on May 29, 2007
Dedicated in 1995 to the men and women who fought in the first U.N. combined effort in Korea, the Memorial is a eerie and stark reminder of our involvement in the Korean War. The main portion of the monument is nineteen stainless steel figures that represent the four services in a "patrol" type set-up as if moving through the field. Each statue is over seven foot tall and weigh over 1,000 pounds apiece. The details in their construction, especially the facial features is what makes them almost speak to the viewer though. Wearing ponchos and almost stalking forward, the statues are very powerful and moving. From the back, it is interesting to see that it almost appears as though one of the soldiers on patrol seems to be looking up toward the Washington Monument.To the south of the field of nineteen is a black granite wall 164 foot long with sandblasted images of those who served in the U.N. efforts. Fighting to be seen through the sunlight and dark granite, the faces and figures of those who served can be made out as ghostly apparitions in the background.Where the two parts of the monuments come together is a silver inlaid reminder, "Freedom is not free" at the base of the American flag. If you walk just around behind the wall, there is also a small reflecting pool.Very nicely laid out and presented, the Korean War Memorial is a great tribute to a war that is sometimes forgotten.I highly recommend visiting this memorial if you have the opportunity.
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