Korean War Memorial Facts

Korean War Memorial Facts
Washington, D.C., is close to many recreation hot spots, including the Potomac River and the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoor enthusiasts visiting the area can also take in many national monuments, including the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

History

In 1986, the U.S. Congress passed a bill authorizing the construction of a memorial to honor Korean War veterans, particularly those who died in battle, were prisoners of war or are still missing in action. In 1995, President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young Sam dedicated the monument.

Description

The monument features stainless-steel statues of 19 Korean War soldiers from the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force. Standing approximately 7'3" tall, the soldiers represent a racial and ethnic cross section of the U.S.

Symbolism

At the soldiers' feet granite slabs represent the numerous obstacles these men encountered in war. Numerous juniper bushes surrounding them symbolize the rough terrain they traversed.

Location

The monument is located next to the Lincoln Memorial, across the reflecting pool from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Fun Fact

Three of the soldiers are in the adjacent woods. If you stand at the memorial's flagpole and look through the statues, you can't be sure how many there are; there could be thousands of men emerging from the woods.

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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