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This is a closer up view of the 19 soldiers. They are arranged as if walking in a rice paddy in Korea.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Closest available address
10 Daniel French Drive SW, Washington, DC 20001
The memorial is open 24 hours. Rangers are here from 9:30am-11:30pm.
30 minutes or less
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
District of Columbia
The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors members of US and allied forces who fought in the Korean War from 1950-1953. The memorial is located just off the reflecting pool on the National Mall and is near the Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial. The focal point of the monument consists of 19 solider statues representing various service branches and ethnic groups. There is also a reflecting wall with images of servicemen, and a small pool which is partially encircled by trees and benches.
Congress approved the memorial in 1986 and it was dedicated in 1995. Certain proposals for the memorial such as including the names of all servicemen who died in the war were considered but rejected. The winning design for the monument was by Cooper-Lecky Architects and the statues were sculpted by Frank Gaylord. The reflecting wall includes several thousand images of those who served. Next to the reflecting pool are inscriptions of the casualty figures from the war and the following quote: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."
The Korean conflict is often referred to as The Forgotten War, since it took place shortly after the more pivotal World War II, and was politically eclipsed by the longer and more controversial Vietnam War. In some respects, the Korean Monument is the forgotten memorial because it lacks the singularity and melancholy of the Vietnam Memorial as well as the prominence and stature of the World War II Memorial. The Korean Memorial is like a hodgepodge of tributes without a central theme or greater meaning. While there is no question as to the valor and sacrifice of the US and international troops from the war and the merit of recognizing such service, as a tourist attraction the monument is less notable and worthwhile than the nearby alternatives. It can be seen quickly though, so if you are still inclined to visit it would only take a few minutes.
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