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The Florida Korean War memorial is striking and unusual. Located within a quiet park, a walkway leads the visitor to a plaza that surrounds a circle of red marble that sits vertically on its edge and around which are inscribed the words “Duty, Honor, Country”. The circle represents the purity of the Circle of Life, but the top is broken and the missing piece of the circle lies nearby with the word “Life” inscribed upon it. On the fragment are inscribed the names of the 538 Floridians who died while serving in Korea. Standing inside the upright circle is a simple military commemoration of a fallen comrade, a pair of boots with the rifle embedded tip down and the empty helmet resting on the butt of the rifle. The circle is surrounded by rough cut pieces of the same marble on which are roughly etched the names of key battle in the War and the entire floor of the plaza contains a map of the Korean Peninsula and a timeline of events.

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