Friday, July 27, 2007

Art at the State Capitol - Korean War Memorial

On July 27, 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed at Panmunjom. On July 27th, 1995, President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam together dedicated the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. So, today, we highlight the Korean War Memorial which is located on the west end of the State Capitol grounds along Richards Street. It is combined with the state's Vietnam War Memorial.


The two memorials are made of polished black granite arranged in a serpentine wall, about 6 ft. high and nearly 100 ft. long. The wall contains individual squares on which are engraved the names of veterans who died during each war. The names are listed chronologically by year.



The memorials are graced by two poems:


Korea:
Long ago, far off,
We fell in fields of honor.
Remember us now.


Vietnam:
Grieve not for lost youth.
Graved in memory and stone
we dwell in your dreams.

1 comment:

Globcom said...

I'm really proud and surprised how beautiful the art at the State Capitol looks. It's amazing, completely amazing how South Korean president and Bill Clinton by those times made a memorial day in state of the Vietnam War and the Korean War Veterans. It's awesome.

Ninie


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