National World War II Memorial, Washington DC

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 into our Washington DC itinerary planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Washington DC.
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  • Much to read and see as this large monument shows all the US states and territories involved in this war. There were some benches nearby to sit upon.  more »
  • My understanding was that between certain hours, a person is available to answer questions at this monument. I never saw anyone who fit that description. The monument is beautiful, but I left with a l...  more »
  • A really moving monument, my favorite in the summer. In the winter, without the water, looking at it in subzero windchills... well, it left me cold.  more »
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  • Getting to visit DC this past year for Veterans Day was a great experience. I loved coming to pay my respect to all the Men and Women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. The water in the reflection pool was super clean. I heard people say it's the cleanest its been in years. This was one of my most stop places and well worth the trip.
  • Very interesting design. In contrast to the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial is very low to the ground, and does not attract attention until you are very close to it. But once you walk in, it encompasses your whole field of view. I like the design, the two halves split between the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. I couldn't figure out the reasoning behind where each state/territory's column was placed.
  • Didn't like the fact that kids were just running around and climbing all over the memorial. There should be posted signs saying this. I have had family fight on both sides of the war and I'm sure they wouldn't appreciate that either. It is a beautiful sight to see if you're in the area of the mall.
  • Clean and well presented, thought inspiring. People were very respectfully and friendly. Only down side was the water was drained, I assumed for maintenance, but no apparent signs of action it to get it back to its original state or signs to tell you what's going on.
  • This is a great design that is fully suited to its purpose. For me, it encapsulates the energy of those who went off to war to fight for their country and it avoids the oppressive nature some memorials create. This is a fitting tribute and a great place to bring young people to learn about sacrifices made in the past to ensure the freedom of everyone.
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