World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial honors 16 million members of the US Armed Forces, the support of countless millions on the home front, and the ultimate sacrifice of 405,399 Americans who perished in the war.

Twenty-four bronze panels flank the entrance to the memorial. These panels tell the story of America’s experience in the war. Lining the circular fountain are granite columns representing each U.S. state and territory at the time of World War I. There are also quotes engraved in the stone at various locations throughout the memorial. Here are a couple of my favorites.

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A wall of 4,048 gold stars reminds all of the price over 400,000 Americans paid to win that victory.

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Visitors can also search the World War II Registry, a computerized database honoring Americans who helped win the war, either overseas or on the home front.

The memorial is just beautiful, and is definitely worth a visit. I was touched to see some WWII veterans there with their families. I don’t know why it took so long for the memorial to be built, but I’m glad that it was before all of our veterans are gone.

The World War II Memorial is located on the National Mall at 1750 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.  It can be visited any  time of day, 365 days per year.

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