National World War II Memorial

Washington, D.C., United States

The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a plaza and fountain, it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush in 2004.

The Freedom Wall is on the west side of the memorial, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war.



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Founded: 2004
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United States


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Manuel Garcia (3 years ago)
Wow is not the word for it. Very beautiful and breathtaking we have been on the road for a 37 day 20 state vacation. Every state we have visited has been amazing. Me and my wife love traveling. Last year we did 13 states in 21 days. I have an awesome wife who loves to travel too. She plans it all out a year in advance and we get a month off together and take off. The world is a beautiful place to see and I'd do it over and over again with my lovely wife my partner for life.
John Cantello (3 years ago)
In such a fast pace world. An amazing way to ground yourself back to earth while appreciating all the freedoms we are blessed to have. Thankful to those who paid the ultimate price.
Michael Brown (3 years ago)
My grandfather (my fathers father) served in the Army and fought in the Pacific Theatre in World War Two so this was a must visit and it did not disappoint. The fountains were really spectacular and the monuments on each end (one for the Pacific Theatre and one for the Atlantic Theatre) were well done and very ornate. If it is a hot day, you CAN take your shoes off and soak them in the fountain. This is a tribute to the soldiers in WW2 doing the same at the end of the war in Europe. Very enjoyable visit
KAREN STRATOTI (3 years ago)
What amazing experience to see the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and Capitol building! Some many diverse cultures and people! Exactly how this country was founded. The United States Constitution is as valid today as it was 245 years ago! Don't diminish its power to govern. WE THE PEOPLE!
Robert Hobbs (3 years ago)
"Through stone architecture and bronze sculptures, the World War II Memorial recognizes the ways Americans served, honors those who fell, and recognizes the victory they achieved to restore freedom and end tyranny around the globe." The national park service dedicated this memorial in 2004, finally, a memorial on our national mall that honored the greatest generation. The memorial is located directly between The Lincoln and Washington monuments, allowing for those to be honored, to do so, in the shadow of two of the nations most notable President's. What I personally loved about this monument is that it isn't a memorial solely dedicated to the millions who fell in battle, or served in general, but it is truly a well deserved memorial to those serving on the home front and assisting the war efforts, as well. It is truly a memorial that honors collectively all of the efforts that went into World War II and brought the allies victory. It is an incredible memorial that a visit to the national mall without seeing it, wouldn't be complete. I've often ran into and seen numerous world war II veterans visiting the site, a generation of heroes that will soon be gone from earth, I hope when others visit, they too may take the time to stop, talk, and thank one of these men in the presence of the monument built to forever honor and remember them.
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