"Korean War and my family memories" Top 5 Page for this destination Korean War Veteran's Memorial Tip by matcrazy1
Korean War Veteran's Memorial, Washington D.C.: 6 reviews and 10 photos
Favorite thing: The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates US victims of the Korean War (1950 - 1953) between the United Nations forces and communist regime in North Korea which invided the South Korea. About 1.5 mln American people took a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide.
There is a triangle meadow with very realistic statues of marching US troops. There is a mast with the US national flag and commemorative plaque at the top of the triangle. There is a wall with images of faces of US troops. There is an incription "Freedom is not free" and a pool with number of US and UN victims of the war stated around. My English is too poor to desribe how moving this simple memorial is. Well, I realised again not well-known fact that this war had quite many victims in my country, Poland as well.
Fondest memory: The memorial had to remind me a story of a very close to me relative. He was kept in a very small single prison cell with a little bit natural light and very poor heating in Warsaw, Poland during... 6 winter months in 1950'. He survived and then he was kept in a prison next 2 years till Stalin's death (he worked in coal mines as a prisoner).
Why was he arrested? Well, he was a young soldier in new, so-called Polish (more Soviet in real) army and being on a pass he visited exhibition about the war in Korea in... US embassy (or US Culture Institute ???) in Warsaw. He took one leaflet about this war and - what a recklessnes of a young mind in those hard times - he stored the leaflet in military barracks. Someone disclosed it and denounced him. He was accused first for being imperialistic military spy and when he... pleaded guilty he was accused about something "better" and was sentenced for "only" 5 years in a prison. Hmm... in some (many?) cases the accused were sentenced by so called unfamous "judicial trio" - three people (no judges) loyal to communist authorities and chosen by them. Thanks to Stalin's death my relative was released earlier but never rehabilitated. My relative never ever mentioned about his arrest even to his wife or children till 1989 when Poland regained independance.
More details and pictures in my Things To Do tips # 162 - 166.
Address: Independence Avenue
Directions: Facing towards the Lincoln Memorial, the Koren Memorial is to the left of the reflecting pool.
Phone: (202) 619 7222
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