A Time to Remember THE KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL

July 27, 1995|By Kerry diGrazia

* The Korean War Veterans Memorial will be dedicated in Washington today, the 42nd anniversary of the Korean Armistice. The dedication will highlight a week of events to honor veterans of the war (1950-1953). Today's events will begin at 10 a.m. with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

* The memorial consists of 19 statues, each more than 7 feet tall and weighing about 1,000 pounds. All services that fought in the war on foot are represented: 14 Army, three Marines, one Navy medic and one Air Force forward observer.

* The polished granite wall, 164 feet long and 8 feet thick, features 2,500 images representing the land, sea and air troops who supported those who fought the war on foot.

* The memorial will be dedicated at 3 p.m. today on the National Mall down from the Lincoln Memorial and across the Reflecting Pool from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. President Clinton and President Kim Young Sam of South Korea will participate, and ambassadors from all 21 countries that supported the United Nations resolution opposing North Korea's invasion will attend.

* The memorial will open to the public for the first time at 4 p.m. today and will remain open 24 hours a day.

* The Korean War Veterans Joint Gala, a concert featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Judy Collins and others, will begin at 8 p.m. on the Mall, and will be followed at 10 p.m. by a fireworks display. Robert Ericson -- the bugler who played in Korea at the time of the armistice -- will close with taps.

* The first dedication event took place yesterday with the opening of Tent City on the Mall, a collection of Korean War veteran services groups, unit associations, government agencies and informational displays. Tent City will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

* Tent City will feature entertainment each day, including military bands, Korean folk music and Korean War veteran entertainers.

* There will be no parking on the Mall and limited parking nearby. Visitors are urged to leave cars at home and use public transportation or park in RFK Stadium's parking lot (Lot No. 3 for cars and Lot No. 8 for buses) and take the Metro to the Mall (Smithsonian stop). For directions to RFK Stadium call (202) 547-9077.

* For information regarding the events call (202) 466-9621.

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