As the fighting raged on the Korean peninsula, Glenn Faught was determined to help end the conflict against the communist regime.
The Canal Winchester resident's role in a heavy artillery unit required communication and precision.
"I figured out where the shell was going to land and whether it would explode in the air or on the ground," said Faught, 87.
Not far away at Cubi Point in the Philippines, Dick Stedman was using dynamite to blast away ground in a maze of jungle and mountains as a member of the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction battalion.
According to the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum website, the Cubi Point project -- which essentially involved moving a mountain in order to build an airstrip -- was conceived because, "The Korean War emphasized the need for a Naval Air Station located close to the trouble spots of southwest Asia."
"I'm not a big hero," said Stedman, a Canal Winchester resident for 50 years who continues to do work as a flooring contractor. "There were a lot of people who lost their lives and suffered injuries, with arms and legs missing. There were a lot of things people didn't see."
Faught and Stedman will be among the Korean War veterans who served in what's often known as "the forgotten war" who will lead the 2018 Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival Parade as its grand marshals.
The 50- to 60-unit parade, a highlight of a three-day annual festival that draws more than 35,000 people to the city, steps off at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.
The parade route begins at Canal Winchester High School and heads north on Washington Street, east on West and East Columbus streets, north on Trine Street and west on East and West Waterloo streets before ending at the pool.
Also, to honor the veterans, a traveling Korean War Memorial will be open each day of the festival, which runs from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1; 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2; and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.
"As a community, we really do love honoring the men and women who have served our country," said Karen Stiles, executive director of Destination: Canal Winchester, which helps plan events and activities.
"Every year, our Labor Day committee nominates and votes for deserving candidates to be the parade grand marshal," Mayor Mike Ebert said in a news release. "This year, we chose to honor our veterans from the Korean War. The Canal Winchester Labor Day Committee recognizes them for their commitment to our country."
The annual Labor Day Festival is Canal Winchester's longest-running festival, with live entertainment, midway rides and numerous food vendors. The first celebration was held in 1920, which means the Labor Day Festival is approaching its 100th anniversary.
This year's festival will feature three entertainment stages, including the Main Stage on South High Street, Waterloo Stage on Waterloo Street and the Stradley Green Space & Alley Space next to the Municipal Building at 36 S. High St.
New to the festival this year will be visits by animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Appearances are scheduled at the Bob McDorman building on East Waterloo Street from 4 to 5 p.m. Sept. 1, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 2.
"We also have COSI coming with some interactive activities from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday," Stiles said.
More information about the festival, including a schedule of events, is available at www.cwlaborday.org.