Robert Antonelli, Jr.
Phase I of the Korean War Memorial on Worcester Center Boulevard near Washington Station honors the 191 young soldiers from Worcester County who made the supreme sacrifice in the Korean War. A polished black granite wall is inscribed with the soldier's names. Thousands of people attended the dedication ceremony on November 9, 2003, which was the culmination of an effort that spanned decades.
Phase II of construction included bronze heroic statues of a Korea era American GI and a Korean child, representing the 100,000 orphans saved by the soldiers during and after the war. The child also symbolizes bright prospects for the future of Korea. In addition, Phase II included educational signs, additional flagpoles and a new Walkway of Honor situated in a tree-lined setting. The new walkway includes memorial bricks inscribed with the names of Massachusetts' fallen war heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf, as well as six American news correspondents who died in Iraq and Pakistan.