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National World War II Memorial, Washington DC
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A tribute to all American soldiers and civilians who served in World War II, National World War II Memorial consists of 56 granite pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches. The pillars stand in a semicircle around a large plaza featuring two walls, which picture scenes of the war in bas relief. Approach the memorial from the southern or the northern end to see soldiers undergoing physical exams, taking the oath, combating the enemy, and returning home. On the western side of the memorial you can also visit a wall featuring 4,048 stars, each representing 100 soldiers who died in the war, with the front of the panel displaying the words, "Here we mark the price of freedom." Put National World War II Memorial at the forefront of your travel plans using our Washington DC itinerary maker.
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  • This was an amazing memorial. The view of it at night with all of the lights and fountains was breathtaking! It made it even more special that I was there on December 7th! 
  • The layout of this monument really speaks to the theaters of war in which we were embroiled in World War II. This is definitely a must-see. 
  • Beautifully and thoughtfully laid out, this monument has lovely water features and is especially stunning when lit up at night. 
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  • Coming to this place reminds you the unity and power of coming together and fighting for one reason and purpose. The name of all states being architectured on the walls give an equal pride to citizens fron all states. The messages are very inspiring. One request that I may have is from people to not climb over the walls for taking photos. These are the symbol of integrity, devotion and sacrifice for one goal: freedom and we must respect it. I forgot to say, I love the fountain too.
  • This memorial was long overdue and it came out wonderful. It's my favorite in DC. I see ceremonies take place there and it make you feel proud of our country. It's worth the visit from anywhere.
  • Absolutely gorgeous open area and fountain/memorial. Great spot for photos.
  • Nice memorial to our history. Great views looking around
  • The DC War Memorial is definitely not on tourist radars, but that makes us locals love it! It's tucked away just off the path walking from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial on the left side. It looks like a giant, marble gazebo and most Saturdays you'll see locals taking wedding photos or even conducting wedding ceremonies there. If a wedding is not happening, it's my favorite place to sit and read and journal. It feels like a hidden gem and always a much needed escape from the more major tourist areas like the Lincoln Memorial.