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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 bring visitors here very often. I always approach from the Lincoln memorial and enter by the Northwest corner. The very first soldier you meet is telling you to be quiet and very careful. The scene ...  more »
  • The sculptures of the life sized soldiers walking through the garden is quite dramatic. Lots of information about the countries involved in the war, too.  more »
  • This is a very moving and amazing memorial - each statue has unique qualities and facial expressions. One can feel the weight of world on the shoulders of these soldiers as they move through the jungl...  more »
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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.