World War II Memorial

Monument / Landmark and Historic Site
1750 Independence Ave SW (at 17th St), Washington, D.C. 20024, United States
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    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM

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    This memorial, dedicated in 2004, honors the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II (1939-45).

    HISTORY · June 27, 2012
  • The Transit Navigator

    A gorgeous tribute to those who lost their lives in WWII.

    The Transit Navigator · September 25, 2011
  • Ching Y.

    Do not listen to what Dale T. said, this is a sacred fountain not a swimming pool. Respect the memorial.

    Ching Yu ™ · July 23, 2010
  • Read H.

    Always best at night.

    Read Holman · March 22, 2010
  • Embaixada EUA Brasil

    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.

    Embaixada EUA Brasil · January 4, 2012
  • Nancy

    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.

    Nancy · June 28, 2012
  • Matt L.

    Find your state and take a picture next to it. Really cool memorial.

    Matt Luciano · August 5, 2011
  • Jason B.

    Bring a wide angle lens this place is huge but beautiful

    Jason Biggs · May 15, 2013
  • Lori T.

    Visit it at night!! It's so peaceful. The lights & fountain shut off at midnight tho.

    Lori TenEyck · September 20, 2011
  • Amy W.

    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!

    Amy Wilson · July 4, 2013
  • Ryan U.

    Kilroy was Here

    Ryan Underwood · September 18, 2011
  • 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

  • Jared S.

    Beautiful at night. The fountain is nicely lit. Find your state under one of the wreaths.

    Jared Sakamoto · October 5, 2011
  • Alessandro B.

    Come @ night!

    Alessandro Barchi · May 13, 2011
  • 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.

    DC Preservation League · May 11, 2011
  • Dale T.

    You can dip your feet into the central fountain. Nice relief on scorching days.

    Dale Tubig · July 9, 2010
  • Jeffrey S.

    I punched somebody who put their grubby feet in that fountain! Keep your kids and coins out of that pool

    Jeffrey Sawicki · August 27, 2010
  • Jim V.

    Go around to the back and see that Kilroy was here.

    Jim Virgin · June 11, 2012
  • Dan B.

    This memorial is best seen at night. The lighting is beautiful, the stars breathtaking and thought evoking.

    Dan Burkhardt · May 17, 2012
  • Kirt F.


    Kirt Floyd · November 9, 2011
  • Christina

    Goegeous at night.

    Christina · August 1, 2011
  • Carie J.

    Beautifully done! A must-see!

    Carie Jones · July 10, 2011
  • Jake S.

    Check out the fountains under each Theatre (Pacific and Atlantic), which name each of the battles fought in the conflict.

    Jake Smith · May 19, 2014
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    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

    IWalked Audio Tours · September 26, 2012
  • Erik C.

    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

    Erik Cintron · July 30, 2012
  • Sudeshna M.

    Gorgeous lights and perfect spot for a date on a moon lit night.

    Sudeshna Mukherjee · April 7, 2012
  • Jill S.

    do not miss the bronzes on either side that depict themes/scenes from the war

    Jill Scibilia · July 3, 2011
  • Sheri C.

    I was very impressed. Nice fountain. It was nice taking a picture next to our state.

    Sheri Carbone · July 6, 2013
  • Mark C.

    Take the time to find a quiet spot and think of those who sacrificed for us. Then snap a pic by your state.

    Mark Cohaagen · June 22, 2013
  • Dwayne K.

    Quite the tribute to those who served during WWII - you'd be remiss if you skipped this memorial!

    Dwayne Kilbourne · April 15, 2013
  • 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.

  • Chad M.

    Check out the marker for the state of Florida. It's easily the coolest one at the memorial.

    Chad Murray · February 2, 2013
  • Mario A.

    Do not jump into the pool and start yelling "Marcello...Marcello."

    Mario Ascencio · January 8, 2013
  • Matt R.

    Check it out at any time of the day. It is awe-inspiring to walk around and see everything that went into building it.

    Matt Rosenberg · November 13, 2012
  • Ricky P.

    This place has a great view of the Lincoln Memorial. Apparently it's better with the fountains turned on.

    Ricky Potts · October 8, 2011
  • Patrick F.

    It's not a pool!

    Patrick Frank · July 31, 2010
  • Michelle L.

    Gorgeous monument dedicated to those who served. Great views of DC. Fun to find your state and snap a picture!

    Michelle L · August 12, 2014
  • 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

    Trust for the National Mall · November 19, 2013
  • Easy Figure I.

    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!"

    Easy Figure International · September 24, 2013
  • Carleigh B.

    If it's really hot you can stick your feet in the fountain and not get in trouble

    Carleigh Blanchard · July 4, 2013

    The rolling lawn, the calming fountains, and the august granite columns give a sense of peace and perspective that is one of the most emotional experiences in the city. Read more · June 27, 2013
  • Justin W.

    A wonderful site to hold rememberance

    Justin Wong · June 3, 2013
  • StayArlington

    This memorial is one of the more recent ones, if you haven't visited the area in the past 10 years or so.

    StayArlington · September 24, 2012
  • Nancy

    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.

    Nancy · June 28, 2012
  • Mark B.

    It's a memorial to honor our fallen dead. Not a frickin' swimming pool. Don't wade in it!

    Mark Boltz-Robinson · April 29, 2012
  • Leonardo S.

    Best view of the obelisk!

    Leonardo Santos · January 27, 2012
  • Miranda B.

    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.

    Miranda Blauvelt · July 14, 2011
  • Jeremy J.

    The fountains turn off at midnight, just an FYI. It is amusing to watch the ducks swim after they turn off.

    Jeremy Jackson · June 25, 2011
  • Егор Г.

    Впечатляющий мемориал павшим войнам во времена второй мировой войны

    Егор Гаврилов · August 29, 2013
  • Tiago R.

    Mais bonito na primavera

    Tiago Rodrigues · January 6, 2014