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Korean War Veterans Memorial
Southeast of the Lincoln Memorial, on the Independence Ave. SW side of the Mall
Our Rating Neighborhood The National Mall Hours Open 24 hr. daily Transportation Metro: Foggy Bottom, with 30-min walk.DC Circulator stop. Phone 202/426-6841 Prices Free admission. Limited parking. Web site Korean War Veterans Memorial
This privately funded memorial, founded in 1995, honors those who served in the Korean War, a 3-year conflict (1950–53) that produced almost as many casualties as Vietnam. It consists of a circular “Pool of Remembrance” in a grove of trees and a triangular “Field of Service,” highlighted by lifelike statues of 19 infantrymen who appear to be trudging across fields. A 164-foot-long black granite wall depicts the array of combat and support troops that served in Korea (nurses, chaplains, airmen, mechanics, cooks, and others); a raised granite curb lists the 22 nations that contributed to the UN’s effort; and a commemorative area honors KIAs, MIAs, and POWs. Allot 15 minutes here.
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