Construction on State Korean War Memorial to Begin in March

FEBRUARY 12, 2007 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Construction on the Arkansas Korean War Veterans Memorial is expected to begin next month. Members of the memorial foundation met with delegates from South Korea's Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs this weekend to discuss progress on the project.

The memorial is expected to cost about $512,000. Most of the funds will come from South Korea or the Korean sister city of Little Rock, Hanam City.

The memorial will be built at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, and should be completed in time for a grand opening ceremony June 25th.

It will include an octagonal plaza and statues representing soldiers, medics and Korean children. The names of all Arkansans killed in the war, about 460, will be placed on a commemorative wall surrounding the statues.

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