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Monday, December 25, 2023

Korean War Veterans Memorial

  Rajesh Kumar Rana       Monday, December 25, 2023


 Korean War Veterans Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The memorial was dedicated (opened) in 1995 to the 1.5 million American men and women who served in the Korean War in 1950-1953. The extensive memorial includes a group of 19 statues that depict soldiers on patrol standing in front of the American flag. The granite wall depicts the faces of 2,400 nameless soldiers with the inscription "Freedom is not free." The memory pool honors all soldiers who have been killed, wounded, or missing in action. The Memorial Foundation is currently promoting a law to add a Wall of Remembrance to the Memorial, listing the names of the veterans.

How to get to the Korean War Veterans Memorial:

• The memorial is located at the  National Mall . The nearest metro station is Foggy Bottom.

• Limited parking is available near the National Mall. The best way to get around the city is to use public transport. 

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• opening Time:  open 24 hours.

• You can find out more current information on the official website of the Korean War Veterans Memorial

History of Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War of 1950–53 was the first military clash of the former allies, the USSR and the United States, after World War II. It began with an attack by communist North Korea in the pro-Western South. The UN condemned the aggression and sanctioned the use of force to suppress it. At first, the militarily more powerful North drove the southerners to a tiny piece of coastline. But the United States, which came to the rescue, planned and landed a large amphibious assault in the Seoul region. The northerners were defeated and rolled towards the Chinese border. Then the Chinese "volunteers" entered the battle, and the front again moved south. The result of the bloody battles was the delimitation of the Korean Peninsula along the 38th parallel, which continues to this day.

In the battle on a small peninsula, the communist camp and the West clashed - the coalition under the UN flag consisted of 22 countries. Korea has become a testing ground for both sides for testing new types of weapons - jet aircraft and missiles. At critical moments, the United States even considered a nuclear strike on China possible. In fierce battles, Korea lost several million people, the United States - more than 54 thousand. In all, over five million Americans passed through the Korean front in three years. Nevertheless, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War that followed soon, the Korean was completely forgotten in the United States.

The idea of ​​the memorial was approved by Congress only thirty-three years after the end of this war. In 1992, President George W. Bush laid the foundation stone for the monument, and in 1995 Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Yong Sam unveiled it.

Structures of the korean war veterans memorial:

The memorial looks unusual and solemn. From a bird's eye view, it can be seen that it is planned in the shape of a triangle, the sharp top of which rests against a round surface of water. A black granite wall stretches along one side of the triangle, on its mirror surface more than 2,500 faces of Americans who died in the Korean War are captured - their images have been restored from archival photos. But the most impressive part of the complex is nineteen realistically carved soldiers' figures. In helmets and raincoats, with rifles in hand, they cautiously move through the juniper bushes, ready to join the battle. The reflection in the granite wall doubles the number of figures, their total number symbolizing the 38th parallel that divided Korea. The sculptures by Frank Gaylord are made of stainless steel and sparkle during the day. But with the onset of darkness, in the intersection of light and shadow.

Steel soldiers move towards a circular shallow pool, on the fence of which numbers are engraved - this is the number of dead, missing, who were captured during the Korean War. Around the pool is a linden grove with benches designed for concentrated reflection.

The main granite wall of the memorial is carved with words expressing American respect for those who defend human rights, taking risks and sacrifices: "Freedom is not free."

Tips for visitors:

  • Visit on a nice day so you can enjoy walking and reading inscriptions.
  • Attend a ranger-led program and learn about the history of the Korean War
  • Be sure to take some time to stroll around and check out some of the other Memorials in the area.
  • A truce ending the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953. A wreath-laying ceremony is held every year at Arlington National Cemetery and the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC, on the anniversary of the armistice.

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