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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  • Everything is pretty much together. You see the memorial, ahead is the mirror pool and the Lincoln memorial. In the late afternoon the view is spectacular
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  • First-time visit to the many memorials in Washington, DC. I do believe this was my favorite, although the Wall, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Lincoln Memorial were also beautiful.  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing... it is so serene and so powerful. Seeing the names on the wall... the emotions of everything taking their vows of silence in respect is really incredible. It’s so beautiful. It really is. You learn so much and just feel a realization of what had happened when you walk in. The fountains... the pool of reflection. Everything about it is powerful. It was definitely one of my favorite parts of visiting DC. So powerful and beautiful. It’s a must see. Walking is involved, it is stroller and wheel chair accessible. The Lincoln memorial is about a 10 minute walk away, but you can see it the whole time.
  • I last revisited the National World War II Memorial in D.C. during May a couple years back and greatly appreciated seeing this monument during the warmer time of the year. I was quite impressed with how beautiful it was compared a previous winter (Dec) visit. During my previous visit, the memorial fountain was emptied and turned off and the surrounding trees were bare. This time around, the fountain was turned on, adding a tranquil and beautiful dimension to the the National World War II Memorial. Further, the surrounding trees on both sides of The Mall were flush green with colour, making for beautiful views of the various columns, which represent states and U.S. territories that participated in the war on behalf of the United States. It was lovely seeing green trees around the memorial this time around. Note: Compared to my winter visit when the memorial had a handful of visitors, I found it quite busy and crowded this time. As such, be prepared for your pictures of the memorial to include quite a few people. If you want to take unobstructed pictures, it would be best to visit early in the morning before the tourist crowds arrive at The Mall.

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