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National World War II Memorial
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War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery Tour
Ranked #20 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It would be hard to make a memorial that does justice to the greatest generation, but this one does. It's beautiful, inclusive, and peaceful.

Thank MamaAyinde
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard that the monuments were even more impressive at night. This was true of the national World War II Memorial. All the states were represented in the order they joined the union. The lights reflecting off the memorial as well as the fountains were a beautiful peaceful sight.We were are able to walk the path from the Lincoln memorial to this memorial easily. Make sure to have your camera handy.

Thank boysma
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But it looks like it was built during Mussolini’s era. It was a long time coming and the result is underwhelming

Thank 73niniane
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a brief stop in DC and stopped to see the WW2 memorial as my Dad fought in WW2 as well as my wife's uncle. Very nicely done with each State represented. Of course, I had to take a picture with Texas. A great way to honor our WW2 veterans. They also listed the major fighting areas and they had the one my Dad was in Alsace - Lorraine, near the France - German border. You also get a nice view of the Washington Monument from here. Stop by and have a look.

Thank Ron K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike the other monuments in the National Mall, this is much more traditional and formal. It’s all arches and pillars and grand design, reflecting I suppose, the vast scale of WWII.
Compared to the other memorials, I found this one a little impersonal. It didn't have the same emotional impact that the Korean or Vietnam War Memorials did and it was difficult to relate to it on a personal or emotional level.
It helped to know a few of the design details because I found that the symbolism wasn't immediately obvious otherwise. For example:
• the two main arches at either end symbolise the Pacific and Atlantic areas of fighting
• the 56 pillars represent the United States & the territories
• the wall with stars is the Freedom Wall - each of the 4,048 gold stars represents 100 American soldiers who died or were missing
Look out for the small bronze relief panels on the walls that show scenes of different wartime activities. These give you a bit more insight into the lives of people during the war. There are 24 of them but even if you just look at a few, they help a little to bring WWII to life.
We were there in February and the fountain was not running, probably because it was winter and the pools had been drained. It probably has quite a different impact in summer.
For the full effect of the National Mall, I would recommend allocating time to do the whole walk and visiting all of the monuments. However, if you only have time to see a few memorials, you could skip this one and instead opt for the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean War Veteran Memorials and the Martin Luther King Monument which are quite close together.
Entry is free but do it on a clear day if you can. On a wet day, there is nowhere much to shelter.

Thank Mairwen1
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