One of Washington's newest memorials, the Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to the many who fought in the Korean War. ... More
Korean War Veterans Memorial
One of Washington's newest memorials, the Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to the many who fought in the Korean War. Located near the Lincoln Memorial, this monument features statues of 19 soldiers carefully making their way through unknown terrain. Photographic images on a 164-foot granite wall pays tribute to the thousands of others who contributed to the warnurses, mechanics, crew chiefs and support personnel. Inscribed on the wall are the words: "Freedom Is Not Free."
We almost skipped this memorial, as we were ready for a break. But the monuments tour we were following on our iphone showed some interesting pictures and we decided to stick with it. I'm so glad we did! It ended up being one of our favorites. My kids loved the detail and grim faces of the soldier statues. I was happy to be reminded of the 'Freedom is not Free' message.
I was at this memorial last Wed night. There was no one there as I silently walked around and took several shots of this glorious scene. I have seen it during the day, but the night time is fantastic as the soft lights shine on these beautiful statues. The feeling is unreal. Play a visit...a must see at night.
Korean War Veterans Memorial pays tribute to the men and women who fought in the Korean War. Located to the right of the Lincoln Memorial, this monument features 19 tin soldiers carefully making their way through Korean terrain. There is a black granite wall next to the tin men. I heard one man call it the "Wall of Heros" It has photographic images on the wall that pays tribute to the thousands of others who contributed to the war, like nurses, mechanics, crew chiefs and support personnel. Inscribed on the wall are the words: "Freedom Is Not Free." When you look into the faces of these tin men you can feel the fear that they must have felt walking through the wet mushy lands of Korea so far from home.
Take the night memorial tour and come see the Korean Memorial at night.
The Viet Nam, Korean and WWII memorials are at their most poignant at night.
But the Korean one is something special in the evening.
The granite walls are etched with the faces of those who served and the at night they are light from below.
The faces come alive as if they are ghosts from the past. In fact you can barely see these in the daytime, but at night they seem animated.
This coupled with the platoon in their rain gear going through the rice paddy is downright eerie.
If you wish to feel it at its most touching this is the time to go.
It was beautiful and close to several other memorials. I would not miss it, if you have a choice.
Try to group Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Eistien Memorial and WWII. They are all worth it!
This was the most chilling memorial because of the soldiers in the sculpture garden. It has a wall with names inscribed on it similar to the Vietnam Memorial but its focus is more on healing between the US and Korea. It also utilizes a water feature which the children really seemed to be enjoying.
It was so haunting, it was like time stop for a moment, and you were transported to that time and space. You saw the tears running down their faces, the horror of what was happening, and the terror of not having any help coming your way. You were part of their experience if only for a fleeting moment. They were the proud, the few who knew of the responsibility and wanted to finish the job they each were to partake. They were the hero's of that time, who bowed to no enemy to kiss their feet. They knew of freedom and wanted to continue to live in the arms of that happiness for their family and friends back home. They knew of each of their God's and had faith of a new dawning that He would protect them, whether they died trying to keep peace, or lived to see tomorrow. They were not selfish, they may have had to take steps back, but remained focus to their cause of freedom for all at the end of the day. Yes, this was a beautiful memorial that I would love to see and partake in again with family.
This memorial is breathtaking. Ever ingraved on my heart "Freedom is Never Free." Makes life seem simple compared to what they faced. And to think this was considered a "Police Action." Who are we kidding? Any time lives are taken, it is war.
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