Korean War Veteran's Memorial, Washington D.C.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates US victims of the Korean War (1950 - 1953) between the United Nations forces and communist regime in North Korea which invided the South Korea. About 1.5 mln American people took a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide.
There is a triangle meadow with very realistic statues of marching US troops. There is a mast with the US national flag and commemorative plaque at the top of the triangle. There is a wall with images of faces of US troops. There is an incription "Freedom is not free" and a pool with number of US and UN victims of the war stated around. My English is too poor to desribe how moving this simple memorial is. Well, I realised again not well-known fact that this war had quite many victims in my country, Poland as well.
Fondest memory: The memorial had to remind me a story of a very close to me relative. He was kept in a very small single prison cell with a little bit natural light and very poor heating in Warsaw, Poland during... 6 winter months in 1950'. He survived and then he was kept in a prison next 2 years till Stalin's death (he worked in coal mines as a prisoner).
Why was he arrested? Well, he was a young soldier in new, so-called Polish (more Soviet in real) army and being on a pass he visited exhibition about the war in Korea in... US embassy (or US Culture Institute ???) in Warsaw. He took one leaflet about this war and - what a recklessnes of a young mind in those hard times - he stored the leaflet in military barracks. Someone disclosed it and denounced him. He was accused first for being imperialistic military spy and when he... pleaded guilty he was accused about something "better" and was sentenced for "only" 5 years in a prison. Hmm... in some (many?) cases the accused were sentenced by so called unfamous "judicial trio" - three people (no judges) loyal to communist authorities and chosen by them. Thanks to Stalin's death my relative was released earlier but never rehabilitated. My relative never ever mentioned about his arrest even to his wife or children till 1989 when Poland regained independance.
More details and pictures in my Things To Do tips # 162 - 166.
One day isn't enough to see everything in Washington DC. We'll be back to see more, but we'll never forget the astounding feeling we got when we visited the Korean Veteran's War Memorial. The statues of soldiers walking thru the rice paddys will give you goose bumps when you look into their ghost-like faces. The wall that runs along beside them is another emotional affect. When men walk away with tears in their eyes, you know the tribute to our lost men and women through war has touched the public.
I just wish there would be no more lost lives to War...
Fondest memory: I'll never forget the emotions the War Memorial represent. Very moving to see them in person!
This "Coins stain" sign by the pool in the Korean War Veterans Memorial is not doing its job properly, I saw some coins in the pool.
Anyway, I was surprised to see the sign, I had never seen anything like this before. Imagine trying to convince tourists not to throw coins into the Di Trevi fountain in Rome! ;-)
I discovered the Korea War Memorial. It is overlooked due to the location. It is a site which I would recomend to everyone who visits Washington, DC.
Fondest memory: Look and see and take into account what you see. I like this memorial. In this picture you can see the tourist as they visit the sight, and then you can see the participants of the war, who are the ghostly figures.
Was also visiting 'The new Korean War Veterans Memorial' which lies in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, near the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial on the west end of the Mall.
It consists of 19 larger-than-life U.S. ground troopers equipped for battle moving toward an American flag. Etched into the granite are photographs of hundreds of faces taken from military archives.
Favorite thing: Next to the sculptures in the Korean War Veterans Memorial there's a long black marble wall with faces of veterans engraved. At the right angle it also reflects the sculptures of the marching soldiers, as seen in photo. I wonder if they got the idea from Vietnam Veterans Memorial.