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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  • October 4, 2017
    My father came down the Chosin Reservoir, and he saw himself in several of the figures (though only a few were Marines like he was). One can almost transport there, mentally and spiritually. Read up a...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    The solders appear to be emerging from a forest. Tired, lonely, together but apart. Try to visit when the wather is dull, or raining. Haunting.  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This is a very sombre and haunting memorial to those who fought in the Korean War. The statues of the soldiers are a reminder of the pain and fear of men at war. The memorial is also full of symbolism...  more »
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  • February 3, 2017
    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.
  • May 26, 2017
    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.
  • April 18, 2017
    Very cool memorial. You can almost imagine being in Korea. They had soldiers in shrubs. Very thought provoking.
  • March 21, 2017
    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.
  • March 20, 2017
    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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