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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)
    Nathan A.
    "A beautiful monument!"(4 Tips)
    Brett G.
    "A must see tribute to those who truly gave all."(3 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).
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    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
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 30
  • 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
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • Guillodf
    Guillodf1 week ago
    Amazing, full of history, very well kept and just in the middle between Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial
  • 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.
  • Steven A.
    Steven AndrophyFebruary 8, 2015
    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.
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoJanuary 18
    One of the newer memorials, but a definite "must-see". Located directly between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Very scenic!
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • 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
  • Carlos A.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Katie W.
    Katie WillardJune 21, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
    A beautiful solemn memorial that features unique columns honoring the war dead from each state.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 6
    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!
  • Dan B.
    Dan BurkhardtMay 17, 2012
    This memorial is best seen at night. The lighting is beautiful, the stars breathtaking and thought evoking.
  • 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.
  • Connor
    ConnorMarch 14
    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.
  • Chad M.
    Chad MurrayFebruary 2, 2013
    Check out the marker for the state of Florida. It's easily the coolest one at the memorial.
  • Tom J.
    Very impressive memorial. Although about 90 degrees F, I got the chills there.
  • 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
  • Desiree Joy F.
    Desiree Joy FriasSeptember 12, 2014
    Gorgeous at night or day. Many running groups in the district pass this landmark
  • @mrfboyer
    @mrfboyerMarch 13, 2015
    It's mediocre in the winter, but will blow your mind when the water runs in the summer!
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandApril 20, 2015
    A beautiful monument, though I don't think it is as poignant as other war memorials.
  • Cory S.
    Cory StevensJanuary 21
    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.
  • Justin J.
    Justin JacobAugust 6, 2014
    A great Memorial with a great design giving an unique impression
  • Carleigh B.
    Carleigh BlanchardJuly 4, 2013
    If it's really hot you can stick your feet in the fountain and not get in trouble
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Niels S.
    Niels SwimbergheJune 12, 2015
    So impressive, the fountains are beautiful, though not working in the winter
  • Lori T.
    Lori TenEyckSeptember 20, 2011
    Visit it at night!! It's so peaceful. The lights & fountain shut off at midnight tho.
  • Jared S.
    Jared SOctober 5, 2011
    Beautiful at night. The fountain is nicely lit. Find your state under one of the wreaths.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MonstrolaApril 1, 2015
    A wonderful reminder of all those who served and sacrificed during WWII. A beautiful monument.
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonyMay 30, 2015
    Really nice memorial representing each of the 50 States and territories
  • Sudeshna M.
    Sudeshna MukherjeeApril 7, 2012
    Gorgeous lights and perfect spot for a date on a moon lit night.
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