Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

Dressed in full combat gear, 19 larger-than-life steel soldiers walk through a field at Korean War Veterans Memorial. The steel figures, designed by sculptor Frank Gaylord, stand about 2.2 m (7.5 ft) high, each weighing nearly 500 kg (1,000 lbs). The memorial also includes a shallow pool of remembrance, lined with black granite and surrounded by a grove of linden trees and benches. The trees create a barrel effect, allowing the sunlight to reflect on the surface of the water. Inscriptions list the numbers of U.S. and United Nations troops killed, wounded, and missing. A final granite wall bears a message often heard around the world, "Freedom Is Not Free." Find out how to plan Washington DC trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • I was shocked by how realistic the feelings and memories that were evoked by seeing this, closing my eyes, and absorbing the meanings that flashed before me  more »
  • On a walk through the Mall, this monument is easily missed but perhaps my favourite. Harrowed soldiers walk through the dawn light towards the beacon of hope that is the US flag in a doomed war.  more »
  • Size and detail of the statues or figurines was lifelike. Also brought solemn thinking of what they were fighting when I read the inscribed wording describing this war. Fighting and dying for people t...  more »
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  • Adjacent to the Lincoln's Memorial commemorates the tragedy of war and pays tribute to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in pursuit of freedom. A war that is now almost forgotten to do by constant tensions between the US and North Korea in recent times. The monument tries to shape how was this conflict that collect so many lives on both sides. Worth a visit, the monument is truly impressive not only for artistic but for what it represents.
  • Very respectful memorial to our Korean war veterans. There are nineteen statues depicting Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force soldiers on patrol in the rain. Next to that there is a 164' mural wall with etchings from photos of the war, a Pool of Remembrance that shows the cost of the war insofar as number of troops KIA, etc and a United Nations wall that lists the 22 nations that contributed troops to the UN efforts in the war. The memorial is located in West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.
  • Powerful, almost haunting. Amazing expressions on the statues' faces. Beautiful blend of shrubbery and lighting among statues, making them seem to be in motion, on a mission. Beautiful reelection wall.
  • Easy walk-up/around the steel figures of soldiers. The black polished granite that once viewed a certain way reflects faces of our heroes, is an outstanding craft. Adjacent to the Vietnam memorial. If possible, do daytime and nighttime visits.
  • My favorite of all the memorials. The faces capture the shock and misery our soldiers must have felt in a way I wouldn't have thought possible given the medium. It's interesting to watch the faces of your fellow visitors when they observe this. Sometimes art is powerful enough that viewers are overwhelmed, and that's the case here. If you have ever doubted that war is hell, spending a bit of time here to pay your respects will reinforce the concept.
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