ARLINGTON, Va. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Anyone from around the globe can now experience the larger than life statues of military service members at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Korean War Veterans Memorial Virtual Walking Tour is the first War Memorial to be made available to Veterans and the public electronically by the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee. The virtual walking tour, a Korean War Wiki, a Korean War E-encyclopedia, oral histories of Korean War Veterans, and other resource materials about the Korean War can all be accessed using an iPhone, Android, iPad, or other mobile devices.
“Korean War Veterans and individuals who want to learn more about the Korean War can now access a wealth of information including videos electronically regardless if they are at home on a desktop computer or traveling with a smart phone or another mobile device,” said LTC Tim Washington, Administrative Director of the Committee. “We want Veterans, and in particular young people, to take advantage of all of the electronic resources that are now at their fingertips.”
The Korean War Wiki is an interactive site where Veterans, their families and others can visit to share stories, leave messages of thanks, and remember those who have passed. The E-encyclopedia gives individuals the ability to research topics such as the Chosin Reservoir battle, information about women in the Korean War, the first use of jet fighters in combat, the integration of the military during the War, medical advances, and other information. Video oral histories with Korean War Veterans speaking about what they experienced during the War are available with other resources including graphic novels, E-books, and the virtual tour of the Korean War Memorial.
“The Korean War Veterans Memorial Virtual Walking Tour provides a visitor the ability to move 360 degrees around the Memorial and view the large statues from a variety of vantage points and the wall with the names of the Allied Nations that fought in the War,” said LTC Washington. “There is also a video of the Memorial from the capstone event held in July, in addition to the virtual tour.”
On July 27, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Special Envoy and Chairman of the Republic of Korea Political Committee, Kim Jung Hun and other officials placed a wreath at the Korean War Veterans Memorial to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Korean War during a special program to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice.
To access the Korean War Memorial Virtual Tour and other electronic products, see the links below.
The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee has honored and thanked thousands of Veterans of the Korean War, their families and especially those who lost loved ones in that war. Over the past three years, the Committee honored the service and sacrifice of Korean War Veterans, commemorated the key events of the war, and educated Americans of all ages about the historical significance of the Korean War. For more information, visit www.koreanwar60.com.