Korean War Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial was authorized by the U.S. Congress on
October 28, 1986, with design and construction managed by the Korean War
Veterans Memorial Advisory Board and the American Battle Monuments Commission.
President George H. W. Bush conducted the ground breaking for the Memorial
on June 14, 1992, Flag Day. It was dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd
anniversary of the armistice that ended the war, by President Bill Clinton
and Kim Young Sam, President of the Republic of Korea, to the men and
women who served during the conflict.
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The memorial is in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Within the
triangle are 19 stainless steel statues designed by Frank Gaylord, each larger
than life-size representing a squad on patrol, 15 Army, 2 Marines, 1 Navy
Corpsman, and 1 Air Force Forward Air Observer, dressed in full combat gear,
dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes, representing the rugged
terrain of Korea.
To the north of the statues is a path, forming one side of the triangle, and
behind, to the south, is a 164 foot long black granite wall, created by Louis
Nelson, with photographic images sandblasted into it depicting soldiers,
equipment and people involved in the war, forming the second side.
The third side of the triangle, facing towards the Lincoln Memorial, is open.
The circle contains the Pool of Remembrance, a shallow 30-foot-diameter pool
lined with black granite and surrounded by a grove of trees with benches.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
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