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West Virginia, West Virginia
March 31, 2012
From journal Washington's National Mall
May 29, 2007
From journal Business Trip to Washington D.C.
January 9, 2007
From journal The Nation's Capitol on a Budget
June 30, 2005
The Pacific and European have theaters of operation with their major battles incribed in granite from a pool and fountain. Each state and territory that contributed or sent citizens into battle is noted. The most touching aspect of the memorial during our visit were the flowers and wreaths, with personal messages left in tribute by surviving veterans.
Combine this with a visit to the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietman Memorial. The closest Metro is the Smithsonian, so expect a significant walk. Since the Memorials are open 24/7, try for late afternoon or early evening if visiting in summer. Rangers are available until early evening.
From journal An Eight-Day Vacation in Washington, D.C.
April 14, 2005
Two main pavilions representing the Atlantic and Pacific theaters are on either side of the memorial, beautifully framing the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, depending on where you’re standing. Fifty-six granite pillars represent the U.S. states, districts, and territories that contributed to the war effort. A field of 4,000 golden stars each represents 1,000 lives that were lost: "Here we mark the price of Freedom," it says. Bas-relief panels commemorate the war effort, including the special effort made by the nation’s women.
It can get crowded during the day. The memorial is absolutely beautiful at night, too. Perhaps the best feature are the many WWII veterans who can be found there – hearing their stories is inspirational, and it's neat to see them treated like rock stars, getting well-deserved thanks from young and old alike. So go, remember the fallen, celebrate the living, and thank any veterans you encounter for saving the world.
From journal My Washington
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
December 29, 2004
Some critics of the memorial say it looks too German and are turned off by that considering they were our primary enemy in WW II. Looking at the memorial, they do have a point. The ground plan of the memorial has an oval reflecting pool surrounded by 50 slabs representing each state. On these pillars are large copper eagles, looking similar to the German wreaths on official seals. Also, there are two German-looking towers on the north and south sides of it, kind of a cross between France's Arch de Triumph and Berlin's Brandenberger Tor.
While I can see the argument of the critics, it doesn't bother me. I find this to be an attractive place and could see myself sitting on the steps one day, taking a breather and reading. Water is used frequently here, with pools and fountains all over the place. At night they light up the towers and fountains, and it is a nice view from the eastern side of the memorial and across the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial.
From journal Lincoln Bedroom? Yeah, right.
July 19, 2004
While you could make a day of visiting all the different memorials on the mall, elderly tourists might not be up for this. If we had driven a car, there's plenty of handicap parking. Since we didn't have a car, we simply took a cab to the site. It was easy to catch another cab after we were finished.
I had read reviews of the WWII Memorial as a cold, austere structure, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This was certainly not my impression. I prefer the word stately. After all, the subject matter requires a serious state of mind. On one side there is an arch for those Americans who fought in the Pacific like my own grandfather who was a sailor on the Enterprise. On the other side is an arch for those Americans who fought in Europe. Encircling giant fountains that flow in view of the Washington Monument, there are columns for each of the fifty states. Some of these columns have personal memorials laid beneath them, letters from the great grandchildren who never met their family's greatest hero.
Papa took a long moment gazing at the gold stars in the memorial's center that represent the American soldiers who died for the Great Cause. Looking at him standing erect in his dress slacks, white WWII Vet baseball cap, and button down shirt---this man almost three times my age---I couldn't help but wonder what was going on in his mind. I gazed on as his wife in a wheelchair beside him tenderly took his hand....
I am so grateful that my son was able to visit this place with one of his great grandfathers. I am so grateful for the men and women in our country who serve in the military. I stand in awe of them. I think this monument does a good job with showing them what the country feels about the sacrifices they've made for freedom: undying respect.
You could breeze through this site but don't. We took 20-30 minutes to linger.
From journal Washington DC with a WWII Veteran
by Travel'in Gal
November 29, 2008
From journal July 4th Holiday in Washington D.C.
October 7, 2006
From journal A Week in Washington D.C.
San Francisco, California
August 22, 2006