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Published on: Monday, June 13, 2022

Korean War Memorial Contemplative Bench 

The Korean War Contemplative Bench

Section 48

On July 27, 1987, the Korean War Veterans Association and the veterans' services organization No Greater Love dedicated the Korean War Memorial Contemplative Bench in a ceremony attended by Korean War veterans, South Korea's ambassador, the secretary of Veterans Affairs and the founder and president of No Greater Love. The bench is located on the north side of Memorial Amphitheater, next to trees donated by South Korea (a Korean white pine tree, dedicated by President Roh Tae Woo in 1989, and a Korean mountain ash). 

The bench's 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 Tribute July 27, 1987

Given by No Greater Love and the Korean War Veterans Association