Millions of Americans visit the Vietnam War memorial… each year. A short distance away, mighty columns surround the solemn figure of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can enjoy the scenes (not lately) surrounding the reflecting pool with the Washington monument in the distance. Less than 100 yards away, a lesser known, but undeniably worthy memorial stands – The Korean War Veterans Memorial.
The memorial was authorized by an act of Congress… on October 28, 1986. Ground was broken Flag Day 1992, with construction carried out by the US Army Corps of Engineers. President Bill Clinton and Korean President Kim Young Sam helped dedicate the memorial on the anniversary of the Korean War armistice, July 27, 1995. The Korean War Veterans Advisory Board was involved in every step of the construction process.
Veterans from the United States are honored… as well as the 1.6 million UN troops that were lost during the war. “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” is inscribed as a reminder of the sacrifice Americans troops made. Visitors exit the memorial with the sober reminder, “Freedom is not free”