Image:The Korean War Veterans Memorial
The Korean War Veterans Memorial

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Establishment and Dedication

On October 28, 1986, Congress authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor members of the U.S. armed forces who served in the Korean War. The Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to recommend a site and design, and to raise construction funds. Ground was broken in November 1993. Frank Gaylord was chosen as the principal sculptor of the statues and Louis Nelson was selected to create the mural of etched faces on the wall. On July 27, 1995, the 42nd anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War, the memorial was dedicated by President William J. Clinton and Kim Young Sam, President of the Republic of Korea. 

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Image: The Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall
 

Image: The KWVM: Another View

Visiting the Memorial

The memorial is staffed from 8 a.m. to midnight every day except December 25 by park rangers who are available to answer questions and give talks. A bookstore in the nearby Lincoln Memorial sells informational items relating to both the memorial and the Korean War. 

 The Korean War Veterans Memorial is part of the National Park System, one of more than 370 parks representing our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Address inquiries to: Superintendent, National Capital Parks-Central, 900 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024-2000. 

 

More information about the Korean War Veterans Memorial can be found at the National Park Service web site at
http://www.nps.gov/kwvm/index2.htm
        
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