United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC By Rachel Cooper Rachel Cooper Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 05/13/19 Share Pin Email Peter Gridley / Getty Images The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC was dedicated in 1995 to 1.5 million American men and women who served in the Korean War from 1950-1953. The expansive memorial includes a group of 19 statues that depict soldiers on patrol facing an American flag. A granite wall has a mural of the faces of 2,400 unnamed soldiers with a reading that states “Freedom is not free.” A Pool of Remembrance honors all soldiers who were killed, wounded or missing in action. The Memorial Foundation is currently promoting legislation to add a Wall of Remembrance to the Memorial, listing the names of the veterans. Getting to the Korean War Veterans Memorial The memorial is located on the National Mall at Daniel French Dr. and Independence Ave., NW Washington, DC. 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 transportation. And there is also parking available around the area. Memorial Hours: Open 24 hours. Veterans Statues The memorial features 19 larger-than-life-sized statues, designed by Frank Gaylord, dressed in full combat gear. They represent members of all of the branches of the armed forces: the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. Mural Wall The black granite mural wall, designed by Louis Nelson of New York, consists of 41 panels extending 164 feet. The mural depicts Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel and their equipment. When viewed from a distance, the etchings create the appearance of the mountain ranges of Korea. The Pool of Remembrance The Memorial has a reflective pool that encircles the mural wall. The pool is intended is to encourage visitors to view the Memorial and reflect on the human cost of war. Inscriptions on granite blocks at the east end of the monument list the numbers of soldiers who were killed, wounded, held as prisoners of war and missing in action. Unfortunately, most visitors don't see the casualty figures as they are not prominently in view. Visiting Tips Visit on a nice day so you can enjoy walking around and reading the inscriptions. Attend a ranger-guided program and learn about the history of the Korean War Be sure to take some time to walk around and check out some of the other Memorials in the area. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Best Monuments and Memorials in Washington, D.C. TripSavvy Editors' Choice Awards 2018: Iconic & Historic Attractions 8 War Memorials in the United States Worth Visiting Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC The Lincoln Memorial: A "Must See" When You Visit Washington DC See Photos of Washington, DC's National Mall Explore Washington, D.C. On the Cheap Honor American Heroes on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C. Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC 8 National Park Sites With Ties to LGBTQ+ History Learn All About Touring the Pentagon 10 Most Scenic Views in Washington, DC Honor Those Who Served and Died at Oahu's War Memorials Exploring Asia's Arlington, the Philippines' Manila American Cemetery The Best Parks in Lexington, Kentucky What are the Major Annual Events on the National Mall?