Situated between the Rosslyn and Arlington National Cemetery Metro stations, near the US Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) War Memorial and the National Cemetery, this scenic memorial offers great views of the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument across the Potomac River. Its photogenic, 131-foot (40 m) tall open steel framed bell tower, which commemorates World War II and Dutch gratitude for American assistance in restoring Dutch liberty, has 50 bronze-alloy bells of varying sizes; its 50th bell was dedicated on 5 May 1995 (50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands). Glass encloses a bell-playing console at 83 feet (25.3 m) above the ground; a rectangular staircase leads up to it, but isn’t open to the public. Its stone plaza is 93 square feet (8.6 square m). A low lava stonewall encloses it. Although the grounds are spacious, this isn’t a playground, but a place of reflection and remembrance. Visited in late autumn, the fall foliage made the entire setting spectacular. Be sure to bring a camera!
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