Korean War Memorial


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by vampirefan on January 12, 2005

Freedom is Not Free. These four words are etched on the walls of the Korean War monument. It is also the sentiment of this memorial dedicated to the brave men and women who defended our freedom from 1950 to 1953 during the Korean conflict. The memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the war. President Clinton and Kim Young Sam, the president of Korea, dedicated it.

Upon your arrival, one of the first things you will see is a group of 19 stainless-steel statues depicting a squad on patrol. WW II veteran Frank Gaylord designed the statues. On a granite curb on the north side you will find a list of the 22 countries that sent troops or offered medical support to South Korea. Over on the south side you will find a solemn black granite wall, which has the actual faces of soldiers etched in the granite. There is also a reflecting pool nearby.

This is truly a monument to be seen at night. The servicemen’s reflections on the granite wall shine though by the moonlight. It is truly a somber and moving place. Here you will find visitors talking in whispers instead of shouts. This is one memorial that should not be missed.

Korean War Veterans Memorial
French Drive SW
Washington, D.C., United States, 20024

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