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After a long bus ride and a whirlwind tour of two Smithsonians and the Spy Museum—and a hearty feast at Buca di Beppo—our merry band of wastrels and wine moms headed out on an evening tour of three memorials: the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial.
I first visited the Korean War Memorial on a high school band trip, and found it to be particularly arresting. The fuzzy images of soldiers crossing a battlefield have stuck with me ever since. It’s a testament to the power of a good memorial not only to honor the dead, but to highlight the hardships and tribulations they endured. The Korean War is the “forgotten war” of twentieth-century America, sandwiched as it was between the glory of the Second World War and the ignominy of the Vietnam War.
Apparently, I failed to capture any pictures of the Korean War Memorial (the image above is an addition to the Vietnam War Memorial), likely because I was a.) in quite, reverent awe while passing through the memorial and b.) calling down knuckleheads who ought to know to treat these memorials as quasi-sacred places, memorials worthy of silent dignity and respect.
That apparent lack of understanding of and respect for those who gave their lives was a recurring theme of the evening, and one that would result in some frustration and consternation on the part of yours portly.
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My first husband was Korean War veteran. The problem with Korea was that the government began, and continued to assert, that it was a ‘police action’ (meaning our forces were considered as simply ‘policing’ activity there. Then, the government decided it was a ‘conflict’. The whole mess started in 1948 but our government didn’t declare it a war until 1950.
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Yep. It was a pretty brutal “police action.”
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