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New York Korean War Veterans Memorial
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel, the dividing line between North and South Korea, and invaded South Korea. Within a month, the North Koreans had pushed the South Korean army and supporting U.S. forces to the southernmost tip of the Korean peninsula. In response, the United Nations authorized an army under the command of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), to repulse the North Koreans and re-establish the boundary between the North and South at the 38th parallel. In mid-September, MacArthur staged a daring amphibious landing at the Inchon Peninsula and attacked the North Koreans from behind. The U.N. troops had soon pushed the North Korean army back across the 38th parallel, and were advancing on the Yalu River, the border between North Korea and China.
Fearing invasion, Chinese forces next became involved in the conflict. In November, the Chinese attacked the U.N. forces near the Yalu River, and quickly succeeded in driving them back into South Korea. The
In 1987 the Korean War Veterans Memorial Committee was formed to raise money to build a monument to commemorate the soldiers of the "forgotten war". Mac Adams' winning design, selected from a group of over 100 entries, features a 15-foot-high black granite stele with the shape of a Korean War soldier cut out of the center. Also known as "The Universal Soldier," the figure forms a silhouette that allows viewers to see through the monument to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Adams also designed the piece to function as a sundial; every July 27 at 10 a.m. - the anniversary of the exact moment in New York when hostilities ceased in Korea - the sun shines directly through the soldier's head to illuminate the commemorative plaque installed in the ground near the piece.
Erected 2001 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
Location. 40° 42.245′ N, 74° 1.022′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Battery Place near West Street. Touch for map. Marker is about 300 feet from the intersection, in the direction of Castle Clinton. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norwegian Maritime Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Walloon Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lives of Castle Clinton: (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Wall Discovery History of the Battery Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); History of Pier A (within shouting distance of this marker); Emma Lazarus (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Mariners' Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Categories. • 20th Century • War, Korean •
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