THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL IS AMONG THE MOST VISITED PLACES IN WASHINGTON, DC. THE SOLDIER SCULPTURES AT THE MEMORIAL SEEM LIKE THEY ARE ALIVE.
Washington, DC, the capital city of the USA, houses many symbolic memorials; however, the Korean War Veterans Memorial has a special meaning for the Turkish people. The memorial is located along the south side of the Reflecting Pool in the US National Park Service zone.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is among the most visited places in Washington, DC. Dominated by the colors of black, grey, and white, the memorial is very close to the Lincoln Memorial.
In memory of 1.5 million soldiers
The memorial had been built in memory of the 1.5 million soldiers who had served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953. Many Turkish soldiers existed among those soldiers. The soldier sculptures that you can stand next to them seem like they are alive. They almost take you to the Korean War with their uniforms and rifles.
Along with 19 soldier sculptures, military archive photos of the aid units are exhibited on the grey granite walls. The faces of two thousand four hundred nameless soldiers are symbolized on those granite walls next to inscriptions. Seven hundred and forty one Turkish soldiers had died during this war that Turkey had played an active role.
The names of the UN member countries that participated in the Korean War including Turkey are placed on the lowered black granite, located on the left of the road that connects to the memorial.