Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.

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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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    by Dabs Updated Feb 26, 2005

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    The war memorial that touches you most in Washington DC may have to do with personal reasons, perhaps you had a relative that served in a war or perhaps you are a veteran yourself, maybe you were raised during a time of war. As none of my family or friends served in the military during war time, the one that touched me most is based on the power of the statement it makes, not personal history

    The WWII memorial is quite grand and the Vietnam War memorial is heart wrenching as you watch people searching for names of loved ones inscribed on its walls, but I thought the simplicity of the Korean War Memorial, with figures of men walking through a field, put a human face on a war that is all but forgotten in the US.

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    A moving memorial

    by vivalasteph Written Apr 28, 2004

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    This memorial has been described by many as eerie, and that is the perfect word. The staues of soldiers are walking, or more lumbering, forward in a rice paddy setting. Somber and very emotional, it captures a feeling that many monuments miss.

    It was built to memorialize the survivors of the war, and has a granite wall adjacent with the names of thousands of doctors, nurses, mechanics and tradesmen who served.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    December 25th.

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    by bct341 Written Oct 11, 2003

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    From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with the United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. At war's end, a million and a half American veterans returned to a peacetime world of families, homes, and jobs - and to a country long reluctant to view the Korean War as something to memorialize. But to the men and women who served, the Korean War could never be a forgotten war.
    The passing of more than four decades has brought a new perspective to the war and its aftermath. The time has come, in the eyes of the Nation, to set aside a place of remembrance for the people who served in this hard-fought war half a world away. The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call, those who worked and fought under the most trying circumstances, and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.

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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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    The Wall at the Korean Veteran's War Memorial

    by RhondaRuth Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    The haunting faces and images inbedded in the wall along the walk by the Korean War Memorial is just as astounding. I wasn't even sure this picture would come out, but it came out even better than expected. If it wasn't a problem with "time", I would have stayed here longer to sit and reflect on our lives. Very moving experience!

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    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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    The Korean War Veterans Memorial

    by Polly74 Written Sep 6, 2004

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    Built by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory at a cost of $18 million in donated funds, this memorial, located on a 2.2-acre site adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, features a sculptured column of 19 foot soldiers arrayed for combat with the American flag as their symbolic objective.
    A 164-foot mural wall is inscribed with the words, Freedom Is Not Free and is etched with 2,500 photographic images of nurses, chaplains, crew chiefs, mechanics and other support personnel to symbolize the vast effort that sustained the military operation.

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    Korean Monument

    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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    by gosiaPL Updated Jan 23, 2005

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    The best known part of this memorial is the Field of Service, a triangle-shaped section with 19 statues of young servicemen, like a squad on patrol in a rugged Korean field. My first visit to this memorial was on a late eveining and, in the dark, the statues seemed very realistic, I couldn't help thinking one of them would move any minute now!
    I returned the next day to explore and discovered that there was more to the memorial than just the Field of Service. There is also a black granite wall which refects the statues and the visitors (a bit like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial), intermingling them with faces etched into the granite. It's a powerful design because the faces are based on actual photographs of American servicemen, this can be really a moving experience to see the faces of the killed in action...
    To the centre of the memorial is the Pool of Remembrance, the stone with numbers of the killed and the missing, and another granite wall which reads in silver letters "Freedom is not free"...

    This memorial was dedicated in July 1995, on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that put an end to the Korean war.

    Located to the right of the Reflecting Pool as you stand with your back to the Lincoln Memorial.

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