National World War II Memorial, Washington DC

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A tribute to all American soldiers and civilians who served in World War II, National World War II Memorial consists of 56 granite pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches. The pillars stand in a semicircle around a large plaza featuring two walls, which picture scenes of the war in bas relief. Approach the memorial from the southern or the northern end to see soldiers undergoing physical exams, taking the oath, combating the enemy, and returning home. On the western side of the memorial you can also visit a wall featuring 4,048 stars, each representing 100 soldiers who died in the war, with the front of the panel displaying the words, "Here we mark the price of freedom." Put National World War II Memorial into our Washington DC itinerary planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Washington DC.
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  • This monument is impressive regardless of your relationship with World War II and it is arranged in such that you can find your state. It's beautiful at night and during the day. 
    This monument is impressive regardless of your relationship with World War II and it is arranged in such that you can find your state. It's beautiful at night and during the day.  more »
  • The grandeur and gravitas of this grand memorial reflects the immense importance of the war to save democracy and freedom. it is stunning in its interpretation and magnificent in its presentation... 
    The grandeur and gravitas of this grand memorial reflects the immense importance of the war to save democracy and freedom. it is stunning in its interpretation and magnificent in its presentation...  more »
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  • I wish there were more than 5 stars. This was an amazing museum with so much to see. They had something for everyone-exhibits, videos, real hero’s stories to follow. There is so much to do that we did not get through it all. I recommend planning on 4-6 hours of you want to take it all in. I highly recommend taking in the movie “Beyond all Boundaries”. Our kids were fully engaged and were taking it all in. They stopped and read more than they have at other museums.
  • I visited here with my son around 2pm on a Wednesday afternoon from visiting from NC. It wasn’t very crowded on a nice, cloudy day. Located by the reflecting pool, there were great views. One of the attractions of the Freedom Wall that holds 4,048 gold stars. Each gold star represents one hundred American service personnel who died or remain missing in the war. There are pillars with each of the states listed on them. My son put his feet in the water, which was allowed and other people were doing so too. It was cold outside, so I’m not sure why he wanted to lol. Overall, it was a beautiful memorial honoring World World II servicemen. I hadn’t been to DC since I was much much younger.

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