The World War II 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 war. Two sculpted bronze wreaths adorn each pillar. 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.