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FLORIDA KOREAN WAR MEMORIAL DEDICATION
|Florida's Korean War Memorial in Tallahassee was dedicated on December 11, 1999, with members of the 13th Bomb Squadron Association prominently in attendance. |
The Korean War Memorial symbolically represents the celebration of life through Florida's participants who died during the war. The entrance to the memorial meanders through the existing trees in Cascade Park and provides an approach where one will catch glimpses of the memorial area through the trees. The key is to reveal the memorial in small pieces of frames, but refrain from disclosing the entire memorial until the visitor has fully arrived. At the terminus of the approach, one crosses a threshold marked distinctly by a change in walking surface.
|Upon arrival the visitor will see a large sculptural element at the center of the memorial plaza. This is the focal point of the memorial. The element is a large broken circle which represents the "Circle of Life." The broken portion from the top is embedded in the ground. This broken fragment carries with it the names of the fallen soldiers. |
The names of those killed in action are etched on the inside of the piece which once completed the "Circle of Life". The main purpose of the memorial is to represent those who have fallen and show that the Korean War has interrupted the lives of all involved, including family, friends and soldier. This interruption has left an indelible mark, good or bad, on our history. A mark (a break in time) which will never be replaced -- a point in history.
The visitor also finds a large map of Korea located on the floor of the memorial. The map is divided into two parts by the "Circle of Life" element. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) shown on the map guided the placement of the "Circle of Life". The map also has markers showing the location of major battles during the Korean War.
|The final major component is the timeline. Upon entry the visitor walks counterclockwise around the outer edge of the memorial to experience a timeline that chronicles the War. Vertical granite markers are located along the timeline with the names of the major battles etched into the marker. Placement of the markers around the memorial are in relation to the time of the occurrences named. |
|13th men in the photo at the Memorial dedication are Carl Flexer (holding Oscar), Al Netzer, John Adams, Bob Festa. 2nd row -- Charles Hinton, Don Mathews, Fred Bunnell, James Teasley and Perry Nuhn. Also present but not in the picture: Jake Philhower and Vic Reneau. |
| Pictured with Florida Governor Jeb Bush are Don and Mary Mathews. |
|Perry Nuhn always manages to be pictured with Florida's Governor, here with Governor Bush wearing the 13th hat. It is worth noting that Governor Bush left wearing our hat. |
|The 13th men were in prominent attendance also at the Ground Breaking ceremony for the Memorial on December 2nd, 1998. Here Perry shakes hands with Governor Chiles in front of our Oscar flag. Charles Hinton behind the flag completes the picture. Gov. Chiles died ten days after this picture was taken. |
(The memorial is not entirely complete. In the center of the circle, protruding through the top, will be the field burial marker. This will be a sculpture depicting a rifle forced into the earth decorated by the helmet and boots of the soldier mortally wounded as a result of combat. Representing the war, the burial marker penetrates through the "Circle of Life", breaking it. Also not yet installed are the lights for the Memorial)
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