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World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.: 75 reviews and 216 photos

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The memorial was dedicated on May 29 2004, making it one of the newest memorials in Wachington DC. It is located between the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. The memorial is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Though the lighting is subdued at night to discourage visitors - and I wouldn't come here alone after dark.

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. As women who stayed behind began to fill roles traditionally filled by menfolk, and went to war themselves to serve as nurses at the warfront, World War II changed the way we viewed the world, and ourselves. . These people changed the way we think, live, and love.

One section had quotations specific to women at home during the war: THEY HAVE GIVEN THEIR SONS TO THE MILITARY SERVICES. THEY HAVE STOKED THE FURNACES AND HURRIED THE FACTORY WHEELS. THEY HAVE MADE THE PLANES AND WELDED THE TANKS, RIVETED THE SHIPS AND ROLLED THE SHELLS. (President Franklin D. Roosevelt )

WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS OF THE NATION, NOT AS WOMEN?THIS WAS A PEOPLE?S WAR, AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT. (Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby )

Current policitcal actions are rationalized with the following flagpole inscription: AMERICANS CAME TO LIBERATE, NOT TO CONQUER, TO RESTORE FREEDOM AND TO END TYRANNY

Regardless of your political beliefs, I found this memorial intriguing and a worthwhile stop during my day... if nothing else, nearby are one of the few bathroom stops along this end of the mall :) I took time to enjoy the fountains, read the inscriptions and snap some photos of the monument itself ........ there were quite a few folks here, all in their own place of remembrance. I was glad to have a place to officially pay my respects to my ancestors who served the US and the world, came home, and built lives of peace after seeing what war can do.

Address: Between Lincoln's Memorial / Washington Monument
Phone: 1-800-639-4WW2
Website: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/

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  • Updated Jan 24, 2006
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