Freedom Is Not Free- Memorial Day, 2012

I thought with Memorial Day in the US right around the corner, this might be very timely. Last month, I visited the Worcester County Korean War Memorial in Worcester, MA. As I was at the dedication in 2007, I have wanted to return to this beautiful, moving statue, showing a protective, stoic Army soldier, with a sweet, proud little Korean boy standing side by side with him. It is very hard not to be moved to tears, as it shows strength and courage in what truly was a brutal bloodbath of a war. Yet, beautiful stories came out of it, such as US soldiers feeding and protecting orphaned children.

Remembering them, these were taken with my FE-2, 105mm f/2.5, 50mm f/1.8, and Kodak Tri-X. Never forget. Enjoy your Memorial Day.

From http://www.kwmworcester.org/index.asp :

The Worcester County Korean War Memorial on Foster Street (formerly Worcester Center Boulevard), Worcester, honors the 191 young soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in the Korean War. This phase of the memorial was dedicated on November 9, 2003. Thousands of people attended the ceremony, which was the culmination of an effort that spanned decades.

Phase II construction completed the memorial and a final dedication was held on October 20, 2007. Phase II includes educational signs, additional flagpoles and a new Walkway of Honor situated in a park-like, tree-lined setting. It also includes Heroic-sized statues of a Korean War American soldier and a Korean child, representing the 100,000 orphans helped by the GIs during the war and symbolizes the hope and bright prospects for Korea’s future. Plus, the new Walkway of Honor includes bricks for fallen heroes of Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Somalia and Philippines, as well as American ex-POWs. Bricks are also inscribed for six American news correspondents who died in Iraq and Pakistan.

For Information or to make a donation to the Memorial call Toll Free 1-800-343-0939, ext. 0234.

Standing side by side, St. Vincent's Hospital in the background.

Standing side by side, St. Vincent’s Hospital in the background.

The little boy is so strong and proud.

The little boy is so strong and proud.

Side profile- the statue truly is lifesized.

Side profile- the statue truly is life-sized.

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