War Memorials to Visit in DC

Sightseeing tours in Washington, D.C. , can be organized around a variety of themes. For example, a Presidential Tour might visit the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. A Smithsonian tour would take you through the various museums on the National Mall. A customized tour that honors veterans and their service to our country would include at least the memorials below.

National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial took three years to build, and it was officially dedicated on April 29, 2004 by President George W. Bush. It stands at the east end of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall, and includes a central fountain surrounded by granite columns. The Freedom Wall of Gold Stars honors the lives that were lost during the war, and two towering pillars commemorate victories in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Covering 2.2 acres of land southeast of the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial contains a haunting set piece that evokes the realities of war: 19 statues, slightly larger than life size, represent a military squad on patrol. Polished black granite walls stretch out on either side, forming a V that points toward the Lincoln Memorial. At the tip of the V there is a circular Pool of Remembrance, inscribed with data on the numbers of soldiers missing, wounded, killed, and taken prisoner, both from the U.S. and the 22 U.N. countries who sent troops.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

This iconic memorial contains three parts: the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, the Three Soldiers statue, and the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. On the wall, the names of more than 58,000 soldiers who were killed or remain missing are inscribed across nearly 500 feet of black gabbro rock, with a nearby directory allowing visitors to locate specific names.

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