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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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  • The National World War II Memorial is a must visit memorial while you're in D.C. I visited a couple days after Memorial Day so the monument still had a lot of flowers and flags.  more »
  • What a great tribute to those that served in WWII. We walked around to look at all the states and to take a pictures by the fountain and in front of the states from our birth. Definitely worth seeing ...  more »
  • Both the Vietnam Memorial and the Korean War Memorial are sombering, but the WWII is more pleasant. The wreaths of all states and territories encircle a nice fountain. A nice addition between the Wash...  more »
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  • Hallowed ground as are many of the monuments in the DC area. Felt like we were alone in honoring those lost in WWII even though there were all kinds of people around. Very well designed.
  • This is a beautiful outdoor place with lots of spots to sit and reflect (or rest from all the walking between monuments). The memorial and its fountains are at one end of the Reflecting Pool, creating some awe-inspiring photo ops. This is one of the more modern and unique memorials we saw in D.C. It would also be an excellent place for group photos.
  • Probably the most beautiful and thoughtfully designed monument in the mall. The details are worth reading in the brochure. And rumor has it that World War II veterans had their dog tags pressed below the stones as they were laid during construction. The placement between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument creates a humbling experience. Take the time to visit the greatest generation and pay your respects.
  • Located between the Washington memorial and the Lincoln memorial, is a fitting tribute to all WW2 veterans. It's a beautiful place with fountains and pillars representing the US states. It's a must visit attraction in the city.
  • This is a great tribute to the WW II Veterans. I came here in 2004 when it was being built in February. I came back a few times but just visited again a few months ago and the layout is spectacular. Plenty of people around and awesome pictures throughout the who area. The fountain is pretty cool.