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DC War Memorial – World War I Memorial in Washington, DC

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DC War Memorial

DC War Memorial

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The DC War Memorial, officially named the District of Columbia War Memorial, commemorates the 26,000 citizens of Washington, DC who served in World War I. The memorial is located on the National Mall just west of 17th St. and Independence Ave. SW, next to the WWII Memorial. The domed peristyle Doric temple stands as the only memorial on the National Mall dedicated to local residents. Inscribed in the base of the memorial are 499 names of Washingtonians who lost their life during World War I. The DC War Memorial was dedicated in 1931 on Armistice Day-the day that marked the official end of the war.

The DC War Memorial was restored and reopened in November 2011. It had been thirty years since any major work was done to maintain the memorial. Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $7.3 million to restore the memorial, including improving lighting systems, correcting water drainage systems, and reviving the landscape to allow the memorial to be used as a bandstand.

Attractions Near the DC War Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans War Memorial
  • World War II Memorial
  • Tidal Basin
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