17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues
Photo credits: Rick Latoff / American Battle Monuments Commission
The National World War II Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of the WWII generation. The Memorial creates a distinct, evocative and serene tribute yet remains respectful and sensitive to its historic surroundings. The memorial designed by Friedrich St. Florian opened on April 29, 2004.
The memorial consists of 56 granite pillars, each 17 feet tall, arranged in a semicircle around a plaza with two 43-foot arches, on opposite sides. Two-thirds of the 7.4-acre site is landscaping and water. Each pillar is inscribed with the name of one of the 48 U.S. states of 1945, as well as the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The northern arch is inscribed with "Atlantic"; the southern one, "Pacific." A plaza sets at the center of the memorial which is 337 long by 240 feet wide and is sunken 6 feet below grade and contains a pool. A visitor walks along one of two walls (right side wall and left side wall) picturing scenes of the war at home and in the Pacific and European theaters r experience in bas-relief. The Freedom Wall is on the west side of the memorial, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war. In front of the wall lies the message "Here we mark the price of freedom".
Open: Memorial is open around the year though it may be secured for events celebrating National Independence Day.
Related Links: NPS National World War II Memorial Site