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The Korean War Veterans Memorial The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC It was dedicated on July 27 1995 The Memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 58 million American who served in the US Armed Services during the three-year period of the Korean War Set on 22 acres directly across the reflecting pool from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial the 20 million memorial was paid for largely with private donations and is a dramatic blend of granite steel water and landscaping The dominant element of the memorial is a column of 19 larger-than-life stainless steel statues These American service members trudging up a hill towards their flag which I believe represents their overwhelming need to go home Frank Gaylord sculpted the nineteen stainless steel statues which are approximately seven feet tall and represent an ethnic cross section of America The advance party has 14 Army 3 Marine 1 Navy and 1 Air Force members The statues stand in patches of Juniper bushes and are separated by polished granite strips which give a semblance of the rice paddies of Korea The troops wear ponchos covering their weapons and equipment The ponchos appear to be blowing due to the cold winds and when I visited on a warm summers day it managed to send shiver down my spine While they are supposed to be a lone military unit trudging through the marsh nonetheless the distance between each statue provides feelings personal seclusion and maybe even abandonment Abandonment by their government compounded by the wanton need to go home Supposedly the soldiers represent a number of different ethnic backgrounds However I was too caught up in the moment to notice I was more awestruck by the haunted expressions on their faces Each solider has a personality Some appear to be focused and intense others look to be nervous and scared while some actually appear to
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