Korean War Memorial Information

Korean War Memorial Information
Visitors to Washington, D.C. often find themselves entranced by the many monuments to America's rich history. Not least of these is the Korean War Veterans Memorial, a poignant tribute to those who fought and died in the conflict sometimes called America's "forgotten war."

History

On June 25, 1950 North Korean troops invaded South Korea, igniting a three year conflict that ended with both sides occupying the same positions as when the war started.

The Cost

As a participant in the UN action in Korea, America suffered 54,284 killed plus over 100,000 wounded and thousands more missing in action or taken prisoner.

Korean War Memorial

A memorial to Korean War Veterans was authorized by Congress in 1986. The site was completed and dedicated in 1995.

Location

The Korean War Memorial is located at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial and immediately across from the Vietnam War Memorial.

On Patrol

Nineteen sculptures of American servicemen form a tableau as they trudge across a grassy field. The stainless steel statues portray all services and a mix of American ethnic groups.

Hours

The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. National Parks Service rangers are on site from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day to assist visitors.

Article Written By W D Adkins

W D Adkins has been writing professionally for two years. His writing interests include education, business and finance. Adkins is a doctoral student with Masters Degrees in history and sociology from Georgia State University. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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