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World War II Memorial

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The World War II Memorial is a national memorial in the United States dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World … See more


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Jan 19, 2023
Met our expectations and more. The reminder of the history was emotionally overwhelming. We could not speak because we were reminded of the difficult history of this war. The stories of my grandpare… Full review by Kmusikgal
Dec 16, 2022
The WWII memorial at the national capital is a solemn structure that marks the sacrifice of each state. The prize of Washington becoming a truly world power comes at heavy casualties. This place is a… Full review by Leonhkny
Dec 12, 2022
This is a gorgeous, sombre, and fitting memorial to those Americans who served during World War II, whether in the military or as civilians. I didn't realize until I visited the site that it had only… Full review by E1128ZCalejandrob


American Citizens Who Served in World War II
Part of the National Mall and National Park Service, this memorial to American citizens who served in World War II lies at the eastern end of the Lincoln Memorial’s Reflecting Pool. Designed by Austrian-American avant-garde architect Friedrich St. Florian and dedicated in 2004, this 7.4-acre, oval-shaped site consists of 56 granite pillars, two triumphal arches, and a reflecting pool with two fountains. Each 17-foot pillar symbolizes a different U.S. state or territory, and the two 43-foot arches are dedicated to America’s victory in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, respectively. On 24 bronze panels at the memorial’s entrance, moving bas-relief scenes depict the process of drafting and training soldiers, sending them overseas and into battle, and welcoming them back home, either alive or dead. A series of over 4,000 gold stars symbolizes the sacrifices made by over 400,000 Americans from “the Greatest Generation,” and two pieces of “Gilroy Was Here” graffiti allude to the importance this cartoon soldier had for American troops abroad. Visitor parking is available for free along Ohio Drive south of the Lincoln Memorial, or just south of the Jefferson Memorial in Lots A, B and C. No Metrorail stations are entirely adjacent to the Memorial, but the Farragut North, Metro Center, Farragut West, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Smithsonian, L’Enfant Plaza and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations are all within several blocks’ walking distance. Park rangers are on-site each day and offer tours every hour on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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