Korea memorial OK'd despite protests

November 09, 1990|By Cox News Service

WASHINGTON -- A federal review commission approved an altered Korean War Veterans Memorial yesterday despite protests from the designers that their original concept has been changed to glorify war.

The National Capital Memorial Commission approved changing the original design -- which depicted a column of war-weary soldiers trudging along a ridge toward an American flag -- to a design showing soldiers in battle poses.

Robert Sokolove, an attorney representing the Pennsylvania architects who won the national competition, said the new figures resembled GI Joe dolls.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board endorsed the change, saying it "celebrates the courage of the men and women" who fought in Korea.

The alterations must still be approved by the Commission on Fine Arts and the American Battle Monuments Commission.

The Korean War memorial is scheduled to be dedicated July 27, 1993, the 40th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending the 1950-1953 conflict in which 54,000 Americans died.

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