

"I think it's great. Any time that we can honor any of our veterans," said Gary Keisling of Mechanicsburg. "It's a good thing and it should happen more often."

While veterans of all wars were honored, there was a special focus on the Korean War veterans.

"Whereas you had members of WWII, they came back to parades and floats. This generation was by and large forgotten for their service," said Dennis Snelling, a member of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. "They love their country, they love to serve, and I think they're all tickled that here's an opportunity they're not forgotten."

The special night scored big points with veterans.

"It's a really great event. I never expected anything like this," said Kissinger. "Well, this was really gratifying you know, being remembered."

The Heat players wore camouflage jerseys at the game, which will be auctioned off. The proceeds will go to help midstate military members.

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