on May 29, 2007
One of the newest Memorials in Washington D.C. having only been dedicated on Memorial Day 2004, the WWII Memorial is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who served and to those who died in the greatest struggle in the 20th century. Ground was broken for the Memorial in September 2001 at the former site of the Rainbow Pool and construction was completed three years later. At the center of the Memorial is a pool with a fountain in the middle and granite opposing arches on either end. The North Arch is dedicated to the Atlantic Theater of the war and the South Arch is dedicated to the Pacific Theater. With pillars for every state and U.S. territory that committed troops to the fighting, the monument, though simple is a great testimony to those who fought and died in the war. In fact, there is a wall that is solely dedicated to those who dies with 4,048 golden stars adorning it, one for every 100 American deaths in the war with a motto,"Here we mark the price of freedom."I found the Memorial to be a very fitting tribute to America's Greatest Generation that won the war. Somber in mood and treated as such by those who visit, it is a powerful reminder of what occurs when we do not fight against aggression, repression and tyranny in the modern world until it is too late.I highly recommend the World War II Memorial for a visit to reflect on that historic war and its repercussions.
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