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09/09/2012 11:40 pm ET | Updated Sep 10, 2012

Ukrainian Famine Memorial Plan Stirs Controversy: Why In D.C.? (PHOTOS)

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WASHINGTON -- The National Park Service last week released final plans for the Memorial to Victims of the Ukrainian Manmade Famine of 1932-1933, a monument that will have a six-foot bronze wall called the "Field of Wheat," meant to symbolize the loss of wheat and food.

While some have criticized the design of the monument because it creates a high wall along an adjacent sidewalk, others have wondered why a monument honoring Ukrainian famine victims is being built in the U.S. capital in the first place.

The site, located on a small triangular plot of land at Massachusetts Avenue, North Capitol Street and F Street NW near Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, sits adjacent to a popular rendezvous point for food trucks. One commenter at the Greater Greater Washington planning blog said there's "something creepy about eating lunch at a memorial to victims of a famine."

The monument, authorized by Congress in 2006, was created to strengthen relations between the United States and Ukraine and recognize the Holodomor, which left millions dead in the 1930s. It's located a block from the new Victims of Communism Memorial.

The American capital is home to countless memorials, monuments and other commemorations. The vast majority honor Americans.

But it's not unusual for there to be monuments to foreign figures. Just as there is a monument to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in London, there's a statue to Winston Churchill on Embassy Row in D.C.

Then there are a host of memorials to foreigners who assisted the Americans in the war for independence, like Baron von Steuben or foreigners who made the United States their home, like Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran.

But then there are some foreign figures honored in D.C. with no or little connection to the United States. Some you may not know about, like José Artigas. And then there are others you likely have heard of, like Joan of Arc.

Here's a tour of some examples of foreign memorials in the nation's capital ...

Foreign Memorials In D.C.

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