At 10am on July 27th, a sundial in Battery Park will pay tribute to the veterans of the Korean War. The Korean War Veterans Memorial, also a sundial, commemorates the official ceasefire declared at that exact time and date in 1953. A functioning sundial, the piece is filled as the sun shines straight down the center of “The Universal Soldier,” illuminating the plaque located at the foot of the statue.
Designed by Welsh artist, Mac Adams, the memorial sits slightly north-west of Fritz Koenig’s “Sphere“, a tribute to 9/11. The 15-foot obelisk of black granite contains a cutout in the shape of a Korean War soldier lit up by the sun and offering views of both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Three tiers support the “The Universal Soldier,” each engraved with the flags of the 22 participating countries while the surrounding circle of pavement are inscribed with the number of soldiers dead, missing and wounded from each country.
New York commemorates the “forgotten war” with two more tributes, the Korean War Veterans Plaza at Cadman Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn and the Korean War Veterans Parkway in Staten Island (re-named in 1997 from Richmond Parkway).