Sunday, September 7, 2014

Washington DC Korean War Memorial

Travel Photo Monday

Travel Photo Monday

August 2014 - Washington DC

There is so much to see and do in Washington that five days is not enough. That just means we'll have to go back!!!

This link will take you to daily highlights of our trip.

When we first arrived we walked to the Mall and stopped to see the Korean War Memorial.
The information below is from Wikipedia as is this aerial view.

The circle contains the Pool of Remembrance, a shallow pool 30 feet (9 m) in diameter lined with black granite and surrounded by a grove of linden trees with benches. The trees are shaped to create a barrel effect, which allows the sun to reflect on the pool. Inscriptions list the numbers killed, wounded, missing in action, and held as prisoners of war, and a nearby plaque in inscribed: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."

The main memorial is in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Walls: 164 feet (50 m) long, 8 inches (200 mm) thick; more than 100 tons of highly polished "Academy Black" granite from California: more than 2,500 photographic, archival images representing the land, sea and air troops who supported those who fought in the war are sandblasted onto the wall.

When reflected on the wall, there appear to be 38 soldiers, representing the 38th parallel. To the north of the statues is a path, forming one side of the triangle. 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. This forms the second side of the triangle. The third side of the triangle, facing towards the Lincoln Memorial, is open.

Within the walled triangle are 19 stainless steel statues designed by Frank Gaylord, each larger than life-size, between 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) and 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall; each weighs nearly 1,000 pounds (500 kg). 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.
 I felt like he was staring directly at me.



  1. I find that the images sandblasted into the wall are as haunting as the statues. It's certainly a monument that demands attention.

  2. I always find war memorials moving. This one looks amazing too; really thoughtful and thought-provoking - and arresting.

  3. Stunning landmark, it is so well done. I love the etchings on the stonework and the imagery with the statues on the ferns.'s so impactful! Thanks for sharing this today!


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