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Korean War Veterans Memorial

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  • Day31

    Feeling presidential.

    August 28, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    My first of many stops in the US brought me to Washington DC. The peaceful walk across the National Mall turned violent when I noticed that I am trying to traverse a city built for cars on foot. I decided to watch a movie in 4DX (and don't want to return to the normal cinema experience ever again), use two days to explore the major sights, and thereby save my strength. Luckily, I was also able to do some research for my State Exam thesis already, i.e. representations of the U.S. Territories such as Guam.Read more

  • Day2

    The Korean War Veterans Memorial

    March 12 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Incredibly moving memorial. Worth visiting.

    The memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War. The War was one of the most hard fought in our history. During its relatively short duration from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, 36,574 Americans died in hostile actions in the Korean War theater. Of these, 8,200 are listed as missing in action or lost or buried at sea. In addition, 103,284 were wounded during the conflict. The Memorial consists of four parts.

    The Statues

    The 19 stainless steel statues were sculpted by Frank Gaylord of Barre, VT and cast by Tallix Foundries of Beacon, NY. They 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 order and symbolize the rice paddies of Korea. The troops wear ponchos covering their weapons and equipment. The ponchos seem to blow in the cold winds of Korea.

    The Mural Wall

    The Mural Wall was designed by Louis Nelson of New York, NY and fabricated by Cold Spring Granite Company, Cold Spring, MN. The muralist, sculptor and architect worked closely to create a two-dimensional work of art adjacent to the three-dimensional statues. The wall consists of 41 panels extending 164 feet. Over 2,400 photographs of the Korean War were obtained from the National Archives. They were enhanced by computer to give a uniform lighting effect and the desired size. The mural, representing those forces supporting the foot soldier, depicts Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard personnel and their equipment. The etchings are arranged to give a wavy appearance in harmony with the layout of the statues. The reflective quality of the Academy Black Granite creates the image of a total of 38 statues, symbolic of the 38th Parallel and the 38 months of the war. When viewed from afar, it also creates the appearance of the mountain ranges of Korea.

    The Pool of Remembrance

    The Memorial has a reflective pool which is at the far terminus of the Memorial site. It encircles the Freedom Is Not Free Wall and Alcove at the base of which are numerically listed the soldiery cost of the war in terms of KIA (Killed in Action), WIA (Wounded in Action), MIA (Missing in Action), and POW (Prisoners of War). The Pool is encircled by a walkway along which benches are located.

    The United Nations Wall

    To the left of the Mural Wall is a walkway on which are engraved markers that list the 22 nations that contributed troops to the United Nations efforts in the Korean War.
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  • Day4

    Korean War Memorial

    December 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Das Korean War Veterans Memorial ist eine Skulpturengruppe in Washington, D.C., die 1995 zu Ehren der Veteranen des Koreakriegs errichtet wurde.
    Es wurde am 27. Juli 1995, dem 42. Jahrestag des Waffenstillstandes, von Präsident Bill Clinton und Kim Young-sam, dem Präsidenten von Südkorea, eröffnet und den Männern und Frauen gewidmet, die während des Krieges gedient hatten.
    Die Figuren stellen eine Squad auf Patrouille dar, in der jede Gattung der Streitkräfte der Vereinigten Staaten vertreten ist: 15 Soldaten der US-Army, 2 Marines des Marine Corps, ein Corpsman der Navy und ein Forward Air Controller der Air Force. Sie tragen volle Kampfausrüstung und stehen zwischen Granitstreifen und Wacholderbüschen, die das raue Gelände Koreas darstellen, verstreut. Im Norden der Statuen befindet sich ein Weg, der eine Seite des Dreiecks bildet. Hinter dem südlichen Weg befindet sich eine 50 Meter lange Wand aus schwarzem Granit die von Louis Nelson Associates entworfen wurde. Auf der Wand befinden sich sandgestrahlte fotografische Darstellungen von Soldaten, Ausrüstungsgegenständen und Menschen, die in den Krieg verwickelt waren.
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