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.
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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)