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War Memorials

Washington Korean War Monument

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995, the 42nd Anniversary of the armistice to end the war. Located next to the National Mall in Washington DC, the Memorial brought significant nation-wide attention to the Korean War. The Memorial was built to honor the 5.8 million Americans who served in the War. Located in the Memorial are 19 statues of soldiers from different branches of the military- 14 army, 3 marine, 1 navy, and 1 air force. The statues are located in front of a 164-foot long Mural wall, which includes more than 2400 photos of US troops in the Korean War. Also in the Memorial is a Dedication stone that states “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”

The Supreme Sacrifice Monument

War memorials are also built in other locations in the country, such as the Utah Korean War Memorial in Salt Lake City, UT, which was erected in 2003 to honor the 50th Anniversary of the end of the war. The Memorial was specifically built to honor Utah veterans of the War. Consisting of a wall of honor, it lists all 142 names of those Utahans who died in the war. It was built after the demand from many living veterans and their families that they remember their fallen comrades from the war. Also encrypted in the wall is the saying “Freedom is not free.”