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KOREAN  WAR  MEMORIAL

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

Dedicated July 27, 1999

Re-Dedicated July 27, 2001

Korean War Memorial in Pittsburgh, Pa

  
VIDEO OF THE KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL
 

  


FROM THE MEMORIAL ARCHITECT

American 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 look ahead.
    
In Korea, 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. 
  
This 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. 
  
This 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 experience. 
  
It is 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. 

R. Allan Christianson
Memorial Architect
   

  

Korean Flag
at the
memorial

   

IN MEMORY
OF ALL
KOREAN WAR
VETERANS

   

Allegheny River
and the
City of Pittsburgh
in the background

   

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO HONOR THE SPIRIT AND SACRIFICE OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES DURING THE WAR IN KOREA, 1950-1953

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

   

"LEST WE FORGET"

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD, AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN, AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

   

IN REMEMBRANCE OF PRISONERS OF WAR AND THOSE 8,177 STILL MISSING IN ACTION

   

IN HONOR OF ALL WOMEN WHO SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR TO PRESERVE AMERICA'S FREEDOM

   

Korean War Chronology
with PNC Park in
the background

   

Map of Korea
showing locations
and the
38th Parallel

   

General Matthew B. Ridgway

"I cannot conceive that God has given any man a richer, fuller more satisfying life than mine, for it was spent in service with, and for, that finest product of our civilization - the American soldier."

   

Engraved names
on the
memorial wall

   

Side view of
the memorial
looking up the
Allegheny River

   

On the floor
of the memorial
columns of sunlight
articulate aspects
of individual and
shared experience

2,401 Pennsylvanians
sacrificed their lives
in the Korean War.
California was the
only state with
more losses.
   

   

  


Locating the Memorial

The Korean War Memorial is located on North Shore Drive in the city of Pittsburgh, PA, between Heinz Field and PNC Park, on the north shore of the Allegheny River.
  
MAP SEARCHES:
Use 100 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, PA for your destination address when searching maps.
  


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