Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.

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    Korean War Memorial

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    A short walk from the Washington Monument we came to the monuments remembering the veterans from the various conflicts. One that impressed me was the Korean War memorial with the soldiers in battle formation with full gear to protect them from the cold weather.

    I like this memorial as it represents what was a reality.

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    Freedom is Not Free

    by BorneoGrrl Written Nov 30, 2007

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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial was officially dedicated on July 27, 1995 by President Bill Clinton and Kim Young Sam, President of the Republic of Korea, to the soldiers who served during the war. 19 imposing statues representing a squad on patrol stand in a triangular area and at the end of the triangle is a granite wall with the words "Freedom is Not Free".

    The atmosphere at the memorial is rather solemn because of the stainless steel statues and the touching words placed on the granite walls & path.

    The memorial is open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. Admission is FREE

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    by besbel Written Sep 18, 2007

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    Alongside the Reflecting Pool, before arriving to Lincoln Memorial, you'll find the Korean War Veterans Memorial on your left. You'll know you arrived when you find the white statutes of several soldiers, separated by certain distance but as a group, as if they were joining a march. The various United Nations emblems lets you know that the US was part of a multilateral force sent to Korea between 1950 and 1953. What captured my attention, however, was the inmense wall next to it, with the phrase Freedom is not Free.
    It left me thinking until now.

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    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2007

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    this memorial honors the 1.5 million american solders that fought in the korean war. this interesting monument has 19 statues of solders on patrol. the faces of the statues depict the fatigue and stress of solders in combat. a very interesting memorial to visit when in washington.

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    Visit the Korean War Memorial

    by geismom Written May 31, 2007
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    This memorial is tucked away, near a path to the basin, but worth the visit.
    The statues are larger than life, and one can't help but be drawn into the moment of fear that these men must have endured.
    There is along wall along the one side of the monument, which reflects a hologram of the many faces of the Korean War.
    At the end, near the fountain, the wall is inscribed with the quote: "Freedom is not Free."
    This memorial is well worth the walk if you enjoy history.

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    by jamiesno Updated Mar 2, 2007

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    I did get to spend a lot of time at the Korean War Memorial as I was rushing to be on time to visit the Washington Monument and that left me just a short amount of time. In any event I got some pictures and thought this monument was very well done and effective. It was located just next to the Lincoln Memorial. .

    You could almost imagine these soldiers in Korea at war.

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    by NC_Ziggy Updated Feb 3, 2007

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    Of the war memorials, the Korean War Memorial seemed to have a personality all of its own. Perhaps it's because the soldiers on patrol there seemed so life-like in their ponchos on such a grey day. Maybe it's because the wall there is etched with faces instead of names. And then, the stark reality of the inscription "Freedom is Not Free" (Next Tip) seemed to sink deeply inwards and create comparisons to the current events in today's news...

    It appears there is some great disparity between freedom and hatred. It is one thing to kill for freedom, which to me means allowing anyone from any place in any color and any religion to coexist within mutually acceptable rules... mainly, to respect one another's differences but have the right to question them openly and without fear of reprisal. It is quite another perspective if freedom is viewed simply as a means to control or contain others- this would only represent THE freedom to dominate and too often THE freedom to persecute.

    I apologize for my drifting off course, but I can't help but draw some analogies and perspectives from our apparent aversion for "memorials" to war.

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    by chewy3326 Written Jan 1, 2007
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    This memorial was opened in 1995; it honors the 50,000 Americans who died serving in the Korean War. The memorial is shaped like a triangle piercing a circle; the circle is a pool, with a wall enscribed with the words "Freedom is not Free." Lining the pool, the number of casualties and POWs for both the US and UN are displayed. The triangle part of the memorial has a wall on the southern end where there are painted the faces of hundreds of soldiers, generals, and civilians. In the center of the triangle there are a number of statues of American soldiers in combat; they are covered in cloaks and seem to be advancing into the east.

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    by Pawtuxet Updated Dec 18, 2006

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    This can be an eery place to visit...especially after dark. The lighting is from the ground up. The soldiers are positioned as if crossing a rice paddy....and you feel as if you are with them in their stealthy exploration of a foreign land. The figures are a greyish white..almost ghostlike. They move towards the Washington Monument in the distance. There is an etched wall of granite with remnants of faces and figures in the granite, which are only visible when you really look closely.
    The monument is on the opposite side of the Lincoln Memorial as the Viet Nam Memorial.
    Took me a long time to get around to going to the Korean Memorial, but it was certainly worth the trip. I've tried to give the feel of it thru several pics on these pages. It's a masterful job of sculpture which includes drama, grace, and patriotism in a very moving display. Well done.

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    Favorite War Memorial in Washington

    by eegist Written Nov 1, 2006

    My favorite war memorial in Washington has to be the Korean War Memorial. The soldiers in bronze walking up the hill in their rain capes I think really captures the infantryman in the war. It makes you feel for those that served in that war. The wall and fountain did nothing for me.

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    The Korean War Memorial

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 26, 2006

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    This is a stirring tribute to those who fought in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953. In the aftermath of Vietnam, many tend to forget this conflict. It cost us almost as many lives as Vietnam did, so I'm glad that the Korean veterans now have a memorial, too.

    It paints a matter-of-fact, unglamorous picture of the daily reality of war. The haunting image of men trudging up a hill somewhere in Korea has endured in my mind ever since I visited this place. It is well worth a visit, especially for veterans.

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    by charrie Written Jul 10, 2006

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    A great memorial of the Korean War. There are 19 statues of soldiers giving the impression of moving about through unknown territory in Korea. On a 164-foot granite wall are etchings of actual photographs of our military forces moving through Korea. It's beautiful and quite haunting. Open 8a-midnight.

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    by Taffster Written Jun 19, 2006

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    If possible during your visit to Washington, try to take in the Korean War Memorial at night. The memorial depicts troops walking through the potential battle grounds of Korea. The sight is eerie to say the least, and does well to put into perspective the apprehension of the situations the troops will have found themselves facing.

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    Faces of war ......

    by kymbanm Updated May 10, 2006

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    My day was spent wandering from memorial to memorial this day ........ this particular sight was not here last time I was in DC, so I definitely wanted to stop by and experience this particular place.

    The Korean War Memorial represents the fighting that took place in Korea by US and United Nation troops in the early 1950's.

    The granite wall to one side is etched with the faces of those who supported the troops, and also creates a reflection of the 19 statues portrayed slogging through a rice paddy to create a vision of 38 soldiers ....... to represent the 38th paralell that was the focus of the war. Along the north side of the memorial is a low stone wall, on which are engraved the names of the 22 countries that made up the United Nations forces in Korea.

    The Pool of Remembrance is the most misunderstood part of the memorial. It was meant to be a place where visitors can sit in the shade of the trees and reflect upon what occurred nearly fifty years ago. Unfortunately, the pool is viewed as some kind of wishing well where coins are left behind. In actuality the stilled water of the pool is the part of the memorial that is for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    I found the young faces of the soldiers portrayed touching .... fear, exhaustion, anticipation are displayed on these faces as they move up a hill. As with the other memorials I visited, it created a need to sit and reflect on the reality of war ... then and now.

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    Korean War Veterans Memorial is just near Lincoln memorial, on the left of the reflecting pool. It's about many statues of solders in differents situations. It's built on the memory of those who gave their lifes in this war.

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