Many of you, our donors and supporters, may not be able to visit the Korean War Memorial for one reason or another: time, distance, health, or other issues. With that in mind, the following is a brief photographic tour that will provide you with a glimpse of what your generosity has helped create.
The Memorial is in San Francisco’s Presidio, once a renowned U.S. Army base and now a stunningly beautiful National Park. The Memorial stands adjacent to the San Francisco National Cemetery, at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Sheridan Avenue, with breathtaking views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean.
Two walls flank the main Memorial entrance on Sheridan Avenue.
On the inner side of the entrance walls is an inscribed black granite panel acknowledging the generosity of the major donors, without whose support this Memorial would not exist. First and foremost are our two eminent partners in this endeavor, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Presidio Trust.
Nearby interpretive displays provide context, in words, photos, and maps, on the circumstances that led up to the Korean War, the major military and political developments, and the outcome.
The visitor then enters the Memorial Plaza, a large oval space framed by a backdrop of trees, shrubbery, and flowering plants. On the right, facing west toward Korea, is a long, gently curving wall, approximately ten feet high, made of polished black granite. The wall consists of a series of panels laser-etched with iconic images from the war and descriptive text.
In the center of the plaza is a circular bench enclosing a planter. The planter contains several young Korean pine trees surrounded by stones from key battle sites of the war, each identified by a small metal plaque.
On the outer perimeter of the Memorial, facing Lincoln Boulevard, is a low commemorative wall. Here is where Korean War veterans, their families and survivors, and other donors and supporters have commissioned six hundred inscribed tiles and dozens of bronze plaques in honor of those who served and sacrificed.
*(NOTE: The addition of a limited number of tiles has recently been authorized by the Presidio Trust. Please see our announcement for full details.
￼We hope that this “tour” has provided you with some idea of the visual and emotional impact of the Korean War Memorial. We also hope that all of you may someday have the opportunity to visit and experience it first-hand. In the meantime, if you would like a free brochure describing the origins of the Memorial and our future plans, please contact us at (415) 817-1858 or firstname.lastname@example.org