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, gunners, mechanics, cooks, and others); a raised granite curb lists the 22 nations that contributed to the UN’s effort there; and a commemorative area honors KIAs, MIAs, and POWs. Plan to spend 15 minutes here.
- Elise Hartman Ford