November 11, 2009

Veteran's Memorials

The most haunting Memorial in DC I find to be... the Korean War Memorial.

I spoke of it to my father today, where he found this picture.

KoreanWarMemorialSnow.jpg

It is haunting to see in the summer... in the winter, I cannot imagine.

For those who have not seen it, the artist sculpted our soldiers in the battlefield. Individually. When I think of it, I still have the feeling of... loneliness inside that I felt when I first saw it.

Go HERE to find a picture of every individual.

May we never forget what our Veterans have given to us... have done for us.

The sacrifices made... since the formation of our Country.

Thank you.

Posted by Boudicca at November 11, 2009 10:05 PM
Comments

yes, and no one ever talks about this memorial. we happened upon it accidentally when we were in DC. It's amazing.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 12, 2009 08:28 AM

Living in the DC area I try to get to the Memorials several times a year, to reflect on how much has been given for me to enjoy what I have. This memorial really puts a personal face to that sentiment. I try to express that when I shoot it, but, I have never been able to fully do it justice. Each sculpture has a story, and together the ... the impact is strong. A perfect monument to feature on Veterans day, as it does not show a tribute to the country (WW2 Memorial) or one man (Lincoln, Washington). This memorial pays tribute to all those who served. All of the men and women to whom we are so much in debt.

http://websphotos.smugmug.com/My-Favorites/Monuments-and-Archetecture/Monuments-and-Archetecture/8006583_RiaoD#224334443_W7E8E


Posted by: Web at November 12, 2009 09:44 AM

there is a war memorial in Seoul that is so moving that upon walking up to it I burst into tears. My mom thought I was nuts standing in the street in Seoul in clothes I'd worn for days (my luggage had been lost) looking like a kugi (a homeless person) and bawling like a baby. My mother lost nearly her entire family during the war because half went to the north and half to the south . . .

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Statue_of_Brothers_(Seoul_War_Memorial).jpg

Posted by: Oddybobo at November 12, 2009 02:43 PM

I meant to add, that it is only through the kindness of American soldiers that my mom is even alive today. . . she remembers falling in love with American soldiers still stationed in Korea who gave her small pieces of candy when she was a child.

Posted by: Oddybobo at November 12, 2009 02:44 PM

I looked it up, and sure enough, they decided to build the Korean war memorial soon after the Vietnam war memorial turned out to be so popular. I think this style of monument will be with us for many years to come.

Before computers it would have been impossible to inscribe all the names; (I assume they do it by sand blasting through computer cut patterns).

Posted by: Carl Brannen at November 12, 2009 10:13 PM

.....I saw that memorial a few years back, Bou, and it was very moving....... very, very moving...... but to see it covered in snow?....... it hearks back to the whole "frozen Chosen" in my mind......... if you havent read the history of those guys, you should........


...... it is a beautiful memorial..... especially in the snow.....

Posted by: Eric at November 12, 2009 10:30 PM

So very moving. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at November 13, 2009 07:08 PM

And on the wall adjacent to the soldiers there are faces like shadows. It really is an amazing site. It is very well done.

Having been a soldier on the DMZ for 5 years, the snow really gives it a feel for me, thanks for the pic, lots of memories flooding back..

PT

Posted by: P'cola Titan at November 13, 2009 08:46 PM

Web- You do beautiful work!!!! I loved looking through them!

Oddy- Wow. That is touching. That's... horrible. Two brothers... heart breaking.

It is an amazing memorial, this one in the US. And in the snow, it reminded me of Korea. It can get so bitterly cold there.

Posted by: Bou at November 14, 2009 09:37 PM