World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial honors all who served at home and aboard during World War II. The centerpieces of the memorial are the Rainbow Pool and the memorial plaza. Two flags flank the entrance to the monument. Twenty-four bronze bas relief panels surrounding the Rainbow pool showcase Americans at home and aboard during the war. There are two pavilions at the memorial held up by four eagles holding a suspended victory laurel, symbolizing America's victory. Fifty-six pillars paying homage to the contribution given by each state, district, and Washington, D.C. to the winning effort form the outer edge of this monument. 

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Things To Do Near World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial is a solemn place to pay tribute to those who served during the war. The north side of the memorial highlights victory over the Axis powers in Europe, while the south side shows victory in the Pacific. Read the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Harry S Truman, author Walter Lord, and commanding officers of the U.S. military on the granite walls to learn more about World War II. Stand in front of the field of gold stars, where each star represents 100 soldiers who paid the ultimate price during the war; all sound seems to disappear because of the monument's design. Walk around the granite columns in order as they are placed according to the sequence that the state or procession became part of the United States. 

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How To Get To World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial is located about 1.8 miles from the White House. Walk in front of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and turn left at the corner to walk south on 17th Street Northwest. Continue until you cross Constitution Avenue. Make a slight left turn to continue on 17th Street Northwest. Look for the memorial on your right. 


1750 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

Fee: Entry fee $0

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