Exploring My City By Foot: Missouri Korean War Memorial

One of my favorite things about running is getting to explore by foot. Wednesday’s run ended up showing me quite a little gem. It was sunny and high-70’s as I trotted down the sidewalk. Feeling warm and thirsty, I turned down a path weaving through a small park to snag a few sips of water from the fountain.

Tucked in this little greenspace between tall buildings, the Korean War Memorial of Missouri greeted me with eerie honor. I stopped to explore the tribute to those lost, feeling grateful for those who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.

“In June of 1950, the United States rushed to the aid of the Republic of South Korea after they came under the attack of communist North Korea. Many thousands of American men and women were called to active duty to assist the effort — barely five years after the conclusion of World War II.”

As I walked through the tunnel-like memorial, reading names and looking at the photographs affixed to the structure, I thought about relatives who’d fought in the war and wondered what it would be like.

After returning to my office, I looked up some facts about this war. “Although in the beginning it was called a “police action,” the war would eventually call over 1,500,000 Americans to serve during the course of the conflict. Before an armistice was signed in July 1953, the lives of nearly 37,000 America soldiers, 3,100 United Nations soldiers and 47,000 Republic of South Korea soldiers were lost. An additional 103,000 Americans were wounded and many still receive medical care in VA Medical Centers across the country. Over 8,000 are still listed as missing in action. Of those who gave their lives to uphold our nation’s freedom and convictions, over 900 were from the state of Missouri, and over 100 were from the Kansas City area.” –

It was really cool to find this little piece of history. I may never have noticed it had I not been exploring by foot. Keep your eyes open next time you go out on a walk or a run. You really don’t know what kinds of neat places you may come across.

Do you enjoy exploring your city? What are some hidden gems you’ve found during a run?


  1. One of my favorite things to do is explore on foot any city or town I’m in. Both the touristy stuff and the things off the beaten path. No better way to get a flavor of the town you’re in.

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