The World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington DC, is a beautiful place to visit and pay your respects to World War II veterans. The memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004. The Memorial is an oval shape with two 43-foot arches, representing the war's Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Fifty-six pillars represent the states, territories and the District of Columbia at the time of the World War II. Two sculpted bronze wreaths adorn each pillar. The bases of granite and bronze are adorned with the military service seals of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Forces, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Small fountains sit at the bases of the two arches. Waterfalls surround a wall of 4,000 gold stars, each one represents 100 U.S. deaths in the war. More than two-thirds of the memorial consists of grass, plants and water. A circular garden, called the "Circle of Remembrance," is enclosed by a two-foot-high stone wall.
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Location17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC. (202) 619-7222. See a Map
The World War II Memorial is located on the National Mall with the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. Parking nearby is limited, so the best way to visit the memorial is on foot or by tourbus. The closest metro stop is the Smithsonian.
HoursThe World War II Memorial is open 24 hours a day. Park Service rangers are on site seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Official Website: www.wwiimemorial.com
Attractions Near the World War II Memorial
- Washington Monument
- Lincoln Memorial
- Constitution Gardens
- Tidal Basin
- DC War Memorial
- Martin Luther King Memorial
- Korean War Memorial
- Vietnam War Memorial