Monday, May 11, 2009

Florida Korean War Memorial

 
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Located in Cascade Park near downtown Tallahassee, the Korean War Memorial features a large vertical circle representing the "Circle of Life." The top of the circle is broken, signaling the war's interruption. You can partially see the broken fragment that would complete the circle lying behind it on the left. The names of those killed in action from Florida during the war are etched on the inside of the broken fragment which once completed the circle. Tomorrow I will show you a close-up of the broken fragment. There is a large map of Korea located on the ground of the memorial. The map is divided into two parts by the "Circle of Life". The Demilitarized Zone shown on the map is what guided the placement of the circle. There is also a timeline along the outer edge of the memorial chronicling the Korean War. Along the timeline are rough-hewn markers that give a brief story of the war and its major battles. Markers are placed in relation to the time of the occurrence. This memorial was dedicated on December 11, 1999.

16 comments:

JM said...

Wonderful memorial! I really like the broken circle.

Abe Lincoln said...

I remember those war years. I was president of my class in high school when I quit school and joined the Army to fight in Korea and in spite of all of that, I ended up being stationed in Japan. Then, later, I became a teacher and had to go back to school to get my diploma. So these wars the politicians come up with have many different ways to ruin lives. From the recruiting posters to the glory of war movies, the youth of this nation, like me, are or were sent off to glory and for some a lifetime of ruin or worse death. I have since learned it doesn't work that way.

It is a beautiful memorial. It is a huge shame it has to have been created. My nephew, Gordon Lee, is on the big memorial in Washington, D. C. as he was killed in Vietnam. He would probably be a grandpa like me if he had not gone to Vietnam.

Paul said...

I am always moved by memorials to the young men (mostly) who at the behest of older men (mostly) went off to a land they had perhaps never heard. I was young, served and came home and I always pause for a few moments at any memorial and there are many here in England.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Lois, very informative!
Kind Regards
Léia

Clueless in Boston said...

Beautiful monument. I like the design of it.

Jacob said...

What a fine memorial! Korea has been mostly forgotten, I think. It was just a bit too young; went into the Navy right after Korea. But it was a tough time for everyone concerned.

Darla said...

Very nice Lois.

frenchie4moi said...

God Bless our Vets! I hope you had a nice Mother's Day yesterday Lois.

Beth Niquette said...

My Grandfather fought in WW1. Dad fought in WW2. Uncle Jody fought in Vietnam. Uncle Kelly fought in the Korean war, as did Papa Bob.

These were brave men. They never spoke much of their experiences, but one knew they had marked these men for life.

Of all these wonderful men, Dad is the only one left. He is a grand old hero. When he leaves this world, I will miss my brave and darling Father.

In the meantime I am grateful for the sacrifice of these brave men.

Corker2 said...

What a great tribute to our Fallen from the Korean War. It's always good to remember those who gave all. I look forward to see the broken piece.

There are no members of my Navy family that served during that time. I was only 3 or 4 yrs. old back then and I didn't even know that the conflict was going on. I learned about it in future years. Vietnam was my generation. Another "Police Action" like Korea.

Great Post, Lois

Tricia said...

It sounds like someone really must have had their thinking cap on for this memorial - It's awesome - Very thoughtful!

westondailyphoto said...

awesome shot!!

Lisa Wilson said...

What a nice memorial, very unusual, too.

Cloudia said...

Glad I found this cool blog!
Aloha from Waikiki

Rambling Round said...

Very interesting monument and info about the broken piece.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Salute To The Brave Soldiers ...Thanks For Sharing Such A Gud Picture ...