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The Korean War Veterans Monument in Ankara, Turkey.
The memorial in Ankara - called “The Garden of Korea” (Kore Bahcesi in Turkish) - occupies about two
acres in the center of the city. The monument in this “Garden” is a four-story edifice of yellowish stone, a
gift of the Korean Government to the people of the Turkish Republic. Its oriental style is dignified and
solemn-looking, perfect for a monument to the war fought in Korea.
The sarcophagus on the monument’s first
floor represents the grave of a Turkish soldier fallen in Korea. We must remind ourselves that Muslim
tradition requires burial soon after death, and that the Turkish GIs (Memetciks as Turks call them) lie in
the UN Cemetery in Pusan, South Korea.