(From a 1996 Keeping APAce Article by Jug Varner)
Veterans of the Korean War were memorialized in 1995 with a monument near the Lincoln Memorial. It is located across the Washington Mall Reflecting Pool, about 1,000 feet south of the Vietnam Wall.
The larger-than-life bronze platoon, warily ascending a “Korean rise” in search of an elusive enemy, is a realistic and haunting scene — especially to anyone who has been in a combat zone.
And, unlike the Marine Corps' Mount Suribachi flag raising monument that signifies victory at a high cost, those in the Korean War fought and died for no real victory — merely a truce, at best — with little sense of true accomplishment or closure. It was the beginning of U. S. participation in winless wars that has continued over the past half-Century.
The memorial's unusual and realistic setting, its arty granite walls, its bronze tablets that offer surprising facts and figures, its reflection pool, and its meditation fountain area, all combine for a brief history of what our government in the 1950s called “a conflict” instead of a war. For those who fought and died there, it was in truth a war and its memorial is worthy of a visit during your next trip to the nation's capital.