These Memorials are open to the public 24 hours a day. I highly recommend seeing them both in the daylight, and lit up at night. Park service employees are on duty during the day to answer questions.
The WWII Memorial is simply beautiful. Brilliantly white columns, cooling fountains and a view of famous monuments to the east and west make it visually stunning. 400,000 men and women who perished and 16 million who served during this war are honored in this memorial. The Memorial was funded almost entirely by private donations.
The Korean War Memorial statues of soldiers represent the Army, Navy, Marines and Airforce working together. A mural stands to their right, with sandblasted photos honoring those who gave support such as medical, supply, and spiritual. Over 54,000 American lives were lost, and honored with the inscription, "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."
More than 58,000 American men and women were killed in the Vietnam War. The sheer number of names inscribed on the granite Wall is overwhelming. The personal notes, photos and mementos left at the base of the wall make this Memorial more personal than the others. This memorial was designed to be a place to reflect and contemplate, and it achieves that goal. The crowd gets quiet and thoughtful as each person slowly walks along the wall, feeling the names etched into the Wall. Tears of sorrow and gratitude can hardly be held back.