President Bush, saying it was time to remember veterans of "The Forgotten War," unveiled the winning design for a Korean War Veterans Memorial.
In a sun-drenched Flag Day ceremony Wednesday in the White House Rose Garden, Bush told scores of veterans that the $6 million memorial, expected to be built within two years, would be "a lasting tribute" to their fight for freedom.Selected from 543 entries, the winning design was developed by four professors of architecture at Penn State University. It is highlighted by 38 statues depicting an infantry platoon moving down a path toward a U.S. flag.
On Oct. 28, 1986, President Reagan signed a measure authorizing a monument and last fall Congress selected a site - on the city's mall, across the reflecting pool from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean monument is to be built exclusively with private contributions. To date, about $3.2 million has been raised.