The World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington D.C., is a monument that should not be overlooked during your 24-hour stay. Completed in 2004, the WWII Memorial commemorates the 16 million Americans who served our country during WWII and includes a special homage to the over 400,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The WWII Memorial was constructed to tell a story of the war as you walk around the perimeter of its circular design through scenes created in bronze relief. Surrounding the fountain at the center of the memorial are 56 granite stones representing the unity among the then 48 states, seven federal territories, and the District of Columbia. Two 43-foot arches on the opposite sides of the memorial represent the victories in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of WWII. Additionally, carved on four large walls on the edges of the WWII Memorial are famous quotes, including a quote from former President Dwight D. Eisenhower on D-Day.
One of the most prominent features of the WWII Memorial is the Freedom Wall, with 4,048 gold stars that pay tribute to the American lives lost at war, with each star representing 100 Americans. Names of famous battle destinations as well as the words "Here we mark the price of freedom" are also inscribed.
Throughout the year, various free commemorative public events are held at the WWII Memorial. See the WWII Memorial at night during the Full Moon Walk, which begins at sundown and get the perfect photo for Instagram when the monument is lit up in the night sky against the monthly full moon.
The Memorial is located at the east end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, allowing you to experience multiple monuments in one trip. Reach the Memorial using public transportation using the Orange, Blue, and Silver routes on the Metro, or the 32, 34, or 36 routes on the Metrobus. It is open 24 hours a day, and park rangers are on duty from 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 p.m. daily to answer questions and provide interpretive programs.
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