The Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance
On July 27, 2022, the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall will have a new focal point — a remembrance wall featuring the names of more than 36,000 Americans who died supporting the War and over 7,100 Koreans who died while augmenting the Army. Their names will be organized by rank and respective branch of service, demonstrating how the War’s burden fell unevenly across the military.
BREAKDOWN OF NAMES
United States Army
United States Marine Corps
United States Navy
United States Air Force
TOTAL US CASUALTIES
TOTAL ROK CASUALTIES
COMBINED CAUSALITY COUNT
In March of 2021, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation and The National Park Service started construction on the Wall of Remembrance and overall rehabilitation of the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
The sloped, granite Wall of Remembrance will encircle the existing Pool of Remembrance, complementing the original design of the Memorial. The circular plaza around the Pool of Remembrance will be extended to accommodate the wall. Two new pedestrian paths will provide access to the Memorial from Ash Road and Independence Avenue.
During the construction of the Wall of Remembrance, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation will also rehabilitate the 25-year-old Memorial. Crews will:
- Repair pavement
- Replace the engraved names of participating countries and casualty figures with stainless steel letters
- Refinish the stainless-steel statues
- Replace the linden trees around the Pool of Remembrance
- Replace the juniper trees in the Field of Service
- Update the existing lighting with high-efficiency LED lamps
- Wall of Remembrance Act
- Design Approval
- Construction of the Wall
- Dedication Ceremony
Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act
On October 7, 2016, Congress enacted the “Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act’’ (Public Law 114–230). This legislation authorized the KWVMF to construct a Wall of Remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The Act required that the wall include a list of names of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who died in the Korean War, as determined by the Secretary of Defense. The Wall of Remembrance will also include other information about the Korean War, including the number of members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Korean Augmentation to the United States Army, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, and the other nations of the United Nations Command who, in regards to the Korean War— (A) were killed in action; (B) were wounded in action; (C) are listed as missing in action; or (D) were prisoners of War.
In order to reduce impacts to the Memorial and the National Mall, the preferred design concept has a minimal approach. The design consisted of adding a low angled wall integrated into the landscape surrounding the original Memorial; expanding the circular plaza outside the two rows of linden trees by nine feet to provide circulation around the new curvilinear wall; raising the existing berm from the surrounding landscape from four to ten percent to conceal most of the wall and maintain reciprocal views of the Memorial and the National Mall; providing two new pedestrian paths to connect the Pool of Remembrance to Ash Road and Independence Avenue, and rehabilitating the existing Memorial.
Through the generous donations of the American and Korean people, the necessary funding of $22 million for the construction costs of the Wall of Remembrance has been raised.
On Friday, May 21, 2021, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation (KWVMF) hosted the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Groundbreaking Ceremony & Broadcast. The groundbreaking marked the completion of years-long fundraising to for the construction.
The opening segment of the virtual broadcast included live and pre-taped interviews with Korean War Veterans, dignitary welcome messages, and a history of the Memorial and the Wall of Remembrance.
Speakers and Dignitaries In Attendance:
- General John H Tilelli, Jr., U.S. Retired, Chairman of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, (Host)
- President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea
- The Honorable Lee Soo-Hyuc, Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States of America
- Governor Larry Hogan & First Lady Yumi Hogan, State of Maryland
- The Honorable Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense, United States of America
- The Honorable Hwang Ki-chul, Minister to Ministry of Patriot and Veterans Affairs, Republic of Korea
- Mr. Kelly K. Mckeague, Director, Department of Defense POW/MIA’s Accountability Agency, United States of America
- Ms. Shannon Estenoz, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and National Parks, U.S. Department of the Interior
Construction Time-Lapse Video
April 24, 2021 – June 1, 2022
United States Army Band, Pershing’s Own. “Armed Forces Medley”
Completion of the Wall of Remembrance and restoration of the Memorial is scheduled to be completed by early summer 2022.
Wall of Remembrance Dedication Ceremony
On July 27, 2022, the Wall of Remembrance will become the permanent home to the names of over 36,000 American servicemen and 7,100 Korean Augmentation to the United States Army (KATUSA) who gave their lives defending the people of South Korea.
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Wall of Remembrance Build & Memorial Restoration Progress
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