Korean War Memorial
Oak Ridge Cemetery, 1500 Monument Avenue, Springfield 217/782-2717
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The Korean War State Memorial, honoring 1,748 Illinoisans killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War, was dedicated on June 16, 1996.
The Memorial consists of a twelve-foot-tall bronze bell, with a diameter of twelve feet, mounted on a granite base. At the circumference of the bell are four niches, each with a larger-than-life figure representing a branch of the armed services. Inscribed on the base are the names of Illinoisans killed in Korea. A carillon system in the Memorial plays brief musical programs at regular intervals.
A nearby building houses the carillon controls and lighting systems. The large surrounding lawn provides space for special events. The Memorial is provided with parking facilities for forty-eight vehicles.