Monday, May 11, 2009
Florida Korean War Memorial
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.