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National World War II Memorial

17th Street NW, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington DC, DC 20006 (National Mall)
202-426-6841
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, 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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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

A somber place that reminded me in many ways of the sacrifice that so many made during this war. Divided into the Atlantic and Pacific theaters there are several of the inspiring thoughts of the leaders during that time carved into the walls. My visit was made so much more significant by the large number of Honor Flight veterans that... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This monument honors those that fought and died for this country during WWII and it is a special place with such important meaning to those who served.

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Norwalk, Iowa, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

In my opinion this is the biggest and powerful of the memorials. I like the Korean better but this is "the" memorial. Make sure to visit and give thanks to our veterans.

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Springfield, Ohio
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28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

This was the first time I was able to visit the WW II Memorial and it was such a moving experience. The pillars representing each state and the bronze wreaths held by doves at either end was amazing. The use of water was very well done. The quotes selected for the walls brought tears to my eyes. I highly recommend... More 

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Alpha Ohio
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Grantie walkways, pillars, fountains, large and imposing. Also a bit cold and impersonal. One star for each 4,000 dead... We could not know which star represented my wife's father who is buried in Cambridge England, having died in WWII. It appears time is not such much a healer as it is an eraser.

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Illinois
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

It took 60 years to built this outdated memorial that looks like just another large circular fountain built ages ago. It's a puzzle to me why the main element of this memorial is a set of pompous stellas symbolizing individual states. It fails to convey any sense of loss, of heroism, of sacrifice in modern language of art, unlike Korean... More 

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South Paris
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I think this was the most impressive of the memorials I visited. The water fountains are lovely. I didnt' realize that every state has a column with a symbolic wreath. Each theater of the War is honored and each country we fought in was memorialized. My favorite was the wall of gold stars 4000 of them, each representing 100 dead.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This memorial was being visited by lots of veterans from many countries on the day of our visit. It is a fitting tribute and well worth a visit.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It is a simple memorial monument but well done and worth seeing. Directly opposite the Lincoln Memorial on the other end of the reflecting pool.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A memorial long overdue to celebrate the Greatest Generation. Daytime or nightime are equally as great to visit and at Christmastime, beautiful wreaths line the interior of the memorial. Lovely.

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