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Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington DC
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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." To visit Korean War Veterans Memorial and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC itinerary maker.
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  • I felt the horror of that conflict (war) just looking at those soldier-statues who looked at you no matter where you stood. An ugly war well displayed. 
  • Must see this memorial for the veterans of the Korean war. Such life like statues it feels as though you are walking among them. Although it is still figures the looks on the young men's facing illici...  more »
  • This was amazing to see. I am so pleased we saw it. I have heard so much about it. Look at the faces of the soldiers. 
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  • I enjoyed the place! Emotional and beautiful. I also thought it is clever that they designed the walkway so only people that are going to the monument go down that path.
  • Great monument! It really captures what is was like for the soldiers during the Korean War. Might I add, the statues were quite Creepy looking!
  • Something about this memorial makes the hustle and bustle of the capital vanish. All you can hear is the running water and rustling trees. The statues all represent different branches of the military, and the rugged base they stand on represents the rugged terrain of the Korean battlefield.
  • I loved this Memorial. I hadn't ever been to this one, but it's my new favorite. Find a Park Ranger and get the full story of the Memorial, you'll enhance the experience.
  • Excellent Memorial, especially striking in the snow. The Korean War Veterans Memorial is an excellent tribute to those who fought in the war. The memorial itself portrays rows of soldiers marching through a field. If you happen to visit during the winter, the view of the soldiers march through snow is very haunting. At anytime of year, it is a must see.