on January 9, 2007
Savings alert: This stop is FREE.The National World War II Memorial is one of the newest war memorials in Washington. Construction began in September 2001 and was completed in the Spring of 2004. It is dedicated in the memory of all those, alive and deceased, who fought in the war.One of the focal points at the memorial is the sea of gold stars. There are 4,000 stars, that each represent 400,000 Americans that sacrificed themselves in World War II. Thereby, each star represents 100 lives lost.There is reflecting pool in the middle of the monument. When we were there, however, it was not operating. Therefore, I can't speak to its beauty, but I would bet it is a wonderful looking fountain.Encircling the memorial are pillars representing the states and US territories where WWII veterans came from, as well as pillars noting "Atlantic" and "Pacific" which signify that the war was fought from both sides of the country.This memorial can touch almost everyone, as many of our grandparents, or parents, may have been involved in World War II. Even if they didn't pass away due to the conflict, they were still a part of it, and in many respects this monument recognizes their effort.The memorial is conveniently located along 17th Street, at the other end of the reflecting pool, opposite the Lincoln Memorial. This new addition to the monument landscape is a great one, and you could easily make a historic loop around the area, and hit the Lincoln Memorial, the WWII memorial, the Vietnam Wall, and the Washington Monument (which is across the street from the WWII).
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