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National World War II Memorial

17th Street NW, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20006 (National Mall)
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Ranked #15 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Central Coast NSW
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A fantastic memorial to WW2, all 50 states represented, Atlantic and Pacific theatres, so much to see in one place, and at the middle of Lincoln and the Washington monuments so many photo opportunities. Superb.

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Alexandria, VA
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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This hug memorial to those who served in World War II stands between the Lincoln and Washington Monuments at the end of the Reflecting Pool. Controversial for its design and its place between the two presidents, it highlights all of the states and some of the territories from which soldiers came to serve in the War with a series of... More

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New Delhi, India
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23 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This monument in memory of national heroes of World War II has been done exceedingly well. It is beautiful, very centrally located and one can see from here the Lincoln memorial and the Washington monument. The waterfalls, the structures, the lawns make the memorial beautiful.

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Boxford, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My sons gravitated toward this memorial, which is lit up very dramatically at night. It's very large, reflecting the vastness of WW2. Later a tour bus driver told us it's the one war that troops from all 50 states participated in. Each state is represented with a column.

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Ada, Oklahoma
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Definitely something to experience. We saw it with a night time walking tour about dusk. It is so beautiful and contemplative. I enjoyed hearing all the back ground information from the tour guide to help me understand all the symbolism.

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Kitchener Ontario
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It's hard to imagine the landscape without this beautiful memorial. Sitting in between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and at the head of the reflecting pool, this is a great remembrance of terrible time.

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El Ejido, Spain
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Monument is divided in two parts (Pacific and Atlantic) because it was fought in these two theatres. The design is a bit "in your face" and some complained that this monument interrupts the view of Lincoln Memorial from the Washington Memorial, but I think it is a positive addition to the Mall. The Freedom Wall ( wall full of... More

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East Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

If you start your visit to the mall at the washington memorial this will be one of the most visible memorials you will see. It is beautifully set out and commemorates the wars and the countries and people who fought. It is very calm, peaceful and very well thought our and you can easily sit here and reflect. There are... More

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

You have to see it. But, it is a memorial that doesn't really tell what we did, what we fought against. We made the world safe. I personally thought that the inscriptions were not as good as they could have put there. There is some controversy about Roosevelt's declaration of war where he ended with "So help us g-d". The... More

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San Diego, California
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This is simply beautiful at every angle. It looks fantastic from a distance, but you need to approach and enter the ring to read all the tribulations and information. Your heart will melt. It is very touching and reminds you of the sacrifices that were made and the unselfish dedication our military exhibit.

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