The Korean War Veterans Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located near the Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. The memorial was built in 1995 and honors those who served in the short but deadly war following World War II.
The Korean War cost America 35,574 lives and 8,200 troops who were classified as missing in action. One cannot help but be drawn to the raw emotion when visiting the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The view from a distance is of a blank grey wall, however as you move closer to it, images of Korean War Veterans appear. The Wall is 164 long, consists of 41 panels and contains over 2,400 photographs from the National Archives. (Click here for more on the history of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.)
In addition to the mural, they're are nineteen stainless steel statues that are seven feet tall which represent a cross section of America. " The advance party has 14 Army, 3 Marine, 1 Navy and 1 Air Force members. The statues stand in patches of Juniper bushes and are separated by polished granite strips, which give a semblance of order and symbolize the rice paddies of Korea. The troops wear ponchos covering their weapons and equipment. The ponchos seem to blow in the cold winds of Korea, " according to koreanwarvetsmemorial.org.