Korean War Contemplative Bench

Korean War Contemplative Bench

An Army wreath ceremony was conducted July 27, 1987 for the Korean War Veterans Association and the Canadian Colonel Schmidtman, Deputy Commander, Military District of Washington. The wreaths were placed by His Excellency Kyung-Won Kim, Korean Ambassador; Kap Chong Chi, Chairman, United Nations Korean War Allied Association; and Mr. Bill Norris, Founder and President, Korean War Veterans Association. The Canadian wreath was placed by four Korean War Veterans.

The Memorial Service and Bench Dedication Ceremony followed the wreath ceremony. The ceremony was sponsored by No Greater Love. Speakers included: Korean War Veterans, the Korean Ambassador, Administrator of Veterans Affairs Mr. Thomas K. Turnage, and Ms. Carmella LaSpada, Founder and President of No Greater Love. The No Greater Love Children's Choir sang. About five hundred people attended the hour-long ceremony near the bench. About fifteen press members covered the event.

The Korean War Bench is located on the north side of the Memorial Amphitheater beside the Korean White Pine tree donated by President Kim of Korea in 1965. The pine tree was replaced by President Roh Tae Woo on October 17, 1989. A Korean Mountain Ash was planted behind the bench on June 15, 1989.

The bench inscription reads:

'The Beginning of the End of War Lies in Remembrance' Herman Wouk

In sacred memory of those Americans
who gave their lives during the Korean War. 1950-1953
54,246 Died   8,177 Missing in Action   389 Unaccounted for POWS
First International Tribution. July 27, 1987

Given by No Greater Love and the Korean War Veterans Association