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To remember those who fought in the Korean War, The United States Congress approved a Korean War Memorial to be constructed in the National Mall. The memorial has several interesting aspects to it including the “Field Of Service” which has 19, larger-than-life-size stainless steel statues of servicemen from all four of the armed forces. The men appear to be a squad on patrol and are dressed in full combat gear.
A granite wall right next to the field features sandblasted images of soldiers in the war on one side and the names of the countries that provided medical support, troops or other aid to South Korea on the other side. The pool of remembrance is especially moving with inscriptions that list the total number of those who were lost, killed, missing in action and held as prisoners of war. The simple message “Freedom is Not Free” is inscribed on a plaque and conveys the message of the true cost of war.