Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

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Monument · Tourist Spot
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." Find out how to plan Washington DC trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The memorial was under construction as each of the figures were being hand painted with small brushes! Love this memorial at night as you feel like you are with these men.  more »
  • We visited this Memorial with younger family members. It is an excellent tribute to Korean Vets. There was construction and maintenance going on when we visited, but it did not diminish the...  more »
  • My friend insisted that I see this Memorial. I wasn't so sure what the big deal was because all the memorials are beautiful there. She insisted that we go and arrive just as it was getting dark. I was speechless. Not just a stone monument, but soldiers walking through the marshes in full gear. It was so surreal. I didn't want to say anything, they looked as though they were trying to be quiet, and looked as though they would blink and turn their hollow eyes directly at you if you made a sound. Whoever created this was a genius. The men are just a bit larger than a normal sized man, so your mind almost doesn't know why you feel uneasy being there, but you just are. This is all in front of a highly polished marble memorial with faces and names to add the human element of both sides. This Memorial was the one that will stick in my mind for a long time.
  • The last time we were there, I don't know if we missed it, or it was being constructed, but this time, we got to see the whole thing. It is absolutely breathtaking. We got chills being there. Very beautiful, and somber. The detail and scale of the statues was just, wow. My grandfather was in Korea, and I feel like this is a fitting monument to their fight over there. Well done. A must see.

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