The design process for the international competition began with a look at the conflict within the war itself. In recognizing a conflict without official completion, the memorial attempts to establish closure or homecoming.
The design centered around six granite slabs laid out on a grid. These slabs or walls are inscribed with the names of casualties in the Korean War. The walls double as a frame to the view of a path that emerges from a grove of cherry trees. This path leads to a group of bronze statues of returning soldiers embracing the flag.
KGP Principals Don Paine and Bill Gallagher received an Honorable Mention for their design submission in the Korean War Memorial competition.