servicemen and women braved violent combat in Korea. The Nation suffered
great losses in the War and spiritual anguish in the aftermath. Friends
parted, lives were uprooted, futures were transformed; many died or were
injured. We now join together to understand, to honor, to heal and to
each serving brought their own experience; their uniqueness, their
dreams into peril. Families confronted loss of loved ones and of future.
With each soldier the nation risked a part of itself. Many thousands,
each with their own signature on life, united for freedom.
Memorial intends to symbolize and express the life spirit of those who
served, directly and indirectly, in the Korean War. It is a reflection,
in part, of just one who served. It is meant to signal remembrance of
the breadth and pulse of their identity. And, it is a marker for the
array of human qualities nurtured by the freedom we protect.
memorial is positioned and shaped to capture sunlight. As the sun
travels the horizon, columns of light articulate, sequentially, aspects
of the human spirit, experience and feeling. Through solid and void,
light and shadow, the sun traces a spectrum of individual and shared
hoped this Memorial will become a welcome place; that it can evoke
memory, emotion and vision through the eyes of each visitor. It is meant
to be very personal.