A Brief Note On Korean War Veterans Memorial

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Korean War Veterans Memorial

In 1985, the former members of the U.S. armed forces, who served in the Korean War, made a union to build a memorial for the Korean War. The U.S. congress authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to build a memorial in Washington D.C. to honor the U.S. soldiers in 1986. After the fund raising, the Memorial construction began in 1993 and it was completed in 1995. To build the memorial, 18 million dollars was funded and five million dollars of a total cost was assisted from the Korean companies. For the 42nd anniversary of the armistice, that ended the Korean War, and celebrating the visit of South Korea’s President, Young sam, Kim, unveiling event was held on July 27. (두산백과, )
The memorial is a circle intersected by a triangle. In a triangle field, 19 stainless steel statues are in a squad on patrol, representing each branch of the U.S. armed forces: Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy. They are portrayed from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, and their windblown ponchos mean the harsh weather of Korea. On the side of the statues, 22 countries of the United Nations that sent troops or gave medical support are listed. On the south side, a black granite wall, which intermingles the images of the faces, is standing. The faces are based on actual photographs of unidentified U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. At the Pool of Remembrance, a small part of a circle, numbers of people who killed, wounded, held prisoner-of-war- are…
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