Description - From 1950 to 1953, the United States joined with United Nations forces in Korea to take a stand against what was deemed a threat to democratic nations worldwide. At war's end, a million and a half American veterans returned to a peacetime world of families, homes, and jobs, and to a country long reluctant to view the Korean War as something to memorialize. But to the men and women who served, the Korean War could never be a forgotten war.
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Korean War Memorial
The passing of more than four decades has brought a new perspective to the war and its aftermath. The Korean War Veterans Memorial honors those Americans who answered the call half way around the world; who worked and fought under the trying of circumstances, and those who gave their lives for the cause of freedom.
- June 25, 1950 the 38th Parallel marked the beginning of the Korean War, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in North Korea. Memorializing the war is a grouping of 19 statues of infantry soldiers before a polished granite wall bearing the images of support personnel. It is located southeast of the Lincoln Memorial on Independence Avenue. The memorial was authorized on October 28, 1986 and dedicated on July 27, 1955. It is open from 8 AM to midnight, except Christmas Day.
Recreation - Recreation pursuits include biking and educational programs. Facilities include bookstore, museum and restrooms.
Climate - Washington, D.C. experiences four distinct seasons. Winters can be bitterly cold or pleasantly mild while summers can be miserably hot and humid or agreeably warm. The average January temperature is 37 degrees F (3 degrees C). The average July temperature is 78 degrees F (26 degrees C). Spring and fall are pleasant times of the year to visit the area, temperatures are mild with low humidity.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located southeast of the Lincoln Memorial on Independence Avenue. Parking is extremely scarce; however, it is available on city streets during non-rush hour times (9 AM until 4 PM) during the week. There are two-hour parking lots at the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial. For longer parking periods, there are lots along Ohio Drive near Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.
Interstates 66 and 395 provide access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, Route 50 and 29 provide access from the west. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.