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Korean War Veterans Memorial in D.C.

Not because I’m a devout “The Unit” (Special Forces TV show) fan…or my dad retiring from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service…or because I grew up in a military town (San Diego), but anyone and everyone who has ever served in the military–and their families–deserve my heartfelt recognition for all their sacrifices in keeping our nation safe.

In observance of Memorial Day….here are photos of the Korean War Veterans Memorial snapped during my first installment of exploring Washington D.C. with my ex-before-last.  D.C. is the most picturesque city I’ve been to thus far. I need, hmm, 3 more days to really say I’ve “seen” it.  For those of you who’ve never been, there is so much to see and do…you need a week, minimum!

According to a brochure—“From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide.” The United Nation members (countries) involved in the Korean War are etched alongside the main walkway—Australia, Belgium, Canada, Columbia, Denmark, Ethopia, France, Greece, etc.

Korean War Memorial

If you drive to the memorial, you’d see this at the “entrance” before the statues
We came in the “other” way having walked, so we saw all the statues (below) first

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Flags in front of statues

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“Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met”
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In between the flagpole and statues

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View of the stainless-steel statues
That’s the Lincoln Memorial (white building) in the background!

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On patrol

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Korean War Memorial

The rest of the unit on patrol

Korean War Memorial

On July 27, 1995, this Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated to “1.5 million Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force men and women who fought in the war.”

Korean War Memorial

At night, there are faces on the black wall (not shown)

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“Freedom is not free”

Korean War Memorial

If you were to walk to the memorial from the Lincoln Memorial (like we did), you’d have this view and would be coming up from “behind” them

Korean War Memorial

I love how this soldier at the rear is “staring* at you

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Night view of the statues
After a full day, we had decided at the last minute to return to see this memorial at night

Korean War Memorial

More soldiers keeping patrol “at night”

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The toll from the Korean War is as follows:
Dead: 54,246 (United States), 628,833 (United Nations)
Missing: 8,177 (United States), 470,267 (United Nations)
Captured: 7,140 (United States), 92,970 (United Nations)
Wounded: 103,284 (United States), 1,064,453 (United Nations)

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One comment for “Korean War Veterans Memorial in D.C.”

  1. I SALUTE AND THANK YOU ALL I AM A KOREAN AND IRAQ WAR VET MYSELF US ARMY RETIRD. I KNOW WHAT YOU ALL WENT THROU AND FEEL YOUR PAIN GOD BLESS AND THANK YOU

    1 Posted by DUANE FISH | June 21, 2009, 8:57 am

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