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World War II Memorial

Monument / Landmark and Historic Site
Southwest Washington, Washington
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  • Amy W.
    "sun setting behind the Lincoln memorial."(4 Tips)
    Brett G.
    "A must see tribute to those who truly gave all."(3 Tips)
    John C.
    "Excellent outdoor monument."(7 Tips)
    Embaixada EUA Brasil
    "armed forces and as civilians during World War II."(3 Tips)
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  • HISTORY
    HISTORYJune 27, 2012
    This memorial, dedicated in 2004, honors the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II (1939-45).
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  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SchneiderJuly 28, 2015
    Great memorial, only disappointed in the people who thought they could dip their feet and bodies in the water, it's not a public pool! No park serv. Rep. to monitor
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronJuly 30, 2012
    Such a beautiful dedication. the plaques of all the states surrounding the pond which was so serene and then waterfall with the stars that represent our fallen Heros so picturesque and also humbling
  • DAV - Disabled American Veterans
    By Sept. 2, 1945, when Japanese signed the Instrument of Surrender, 671,000 Americans had come home wounded. DAV was there for them then just as DAV is here now for those coming home injured or ill.
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoJanuary 18, 2016
    One of the newer memorials, but a definite "must-see". Located directly between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Very scenic!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 26, 2012
    Honors those who served in WWII. Along west side is Freedom Wall which consists of 4,048 gold stars. Each star represents 100 Americans who gave their lives for the war. Full site history here<LINK> Read more
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    As long as there aren't undisciplined children running around, this is probably my favorite of the memorials on the Mall. Come anytime sunset or after for the best experience.
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 16, 2014
    I have generally only visited this Memorial during daylight hours, but I went on the evening of Veteran's Day thus year and the Memorial is absolutely stunning in the dark.
  • Guillodf
    GuillodfSeptember 18, 2016
    Amazing, full of history, very well kept and just in the middle between Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
  • Nancy
    NancyJune 28, 2012
    My great-grandfather, who is now 98 1/2, I a WWII vet. He was chosen for the Honor Flight for vets and so got to visit the memorial. He said it was amazing! I'm so proud that he is still doing well.
  • DAV - Disabled American Veterans
    By Sept. 2, 1945, when Japanese signed the Instrument of Surrender, 671,000 Americans had come home wounded. DAV was there for them then just as DAV is here now for those injured and ill. #DAVpromises
  • Amy W.
    Amy WilsonJuly 4, 2013
    Go see the memorial at sunset when it's all lit up and you can see the sun setting behind the Lincoln memorial. It's absolutely incredible!
  • Nancy
    NancyJune 28, 2012
    This is my great-grandfather, who is a WWII vet, standing in front of the memorial. He is 98 1/2. He thought the memorial was great.
  • Easy Figure I.
    Easy Figure InternationalSeptember 24, 2013
    Shake hands of veterans and their families! It's a privilege to experience amazing feelings of pride. Listening to their stories makes you literally appreciate what you have. One said: "I was lucky!"
  • Trust for the National Mall
    We hope you enjoyed your visit to the World War II Memorial. Please join the Trust for the National Mall as we preserve this iconic park for future generations. Read more
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AltahonaAugust 23, 2016
    The memorial honors who served as part of the American armed forced during WWII. It's free and open 24/7. The most convenient way to reach to the memorial is by Metrobus or Metro.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 19, 2014
    Check out the fountains under each Theatre (Pacific and Atlantic), which name each of the battles fought in the conflict.
  • DC Preservation League
    Completed in 1931, the Peristyle Doric Temple was the first war memorial on the Mall, and lists all 499 DC residents who lost their lives in the war, regardless of their rank, race, or gender.
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    States not sorted based on the Pacific and Atlantic sections. Think about it: where would Illinois fit into that categorization? The pillars represent the Pacific and European battles.
  • Kiley K.
    Kiley KDecember 10, 2016
    Really amazing place to see sunsets and sunrises. Lots of history,great design and great fountains
  • StayArlington
    StayArlingtonSeptember 24, 2012
    This memorial is one of the more recent ones, if you haven't visited the area in the past 10 years or so.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergNovember 13, 2012
    Check it out at any time of the day. It is awe-inspiring to walk around and see everything that went into building it.
  • Black Family Reunions
    Black Family ReunionsMarch 27, 2016
    A beautiful solemn memorial that features unique columns honoring the war dead from each state.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LAugust 12, 2014
    Gorgeous monument dedicated to those who served. Great views of DC. Fun to find your state and snap a picture!
  • Dan B.
    Dan BurkhardtMay 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This memorial is best seen at night. The lighting is beautiful, the stars breathtaking and thought evoking.
  • dre k.
    dre klJanuary 23, 2011
    Look up members of your family who made the ultimate sacrifice and take a picture in front of your favorite state. Perfect spot to get engaged!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 6, 2016
    A fantastic memorial that one should visit and reflect about all those that gave it all for our freedom !
  • jeyo
    jeyoDecember 14, 2015
    A great place to take in some history, appreciate our servicemen, and do some people watching!
  • Embaixada EUA Brasil
    Embaixada EUA BrasilJanuary 4, 2012
    The U.S. National World War II Memorial is a National Memorial dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II.
  • Sheri C.
    Sheri CarboneJuly 6, 2013
    I was very impressed. Nice fountain. It was nice taking a picture next to our state.
  • Chad M.
    Chad MurrayFebruary 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out the marker for the state of Florida. It's easily the coolest one at the memorial.
  • Erik G.
    Erik GrayApril 20
    Amazing vantage points at day or night. See it at both times!
  • Connor
    ConnorMarch 14, 2016
    A touching memorial. I enjoyed walking around it and reading the different history signs.
  • Cozmik
    CozmikDecember 3, 2011
    Surreal backdrop for night shooters (challenging for the novice) and great perspective views on the Mall anytime of day.
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11(right now!): the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Tom J.
    Tom JanssenJuly 29, 2016
    Very impressive memorial. Although about 90 degrees F, I got the chills there.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 20, 2015
    A beautiful monument, though I don't think it is as poignant as other war memorials.
  • Carleigh B.
    Carleigh BlanchardJuly 4, 2013
    If it's really hot you can stick your feet in the fountain and not get in trouble
  • Justin J.
    Justin JacobAugust 6, 2014
    A great Memorial with a great design giving an unique impression
  • @mrfboyer
    @mrfboyerMarch 13, 2015
    It's mediocre in the winter, but will blow your mind when the water runs in the summer!
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NilgesNovember 20, 2016
    The marble is slick- don't fall in front of a ton of people- may or may not be speaking from experience.
  • Mark C.
    Mark CohaagenJune 22, 2013
    Take the time to find a quiet spot and think of those who sacrificed for us. Then snap a pic by your state.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SakOctober 5, 2011
    Beautiful at night. The fountain is nicely lit. Find your state under one of the wreaths.
  • Cory S.
    Cory StevensJanuary 21, 2016
    Totally appropriate to honor the many who fought in WWII. Just maybe this is a bit too much like something Speer would have dreamed up.
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    The reliefs on the walls in the entrance tell the story of the war at home and abroad.
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheJune 12, 2015
    So impressive, the fountains are beautiful, though not working in the winter
  • Miranda B.
    Miranda BlauveltJuly 14, 2011
    Remember that they would not have built it accessible like they did if putting your feet in the water if it wasn't allowed...Veterans and soldiers alike have fought for our freedom.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BiggsMay 15, 2013
    Bring a wide angle lens this place is huge but beautiful
  • Sudeshna M.
    Sudeshna MukherjeeApril 7, 2012
    Gorgeous lights and perfect spot for a date on a moon lit night.
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonyMay 30, 2015
    Really nice memorial representing each of the 50 States and territories
  • Lori T.
    Lori TenEyckSeptember 20, 2011
    Visit it at night!! It's so peaceful. The lights & fountain shut off at midnight tho.
  • Daniela R.
    Daniela RodriguezDecember 1, 2013
    At night, this memorial is amazing. Truly beautiful...
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley ShumwayNovember 17, 2013
    Take a picture by your home state... or your favorite state if thats what you prefer. #mco435
  • Jacob F.
    Jacob FordAugust 9, 2014
    Magic arrives here when the sun departs.
  • Dustin M.
    Dustin MalletAugust 7, 2014
    This is a beautiful monument to a generation that sacrificed for our future.
  • Martin S.
    General Martin Schweitzer aka BG Martin Schweitzer has over 33 years of senior executive experience while leading, managing and directing the operations. Read more
  • Ricky P.
    Ricky PottsOctober 8, 2011
    This place has a great view of the Lincoln Memorial. Apparently it's better with the fountains turned on.
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GishkarianyOctober 14, 2014
    Best seen at night. Look behind Delaware for the engraving of kiljoy was here.
  • Jill S.
    Jill ScibiliaJuly 3, 2011
    do not miss the bronzes on either side that depict themes/scenes from the war
  • John C.
    John CockerillApril 13, 2015
    Excellent outdoor monument. Celebrate those who gave all they had very well
  • Dwayne K.
    Dwayne KilbourneApril 15, 2013
    Quite the tribute to those who served during WWII - you'd be remiss if you skipped this memorial!
  • Sierra B.
    Sierra BarkdollMarch 30, 2016
    Big and impressive. Absorb the somber history
  • Catia D.
    Catia DaSilvaMay 18, 2015
    All my respect for who fought for our freedom
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 4, 2014
    Find your state and more importantly, find the hidden Kilroy.
  • Katie
    KatieDecember 4, 2012
    There are restrooms on the tidal basin side.
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyDecember 24, 2015
    Good place to cool off in the summer.
  • Dana ..
    Dana ..October 15, 2014
    The view at night ♥ breathtaking
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 7, 2016
    Take a picture of yourself next to your state!
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    A must see tribute to those who truly gave all.
  • Kirt F.
    Kirt FloydNovember 9, 2011
    HOW COULD U GO WRONG. GREAT WAY TO END A DATE.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SwiftSeptember 15, 2013
    One of my favorite memorials. Amazing at night.
  • Alina H.
    Alina HBJuly 6, 2015
    everything has a meaning, really nice...
  • Matt L.
    Matt LucianoAugust 5, 2011
    Find your state and take a picture next to it. Really cool memorial.
  • Liz C.
    Liz ConleyOctober 24, 2012
    Best time to see this is at night.
  • Dana P.
    Dana PortnoyAugust 26, 2014
    this is a newer memorial absolutely beautiful
  • David V.
    David VSeptember 7, 2014
    WWII Memorial
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CarterMay 11, 2011
    If you like this check out www.nationalww2museum.org visit the museum in New Orleans, LA
  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™July 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not listen to what Dale T. said, this is a sacred fountain not a swimming pool. Respect the memorial.
  • Jim V.
    Jim VirginJune 11, 2012
    Go around to the back and see that Kilroy was here.
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina SantosSeptember 5, 2014
    Absolutely beautiful
  • Will P.
    Amazing place
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SmithMay 13, 2015
    This is a can't miss!!!
  • Mystique
    MystiqueMarch 31, 2013
    If you have Filipino Pride, check-in!!! ^_^
  • Sam O.
    Sam OdenJanuary 15, 2016
    One gold star on the wall = 100 US casualties
  • Mark B.
    Mark Boltz-RobinsonApril 29, 2012
    It's a memorial to honor our fallen dead. Not a frickin' swimming pool. Don't wade in it!
  • Shavon
    ShavonMarch 21, 2015
    State placards are listed in order they joined the Union.
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LNovember 15, 2014
    touching.. come at night. incredible views with the lights
  • N ~.
    N ~August 13, 2015
    Look for your state and take a photo with it
  • jeff b.
    jeff brillMay 18, 2013
    For my Dad who served his country and kept us free
  • Skifchik
    SkifchikJune 4, 2016
    No one is forgotten! Nothing is forgotten!
  • Justin W.
    Justin WongJune 3, 2013
    A wonderful site to hold rememberance
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireOctober 8, 2015
    Beautiful.
  • Karl W.
    Karl WarrenJanuary 21, 2015
    A great memorial for the greatest generation
  • Tara D.
    Tara DavissonMay 15, 2013
    Lovely place to eat a sack lunch.
  • Summer H.
    Summer HoyaMay 16, 2012
    "Take a picture at your home state's pillar"- Ko, SFS'12
  • Elliot L.
    Elliot LeeMay 3, 2012
    Ironically, the "Most Dependable Fountains" do not work.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BerlinOctober 11, 2010
    Have some respect and use your own pool at home if you are hot.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander StameyMay 16, 2016
    Would definitely visit this memorial again
  • Angelyn A.
    Angelyn Aifd CfdSeptember 17, 2016
    Great views
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacksonJune 25, 2011
    The fountains turn off at midnight, just an FYI. It is amusing to watch the ducks swim after they turn off.
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田January 3, 2015
    Como todos os monumentos de Washington, vale a pena visitar de dia e voltar a noite. Parece que a paisagem se transforma
  • Jérémie H.
    Jérémie HUCHETSeptember 10, 2016
    Un grand mémorial dédié aux américains ayant participé à la 2nde guerre mondiale. C'est grand et calme.
  • Javila
    JavilaApril 6, 2015
    Todo a lo grande. Potencia americana.
  • Fabian M.
    Fabian MoraSeptember 29, 2015
    Un lugar lleno de sentimientos patrióticos y como aman la guerra los gringos
  • Giovanni C.
    Giovanni CorredorDecember 21, 2014
    Bastante concurrido. Muy interesante lugar
  • E G.
    E GAugust 29, 2013
    Впечатляющий мемориал павшим войнам во времена второй мировой войны
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