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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  • A very peaceful memorial!! Take a moment to sit and enjoy it! If you have time take your shoes off and dip your feet into the waters. Also look for the graffiti and find out the story behind it!!  more »
  • Perfect balance between pomp, respect and grandeur. The fountains are beautiful as the balance of the monument between Atlantic and Pacific along with all the quotes and other information is quite glo...  more »
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  • Beautiful to see. We chose to visit on the hottest day in July 2019. However learning about what each of the symbols of this monument represents was truly one of the best opportunities given. The Rainbow Pool is inviting, and it is really a lot of fun to stick you feet in and be part of the celebration as the soldiers did with the fountains in Europe once the war was over. I would encourage everyone to stop and take in the beauty of this monument and learn all that you can. My children (ages 10 & 13) weren't bored and found discovering the meaning interesting to learn about.
  • One of the best memorials I've seen. It's well designed and tasteful, while still maintaining that sobering feel for everything it represents. And if you haven't gone back to experience the monuments at night, I strongly encourage you to do so. The nighttime experience changes the feel of all the monuments and anytime I'm taking out of town friends or family around, we always make sure we stay past sunset.
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