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Volume 2, Issue 8, May 27, 2017
Memorial Day is a day of ceremonies and special gatherings honoring those men and women who died while serving in any branch of the United States' military. There are several historic battlefields, memorials, and museums throughout this nation that either focus on specific wars or branches of the armed services. The two sites featured in this issue commemorate those who either served in World War I or the Korean War.

Cynthia Collins
Cynthia Collins 

National World War I Museum and Memorial
National World War I Museum and MemorialThe Liberty Memorial Association was formed in Kansas City, MO, after the end of World War I to build a monument to those who served in the war. Financial contributions from the people of Kansas City totaled $2.5 million within 10 days. The site, originally known as the Liberty Memorial, included a towering monument that was completed in 1926 and dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge.
The monument underwent a major restoration beginning in 1998 which included plans to add a state-of-the-art museum to display the WWI-related items. Congress designated it in 2004 as the nation’s official World War I Museum. It opened in 2006 as the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. The name changed again in 2014 to reflect another designation from Congress: The National World War I Museum and Memorial.
The Liberty Memorial Tower, rising 268 feet above the North Lawn, is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can go to the observation deck via a combination of elevator and steps. The museum offers special events for everyone, programs for school children, self-guided audio tours, and group tours. For information on Memorial Day events, please visit the museum’s Memorial Day weekend schedule.

Korean War Veterans Memorial
Korean War Veterans MemorialThe Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. honors the Americans who served in the armed forces during the Korean Conflict. The war lasted three years, from 1950 to 1953, which resulted in 5.8 million Americans serving in some capacity. Out of that total, more than 36,000 died from hostile actions, over 103,000 were wounded, and around 8,200 were considered either missing in action, lost, or buried at sea.
The memorial has 19 larger-than-life size statues designed by sculptor Frank Gaylord that represent the four main branches of the military: Army, Marines, Navy, and Air Force. Each statue is over seven feet tall and is outfitted with a poncho and helmet, and is carrying weapons or equipment used during that time. The statues represent the different ethnic groups of American troops as well as various ranks within the military. The troops are shown marching through the Korean rice paddies depicted by alternating patches of juniper berries with strips of polished granite.
The statues are enhanced by the 164-foot Mural Wall designed by Louis Nelson. More than 2,400 photographs were used to show the branches of the military, troops of various ranks, and equipment that supported the foot soldiers. The Wall has a reflective finish so the 19 statues are visible, making it appear as though there are 38 statues, symbolizing the 38th Parallel.
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Photo credits: National World War I Museum and Memorial: public domain. Korean War Veterans Memorial: courtesy of Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc. Hohenems Palace, Austria: courtesy of Böhringer Friedrich.

All articles in this newsletter are by Cynthia Collins. The featured historic site section contains general information. The other articles may not be reprinted without written permission. Subscriber lists are not sold or given to any third parties and historic sites are not charged for being featured. To suggest historic sites for future issues, request article reprint permission, or any comments/questions regarding this newsletter, please contact Cynthia Collins.
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