The Wall of Remembrance

The KOREAN WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION (KWVMF) and the KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION (KWVA) are promoting legislation (H.R. 1475) in the 114th Congress to add a 'WALL OF REMEMBRANCE' to augment the 'POOL OF REMEMBRANCE'.

We are asking for your support to help us persuade Members of Congress to sign on as co-sponsors to H.R. 1475 to make this Wall of Remembrance a reality.   H.R. 1475 was introduced by Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX-3) together with Congressmen Rangel (D-NY-13) and Conyers, Jr (D-MI-13) on March 19, 2014 and is referenced as the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act of 2015

H.R. 1475, authorizes a Wall of Remembrance as part of the previously authorized Korean War Veterans Memorial to include, in regards to the Korean War: (1) a list by name of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who were killed in action; (2) the number of members who were wounded, listed as missing in action, or prisoners of war; and (3) the number of members of the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, and the other nations of the United Nations (U.N.) Command who were killed, wounded, missing, or prisoners.  H.R. 1475 has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources where it is awaiting further action.  The funding of this Wall of Remembrance will be by private donations; no public funds would be required.

The precursor of this legislation was H.R. 318 (in the 113th Congress) which gained 70 co-sponsors, but failed to be brought to the floor of the US House of Representatives for a vote.  On June 10, 2014, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a legislative hearing on H.R. 318. But no further action was been taken by that Subcommittee; and in the 112th Congress, the bill was known as H.R. 2563.

Please contact your Member of Congress (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/) and ask them to become a co-sponsor to H.R. 1475 to honor, by name 36,574 US soldiers killed in the "Forgotten" War, as well as honor by number those still missing in action (MIAs), POWs, and KATUSAS. The glass Wall would also provide the opportunity to recognize the 20 United Nations who assisted to keep a nation free from Communism.

The intent and specific wording of PL 99-572 which authorized the Korean War Veterans Memorial. stated in part:".....to  honor those members of the United States Armed Forces who served  in  the  Korean War, particularly those who were killed in action, are still  missing  in  action, or  were  held  as  prisoners  of  war."  While that message is present in a subliminal sense as was intended by the Pool of Remembrance - sadly, that message is not conveyed to those who visit the Memorial.  Nowhere in our Nation is the extent of the ultimate sacrifice of our Soldiery fully presented, nor that of the 103,284 of their comrades who were wounded in action. And their memorial fails to prominently convey the extent of their sacrifice in obedience to the credo that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

During the  design development stage by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Advisory Board attempts  were made to incorporate a means of  listing U.S. Killed In Action (KIA) by name; and by number the Korean Augmentation To United States Army (KATUSA); Republic of Korea (ROK); and United Nations Killed In Action (UN KIA) and, by number all Wounded In Action (WIA), Missing In Action (MIA) and Prisoners of War (POW).  For a variety of reasons, this concept was denied.

The final approved design hoped for a subliminal message to honor the fallen as discussed above. If  visitors do see the figures they do not convey the reality of almost 1000 dead and 3000 wounded month after month for 36 months of direct combat. What catches their eye is 'FREEDOM IS NOT FREE' but they miss relating that to the human cost!  

To fulfill the specific requirements and intent of PL 99-572 it is proposed to erect a laminated glass wall encircling the rear 180 degrees of the Pool of Remembrance. The Wall, being of glass, will not interfere with the panorama of the Mall to those transiting the circumference of the Wall, and will also give a sense of closure to the Memorial.

114TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. R. 1475

Toauthorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial andto allow certain private contributions to fund that Wall of Remembrance.

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MARCH 19, 2015

Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas (for himself, Mr. RANGEL, and Mr. CONYERS)introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on NaturalResources

 

A BILL

Toauthorize a Wall of Remembrance as part of the Korean War Veterans Memorial andto allow certain private contributions to fund that Wall of Remembrance.

 

            Be it enacted by the Senate andHouse of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

 

            ThisAct may be cited as the ‘‘Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Actof 2015’’.

 

 SEC. 2. WALL OF REMEMBRANCE.

 

            Section1 of the Act titled ‘‘An Act to authorize the erection of a memorial on FederalLand in the District  of Columbia and itsenvirons to honor members of the Armed Forces of the United States who servedin the Korean War”, approved October 25, 1986 (Public Law 99– 572), is amendedby adding at the end the following:

‘‘Suchmemorial shall include a Wall of Remembrance, which shall be constructedwithout the use of Federal funds. The American Battle Monuments Commissionshall request and consider design recommendations from the Korean War VeteransMemorial Foundation, Inc. for the establishment of the Wall of Remembrance. TheWall of Remembrance shall include—

            ‘‘(1)a list by name of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who werekilled in action in the Korean War;

             ‘‘(2) the number of members of the ArmedForces of the United States who, in regards to the Korean War—

                         ‘‘(A) were wounded in action;

                         ‘‘(B) are listed as missing in action; or

                         ‘‘(C) were prisoners of war; and

             ‘‘(3) the number of members of the KoreanAugmentation to the United States Army, the Republic of Korea Armed Forces, andthe other nations of the United Nations Command who, in regards to the KoreanWar—

                         ‘‘(A) were killed in action;

                         ‘‘(B) were wounded in action;

                         ‘‘(C) are listed as missing in action; or

                         ‘‘(D) were prisoners of war.’’

 

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