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National World War II Memorial

Address: 17th Street NW, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20006 (National Mall)
Phone Number: 202-426-6841
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Biking, Canoeing, City walk sightseeing, Dining, Drinking, Golfing, Group tours/bus tour, Group tours/city tour, Group tours/walking tour, Hiking, Jogging, Kayaking, Motor-boating, Nightlife, People-watching, Running, Shopping, Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Biking, Canoeing, City walk sightseeing, Dining, Drinking, Golfing, Group tours/bus tour, Group tours/city tour, Group tours/walking tour, Hiking, Jogging, Kayaking, Motor-boating, Nightlife, People-watching, Running, Shopping, Swimming, Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Perth, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

One of the largest memorials (as far as land coverage) Truly beautiful, and surprisingly peaceful. it takes a bit of time to walk around, and apparently it looks amazing at night, by all reports. A fantastic opportunity to look up relatives who served. *good toilet facilities*

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

probably nicer in the spring/summer when the fountains are operational, the water was off in January

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Washington DC
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156 reviews 156 reviews
15 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My dad and his brothers took their last surviving WWII family member- Uncle Eugene. Of the 5 brothers who served he was the only one still alive to see it. He died recently. Watching him walk around- especially in the Pacific part (because that's where he served) was amazing. In his eyes you could see memories and emotions he'd probably... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

One of the newest and my favorite memorial. Its the best in the summer but take the time to listen to the significance of the unique features of the memorial.

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Weston, Connecticut
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

It's big, but that's about it. It doesn't evoke the same emotional response as the Vietnam or Korean war memorials. You might as well see it while you're there, but if you're short on time, or tired, this would just be a nice to have.

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Gladstone, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The fountains were shut down during the winter visit, but the monument and memorial was long overdue. My father a WWII Iwo Vet would have been happy to have known that those that gave so much with so little recognition were finally honored.

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Manassas, Virginia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
33 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Very well done, humbling and a tribute to WW vets. Each time we go, I seem to find something I missed last time. It's beautifully laid out and enjoyable to visit.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a large circular open space surrounded by panels representing each state and territory. Young children will enjoy looking for their home state.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

A well thought out monument to the many who died in World War II on both great oceans, with all 50 states finding space. I was lucky to have a group of visiting school kids render the National Anthem, which added to the beauty of the moment.

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Montana
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28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you are site seeing in DC, take sometime to see this memorial. The Asian and Pacific monuments are a must see - along with all of the state for each as well. A great historical memorial!

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