National World War II Memorial

National World War II Memorial

National World War II Memorial
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Consisting of 56 pillars that represent the U.S. states and territories, this impressive national monument honors all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
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  • Mom777
    Tampa, Florida95 contributions
    Read about it before you visit!
    There is so much to learn about this memorial before you visit. You can google the facts, so much went into building this, there are several significant reasons about how and why they designed it. My grandfather from Pennsylvania served in the Pacific so I made sure to take a pic in front of the Pennsylvania part of the memorial while I was there.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 26, 2023
  • The Baobab Republic
    Bangkok, Thailand382 contributions
    Great place
    We can only know about World War II through books, movies, and media. But when present at this US National World War II Memorial, an emotion is also very uplifting. We wish peace to come to every home, every person, every country.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • allezgently
    St. Petersburg, Florida188 contributions
    Awesome!
    Some might be tempted to walk quickly down the ramp to the fountain area. Resist that temptation and examine the bronze bas-reliefs installed along the way. The artists have presented the many facets of the war in detail on these panels. Then walk the corridors under the 4 parts of the circle surrounding the fountain. The memorial reminds us of the scope and scale of the conflict that changed the world forever.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 3, 2023
  • dbinhou7511
    Houston, Texas1,646 contributions
    Elegant
    It is difficult to have a memorial that can truly encompass the world wide nature of the World War II and encompass the commitment from all parts of the US and its territories during the war. This memorial does well. Look for some the reliefs on the steps toward the Washington Memorial.
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Louise M
    Castle Rock, Colorado3,580 contributions
    Beautiful Memorial!
    This was one of my favorite things we did on our walking tour of the Washington DC Memorials. The World War II Memorial was stunning, and felt very accessible. My granddaughter and I took off our shoes and dangled our feet in the pond and really connected to the whole place.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Mili821
    Mumbai, India221 contributions
    Should visit once
    Quite a humbling experience when we go through the names on wall and understand the history a bit more. Just sitting by the pond, feet dipped in water will give needed peace. Its a quick trip between famous places so do stop by enjoy the peace.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • David H
    Bury, United Kingdom1,651 contributions
    Sadly becoming a leisure place
    I visited twice - once on the night tour and again whilst walking the Mall. Sadly, what should be a peaceful memorial to the fallen of WW2 has become something of a leisure facility, with people treating it as a water feature and playground with little respect for its true purpose. It is still worth walking round and reflecting on the memorials themselves, as well as enjoying the views both ways along the Mall.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Whitney D
    Racine, Wisconsin95 contributions
    Beautiful Memorial
    Another memorial on your main walk to visit several and this is another one you shouldn't miss. Its quite a site to see and you can really take your time to explore the memorial. Its breath taking and such an amazingly beautiful memorial. Its on your way from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Monument so if you like to walk, take you time to do so.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee2,315 contributions
    Stunning and a fitting tribute
    The World War II Memorial is a gorgeous memorial that's located at the end of the reflecting pool across from The Lincoln Memorial (near The Washington Monument). It had a fountain in the middle and is flanked by large pillars for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and smaller pillars for all of the states. It's shocking to think that this memorial was only completed in 2004 as it feels much older and feels like it was always there. It's one of my favorite memorials and one that I would visit every time I was in D.C.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written January 23, 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
The World War II Memorial is a gorgeous memorial that's located at the end of the reflecting pool across from The Lincoln Memorial (near The Washington Monument). It had a fountain in the middle and is flanked by large pillars for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and smaller pillars for all of the states. It's shocking to think that this memorial was only completed in 2004 as it feels much older and feels like it was always there. It's one of my favorite memorials and one that I would visit every time I was in D.C.
Written January 23, 2024
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Joanna S
Ohio15 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful memorial set between Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. We walked around at sunset and the pictures were amazing. Worth visiting!
Written January 5, 2024
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Whitney D
Racine, WI95 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Another memorial on your main walk to visit several and this is another one you shouldn't miss. Its quite a site to see and you can really take your time to explore the memorial. Its breath taking and such an amazingly beautiful memorial. Its on your way from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Monument so if you like to walk, take you time to do so.
Written October 22, 2023
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Rob M
Cheyenne, WY7,609 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Just like the other memorials, another beauty. What's amazing about all of them, they're free. Beautiful water feature and attention to detail on this one as well.
Written October 21, 2023
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GSM_uk
Crawley, UK44 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
As known to showcase the historical past, what’s captivates me are the people sitting around dipping there feet and legs in the fountain area to cool down from the hot weather when we visited. Originally from the Philippines to see some familiar places back home written in one of the landmarks in Washington DC ….
Written September 24, 2023
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MrMrsHappyR
Liverpool, UK1,168 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wow truly moving and inspiring monument dedicated to the brave people who fought for our freedom and democracy. Huge memorial which lists each of the USA States. There are also so l some memorable phrases from leaders such as Roosevelt
Written September 10, 2023
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Michael L
Watchung, NJ198 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Took the family to see this for our first time recently. We chose nighttime. Spectacular. And quite moving. A fitting tribute for those Americans who served and sacrificed for the cause of the Allies in WWII.
Written September 7, 2023
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,339 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Another really good monument. Dedicated to those Americans lost in the Second World War. It was nice to be able to sit down and enjoy the water, views and just the sheer magnificent of the place.
I particularly liked the wall of stars on the western side where each 4048 stars represents 100 soldiers who died or were MIA.
Written September 5, 2023
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Alberto Peroza
Charleston, SC130 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
For me, one of my favorites on this trip… it is a monumental show, well done and with many details, you have a lot to see, I really liked it
Written September 4, 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
I have to admit I was disappointed with the World War II memorial. It didn't instill any real sense of emotion or purpose. All the columns with the names of the states and territories that contributed in WWII... big deal... of course they all contributed. I also have mixed feelings about allowing people to wade and play in the pool. On one hand, it's nice to allow people the freedom to enjoy the pool (that freedom is, of course, part of the purpose of World War II). But on the other hand, allowing such behavior tends to diminish the solemnity of the memorial.
Written August 30, 2023
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