Date published: January 1, 2012
* The Missouri Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Kansas City's Washington Square Park on Sept. 28. Of the 900 Missourians honored, about 100 were from the Kansas City area. Maintained by the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department, the city gave $100,000 and private donors contributed $270,000. The memorial was the brainchild of Korean War vet James Shultz.
* The Liberation Moment is a monument to all American POWs. Dedicated on Sept. 16, it is located at the entrance of the newly opened M i ramar National Cemetery in San Diego. The bronze statue stands 15 feet tall and weighs 7 tons.
* Cracks in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery were finally fixed with specially designed grout in October. The original 30-foot and 16.2-foot cracks were repaired in April 2010. Flaking prompted the extra work.
* Backers of the Mount Soledad Memorial, a 29-foot cross dedicated to Korean War vets in 1954 in La Jolla, Calif., near San Diego, were denied a hearing in October. The 11-member 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to let the full court rule on the decades-old case. Five of the judges dissented, saying that the secular memorial should remain in place.
* Man in the Sea Memorial Monument is an effort under way to erect a tribute to military divers at the original Hard Hat Divers School in the Washington p.C.) Navy Yard. The 10-foot bronze sculpture is estimated to cost $10 million. To learn more, visit www. hspig.org.
* USS Iowa Museum will serve as a permanent tribute to the sailors who served aboard the battleship from WWII through 1989. It will be moored at the Port of Los Angeles. The Pacific Battleship Center has raised $5 million for the museum so far.