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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  • A chapter that must never happen again. a time to stand still. There are so many of these monuments from a dark part of the American inmenningen.
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  • All of the monuments in Washington DC are moving. The Korean War Memorial takes you to the war. The bigger than life sculptures of soldiers and the faces on the wall are enough to make you contemplate...  more »
  • See this memorial in daytime but especially also at night. The wall has ghostly images of fallen soldiers and the larger than life figures "on patrol" in the large triangle can give you a feeling of b...  more »
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  • This memorial is actually made of 4 parts: 1. The Mural Wall, picturing land, sea, and air troops 2. The United Nations low Wall, representing the 22 Nations which contributed 3. The Pool of Remembrance, listing the numbers of killed, wounded, missing in action, and held as prisoners of war 4. The 19 Statues, staging US soldiers on patrol. Their different face expression, the scenery and details give a strong sense of realism. And the large numbers at the pool remind the sacrifice of the fallen. It's a beautifully designed memorial that one must not miss.
  • Reminding me of my experience of the Korean War. I remember cold snowy winter days. I hardly remember the rainy day explicit in soldiers' rain poncho.
  • Very cool memorial. You can almost imagine being in Korea. They had soldiers in shrubs. Very thought provoking.
  • The statues were very creepy i saw one blink at me. I also saw one walk to the woods unzip his pants take a pee. It was very amusing. It was the best part of DC i would come back any day.
  • Beautiful, stoic. The best times to see it are early morning fog, or dusk as we did. Pay special attention to the eyes of the statues, each has a very real expression and the faces are so detailed.

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