Korean War Veterans Memorial Photos

Korean War Veterans Memorial

 Rachel Cooper

The Korean War Memorial was dedicated in 1995 to the 5.8 million American men and women who served in the Korean War. It is located in Washington, DC, on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial. During the three years from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, 36,574 Americans died and 103,284 were wounded during the conflict.

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Statues of the Korean War Veterans Memorial

Korean war memorial in Washington DC
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The Korean War Memorial includes a group of 19 stainless steel statues that depict soldiers on patrol facing an American flag. The statues, sculpted by Frank Gaylord of Barre, Vermont, are seven feet tall and represent an ethnic cross-section of America. The advancing patrol is made up of 14 Army personnel, three Marines, one Navy member and one Air Force member. The troops are wearing ponchos that appear to be blowing in the wind.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial Up Close

Korean War Veterans Memorial

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The statues stand in patches of Juniper bushes, separated by polished granite strips, which symbolize the rice paddies of Korea. Each year thousands of tourists visit the memorial and other monuments on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

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Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC

Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall

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The Korean War Memorial Wall is a granite mural made up of 41 panels that depict Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel and their equipment. From photographs, the faces of 2,400 unnamed soldiers are etched into the granite with the caption, “Freedom is not free.” The reflective quality of the Academy Black Granite intentionally creates the image of a total of 38 statues, which is symbolic of the 38th Parallel and the 38 months of the war. 

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Korean War Armistice Wreath Ceremony

Korean War Armistice Wreath Ceremony

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The armistice ending the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953. A wreath-laying ceremony is held each year at Arlington National Cemetery and the Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC, on the anniversary of the armistice.​

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