Located near the banks of the Potomac River in Washington , DC The Korean Veterans Memorial honors the men and women who served in Korean. The black 41 panel wall has over 2400 images of support personnel . The wall is divided into Army , Navy and the Air Force. The images were selected from 15000 images released by the National Archives, Part of the wall has inscribed the slogan “Freedom is not Free”
The number 38 is very important in understanding this memorial. As you walk around the memorial you will see 19 stainless steel statues. The statues represent the different branches of the military, Army , Air Force, Navy and Marines. On a sunny day you can see the reflection on the wall of the 19 statues. If you count the 19 statues and the reflections on the wall you get 38 . The 38th parallel is the demilitarize zone . 38 months is how long the war lasted. Over two million non military were killed.
- The memorial was dedicated on July 27,1995.
- President Bill Clinton dedicated .
- The memorial is a triangular field that intersects a circle.
- The Field of Service has 19 statues of military personel of the different branches of the military.
- The statues are made of stainless steel.
- The 19 statues represent 14 Army soldiers, 3 marines 1 Air force observer and 1 navy medic.
- 54,246 American were killed in the conflict.
- The mural wall was designed by Louis Nelson.
- The mural has over 2400 pictures of men and women who served in Korea.
- Troops suffered casualties due to cold from moving across snow and ice.
- The wall is made from Academy Black Granite.