Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington, D.C., United States

The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates those who served in the Korean War. It was confirmed by the U.S. Congress in 1986.

The main memorial is in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. The Mural was created by Louis Nelson, with photographic images sandblasted into it depicting soldiers, equipment and people involved in the war. When reflected on the wall, there appear to be 38 soldiers, 38 months, and it is also representing the 38 parallel that separated the North and South Korea.

Within the walled triangle are 19 stainless steel statues designed by Frank Gaylord. The figures represent a squad on patrol, drawn from each branch of the armed forces; fourteen of the figures are from the U.S. Army, three are from the Marine Corps, one is a Navy Corpsman, and one is an Air Force Forward Air Observer. They are dressed in full combat gear, dispersed among strips of granite and juniper bushes which represent the rugged terrain of Korea.

To the north of the statues and path is the United Nations Wall, a low wall listing the 22 members of the United Nations that contributed troops or medical support to the Korean War effort.

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Cory Daignault (8 months ago)
Haunting presentation at night, though as of 5/20 the lights illuminating the individual soliders are burned out. They have no timeline for replacing them due to budget constraints. Kind of heart breaking...
Rich Simpson (9 months ago)
Really great memorial. I came there not to long after they Dedicated it coming to the Vietnam veterans memorial across the reflection pool. Between the memorial. I served in Korea 1987 3 months in the DMZ. Camp Howze Korea. I know a few Korean veterans.
Vince Reiner (11 months ago)
Helped my Uncle in the setup and memorial service. Vice president in attendance and south Korean president. Awesome memorial to those in the forgotten war. The bluebeards!
Mike Ebey (13 months ago)
Tastefully done memorial.
LV Plug (15 months ago)
I really enjoyed my trip to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The atmosphere took my breath away. It's almost hard to put it into words. All I can say is wow. Thank you to all of the brave men and women serving in our armed forces. You are truly America's heroes. Never, for one second, think that we don't support you. I'm here for each and every service member. You will always have my support. THANK YOU!
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