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Memorial Day

May 22nd, 2013

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Our nation’s soldiers are celebrated heroes, with stories that reach the hearts and minds of the young and old.

Whether you’re a veteran yourself who fought alongside those lost, or a student learning about these wars and battles from the pages of a textbook, memorials help provide additional insight into our country’s history.

With Memorial Day around the corner, we give you three memorials worth visiting to reflect and remember.

1. Korean War Veterans Memorial

Upon arriving, soldiers dressed in stainless steel greet you, set in stances that suggest they’re on their way to something important. Moving through the bushes, they stand alongside walls sandblasted with commemorative images and a shallow Remembrance Pool for reflection.

Constructed in Washington, D.C., and dedicated in 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial honors all those who served in the Korean War. This battle between North and South Korea took place from June 1950 to July 1953.

2. U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Bronze soldiers gather to raise a flagpole in this memorial monument honoring all United States Marine Corps personnel who have lost their lives in duty since 1775.

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial has sat on a pedestal outside the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, since its 1954 dedication. The pedestal base is engraved with the following phrase: “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

3. Gettysburg National Military Park

The Battle of Gettysburg was a significant turning point in the Civil War, as it was the first major defeat suffered by the Confederacy. The battle is remembered at Gettysburg National Military Park, where visitors can tour the battlefield (now speckled with monuments and cannons) and visit the spot where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.

Composed of 5,989 acres of land, the park also provides ample opportunities to hike, bike, horseback ride and more. Visit the official website of the Gettysburg National Military Park for more things to see and do on your trip to the battlefield.

Historic Travel Quick Tip

As you visit these memorials, try to take away one fun fact about the event, person or people the memorial represents—expand your knowledge of our nation’s history!

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