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 »
  • This is a somber and tastefully done memorial that honors the sacrifices made by so many of service members who fought during the World War II. The fountains are therapeutic and the views of the Linco...  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.
  • A lovely memorial to the warriors who fought on behalf of the US military. A place for everyone to connect with history and enjoy the present. Lovely design and a delightful water feature make this a place to visit and remember - but not in a solemn and contemplative way. More of a celebration. Recommended.
  • 5☆ READ THIS PLEASE This is an absolutely a beautiful Memorial... I'm honored and proud of it.. The men and women who made the sacrifice was not just for the United States but for the world... BUT - LOOK AT MY PICS AND YOU SEE THE FAMILY IN THE WATER AT THE VERY SIGN SAYING DO NOT GO IN THE WATER.. It's because of people like this that places like this will become dilapidated and troubled.. The abuse of it and the ignorance to go behind it.. Apparently even on these outside memorials there should be security to tell these fools to stop their ignorance and stupidity... I just cannot believe that we have let ourselves become this kind of a country.. 30 years ago somebody else would have dragged those people out of the water and set them straight... Now that's called a lawsuit it's amazing what freedom has done for us... And in this country it's not over.. It's going to get a lot worse since this country has Skipped so many phases of development and this is what your freedom has bought you.;-) S A D :-(
  • Honor... respect... gratitude… this memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II it is between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The memorial consists of 56 granite pillars. Each pillar has the name of one of the 48 U.S. states as of 1945 and USA territories. there is a water fountain in the middle of the memorial which makes this really beautiful. you can even put your feet in it on a sizzling summer day and relax. everyone was taking photos of themselves in front of the state they belong. it was cool. There are 2 arches on each sides name Atlantic and Pacific representing victory with four eagles. There are seals of world war memorial on the floor. there is a wall just by its name 'The Freedom Wall’, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall has 4,048 gold stars, and its written there, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. In front of the wall lies the message "Here we mark the price of freedom". One must visit this when you are in DC.

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