This monument to those who fought in the Korean war was dedicated in 1995. The statues of these soldiers dressed on long coats and ready for battle are to remind us of the sacrifice they made. My uncle who is now 80 years old, is also a veteran of this war. You cannot but stand and stare at these statues that are quite mesmerizing.
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. 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 trying of circumstances, and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.
Built at a cost of $18 million in donated funds, this powerful 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.
Standing facing the Lincoln Memorial the Korean Veterans Memorial is to the left side of the reflecting pool. The Vietnam Memorial is to the right side of the reflecting pool.
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