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World War II Memorial

17th St Independence Ave SW, DC 20006 17th St Independence Ave SW, DC 20006 sunipix.com

The Second World War was one of the most horrifying and worst events that transpired in history. The National World War II Memorial was one of the latest monuments that were built in 2004 in Washington D.C. It is home to the graves of 16 million brave men and women who gave their lives and served in the armed forces during the war wherein 400,000 of them were Americans.

The memorial is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. It occupies a total land area of 7.4-acres. It is 240 feet wide and 337 feet long.  The memorial sits about two meters or 6 feet below grade. The monument is made up of 56 white identical pillars that represent the 48 territories of the United States of America during the war and other more occupied countries outside its original territory that were placed to form 2 semi-circles surrounding Central Plaza.

The whole memorial is composed of a couple of parts of the Atlantic Theater Dedication and the Pacific Battle Tribute. Aside from these, the monument also has 24 bas-relief panels to symbolize not only the war that happenned outside the country, but also within the homes of the brave men and women who engaged in war. The center of the memorial staged the “Rainbow Pool” that is surrounded by flagpoles based on bronze and granite that is decorated with the different seals of the Armed Forces of America such as the Army, The Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Merchant Marines.

Aside from the above mentioned attractions, the Freedom Wall that stands 3 meters into the air holds 4,043 gold stars and honors those who gave their lives to fight for the country during the World War II. It is one of the most famous monuments for the WW2 around the world. 

Information

Hours: Opens everyday, 24 hrs a day.
Address/Map:     17th Street Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 426-6841
Website: World War II Memorial
   
Admission: Free