Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.

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    Impressive monument

    by Turska Written Apr 20, 2014

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    When we saw some photos of this memorial, we thought this is the most impressive one we´ve seen. So we walked this side of the mall to go and see it in good time. And it was really impressive in deed! You could allmost feel like the figures are real, and you are watching their faces in real situation. Only the bus parking backround and groups of tourists made it more unreal.
    We really liked it, it was different and touching. I took lots of photos of it.

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    by aphrodyte Written Feb 23, 2014

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    The main memorial is in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Within the walled triangle are 19 stainless steel life-size statues, between 7 feet 3 inches and 7 feet 6 inches tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds. The figures represent a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the armed forces; fourteen of the figures are from the U.S. Army, three are from the Marine Corps, one is a Navy Corpsman, and one is an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear, dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes which represent the rugged terrain of Korea.

    The faces of the men depicted display so much feeling and emotion. I was stopped in my tracks by a weary and wary soldier who seemed signaling me to stay where I was. The statues seem to be trudging their way across swampy ground in cold conditions. Each one has been caught in distinctively haunting pose. Nothing I have ever seen has depicted the physical and psychological effects of war so dramatically. They look as if they are going to move.

    The wall is 164 feet long, 8 inches thick; more than 100 tons of black granite. There is more than 2,500 photographic, archival images sandblasted onto the wall. There was every race, every military branch, civilian assistance, people who volunteered, and even a germen shepherd dog for bomb detecting on the second to the last panel.

    It was dedicated on July 27, 1995. The memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War.

    The park staff offers daily interpretive tours every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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    38th Parallel

    by DEBBBEDB Written Aug 4, 2013

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    My husband served his last year in the Air Force (before we were married) in Korea. The Korean War Memorial has 19 statues, and they are reflected in the wall behind them. More than 2,500 photographic, archival images representing the land, sea and air troops who supported those who fought in the war are sandblasted onto the wall. The figures are 19 stainless steel statues each between 7 feet 3 inches and 7 feet 6 inches tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds, The figures represent a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the armed forces; fourteen of the figures are from the U.S. Army, three are from the Marine Corps, one is a Navy Corpsman, and one is an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear, dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes which represent the rugged terrain of Korea. The total of statues and reflections is 38 figures which represents the 38th parallel

    The park staff offers daily interpretive tours every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

    President George H. W. Bush conducted the groundbreaking for the Memorial on June 14, 1992, Flag Day. The memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the war,

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    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 20, 2013

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    This was perhaps my favorite memorial on the Mall. The way the soldier statues are positioned and look - it's just an inspiring moment. The detail in the faces of the soldiers...

    Again - read ahead to learn some of the significant features of the memorial - between the 19 statues and their reflection in the granite wall - the 38 represent the 38th parallel.

    There is also a reflecting pool and a wall with the inscription: "freedom is not free"

    Powerful place.

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial

    by GentleSpirit Written Dec 20, 2011

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    One of the newer War memorials on the National Mall, the Korean Memorial was dedicated in 1995 to honor the service of Americans in the first armed conflict during the Cold War. On June 25, 1950 North Korean armed forces, supported by China and the Soviet Union, crossed the 38th parallel, which had arbitrarily been set as the border between the two Korean states following World War II. The War lasted until 1953 when the 38th parallel was re-established as the border between the two Koreas.

    The Memorial depicts a squad of 38 American soldiers on patrol in full combat gear.

    "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

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    VISIT THE KOREAN VETERANS WAR MEMORIAL

    by DennyP Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Since I was last in Washington DC this wonderful Memorial to the Veterans of the Korean War was built..In October of 1986 it was authorised by congress for The American Battle Monuments Commission to put in place a memorial to honour members of the combined US Armed Forces who served in Korea..and on July 27th 1995 President William Clinton and Kim Young Sam President of the Republic of Korea dedicated the memorial.This is a large Memorial and displays a squad of 19 (stainless steel statues) soldiers on patrol made up of different members of the Armed Forces and are portrayed as being from various ethnic backgrounds dressed in windblown ponchos depicting the harsh weather conditions of the time.
    ..A large granite curb lists the names of the combined United Nations Force of some 22 different countries involved in the conflict,,The south side displays a polished granite wall with many faces that are etched into the granite and these are actual photographs of unidentified soldiers ,sailors,airmen ,and marines..This truly is an outstanding monument..and a credit to its craftsmen who built it...
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    A place of remembrance

    by Gillybob Written May 14, 2011
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    This memorial is made of a number of sections, the main two being a highly polished granite wall which is etched with a number of faces - images from the war. The second area is a garden area in which 19 stainless steel sculptures are installed.

    The memorial was dedicated on 27 July 1995 (the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the war) by then President Bill Clinton and Kim Young Sam, President of the Republic of Korea.

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    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This monument to those who fought in the Korean war was dedicated in 1995. The statues of these soldiers dressed on long coats and ready for battle are to remind us of the sacrifice they made. My uncle who is now 80 years old, is also a veteran of this war.

    You cannot but stand and stare at these statues that are quite mesmerising.

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    Korean War Memorial

    by richiecdisc Written Apr 25, 2010

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial is one of the most stark and powerful of the many that dot the DC area. Nineteen stain-less steel statues over seven feet tall and a ton in weight trample across an otherwise serene group of junipers. You can nearly imagine them being ambushed which is particularly disturbing if you visit early in the morning and if they are aglow with dawn's atmospheric light. The contrast of the peacefulness and what feels imminent is eery. Other features are a small reflecting pool and numerous walls with engravings of soldiers, casualty statistics and phrase, “Freedom is not Free.” Over 50,000 US soldiers were killed during the lengthy military campaign and North Korea is more of a threat today than it ever was.

    Authorized in 1986, it was not completed and open to the public until 1995. It is open 24 hours a day but for best photographic light, go early in the morning when it is also at its most atmospheric.

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    A Moving Memorial

    by abi_maha Written Sep 10, 2009

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    Located right next to the Lincoln Memorial this was a touching experience, a place of few but very effective words such as 'freedom is not free'. The huge granite wall has actual pictures of those who died in this war.

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    Extremely moving memorial

    by Herkbert Written Jul 24, 2009

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    I was quite taken by the Korean War Memorial. Unlike the others, this is a tribute to the men who fought the war. It depicts the soldiers walking through a rice paddy all on alert for the enemy that was around them.

    While the others were interesting, I was moved the most by this memorial.

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    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    This monument is very dear to me because it represents when my father served during this difficult time. It is a reminder of those he once knew and lost.

    Plus, you must make a point to look at every face on each of the sculptures. Everyone has a different apperance that might represent the different ethnic origin. Many countries other than us gave their lives too during this war. I hold this monument dear to my heart.

    From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. This was very touching to see these life size sculptures which represent the hardship our men endured during this conflict.

    God bless our service men and women!!

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    Korean War Veterans Memorial ~ Mural Etched Wall

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    This monument is very dear to me because it represents when my father served during this difficult time. It is a reminder of those he once knew and lost. .

    From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. This was very touching to see these life size sculptures which represent the hardship our men endured during this conflict.

    This beautiful mural etched wall was designed by Louis Nelson of New York, N.Y., and fabricated by Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, Min. There are 41 panels extending 164 feet with 2,4000 images that were created using actual photographs from the Korean War from the National Archives. The mural consists of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel and their equipment. The beautiful Black Granite creates images of 38 statues, symbolic of the 38th Parallel and the 38 months of the war.

    Each etched panel in order of:
    Army:
    Misc Troops
    Artillery
    Armor
    Corpsman
    Chaplains
    Engineers
    Quartermaster
    Ordinance
    Signal
    Air Force:
    Fighters
    Bombers
    Transport
    Navy:
    Corpsman
    Pilots
    Gunners
    Navigational/Signal
    Supply
    Transport
    Misc.

    God bless our service men and women!!

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    Closures
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    To pay my requests.....

    by GracesTrips Updated Feb 15, 2009

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    There is sooo much to see in DC but visiting the Korean War Veterans National Memorial was meaningful to me. My dad grew up in Japan. Oddly enough, he was born a United States citizen. So, at 18 years of age he returned to the US to find he was immediately drafted into the army to fight in the Korean War. He doesn't elaborate as to what he did in the war except that he saved his injured lieutenant by speaking Korean and explaining that he was his prisoner. He was a pretty good marksman and at times had to fly in airplanes. That's about all I know. I also know instead of returning to the US for his leave, he would go to Japan instead. Hence, he met my mother. It took 2 years before my mother could come to the US and then I was born. To this day, all of my relatives (on both my mother's side and father's side) live in Japan. So, if not for the Korean War, I probably wouldn't be here today.

    To visit the memorial is free 24 hours a day. Rangers are available to answer questions from 9:30am - 11:30pm daily.

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    Korean War Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    The Korean War Memorial pays tribute to the 33,000 American soldiers who gave their lives in defense of freedom on the Korean Peninsula from 1950 to 1953. It is an impressive memorial comprised of a granite wall, similar to the Vietnam Memorial, except with faces of soldiers etched into the stone. The center of the monument is comprised of statues of 19 US military men marching toward the monument's apex. These statues represent all branches of the US armed services as well as all ethnic groups who served.

    At the apex is a small inscription that reads "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

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