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- When we visited Arlington Memorial for the day, we didn't get anywhere near this place, because it's accessed by a separate entrance. However, it's a memorial to the men who captured Iwo Jima from the Japanese Army in WW2, after capturing the Philippines and before the landing at Okinawa. The sculpture is based on the award winning photo taken by a war correspondent as marines captured Mount Suribachi at one end of the island during a famous and bloody battle.
We took guided evening tour and this was our final stop of the evening. At night the place is lit by floodlights which adds to the atmosphere. Anyone interested in WW2 should pay their respects here.Written July 25, 2022
- Very happy we added this to our day. It was a very long walk in the worst heat but was worth it. It's a very nice, calm and quiet memorial for that tragic day. It also led to great conversation and reflection from our teenagers.Written August 5, 2022
- What an amazing sight. You can see this from most anywhere in D.C. The pillars are 400 ft high. This location also offers some great views back to the city. It has some information scattered around the area as well. Just a nice memorial that stands out in design.
Overall, I had seen this while in the area and I was glad I finally stopped to see what it was.Written June 30, 2022
- [Mon., June 06, '22] Today is the 78th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, and this Year is the 25th Anniv. of this Memorial...and on such a beautifully sunny warm day, I went to visit my Mother's grave next door at the Arlington National Cemetery in Ft. Myers, VA/DC.
The Military Womens' Memorial is located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, and is a BEAUTIFUL 2-story white marble structure (that has FREE Admission). Call ahead for limited parking at Arlington National (unless you're taking the close-by Metro...easy peasy...). Although I'm not sure if the entrance is wheel-chair accessible, the Memorial displays are, as are the Restrooms & Gift Shoppe.
TAKE THE ELEVATOR UP TO THE 2ND FLOOR OUTDOOR TERRACE (weather permitting) -- 'WoW!'...what a BEAUTIFUL view of DC & some Monuments on one side, and the Lee House & Cemetery on the other side...Incredible...take & send pics!
The marble corridor lined displays pay Tribute to Women in the Service from the 1700's through the present, with genuine artifacts. Each case is a mini history lesson (so Teachers...bring your classes...)
Make an enjoyable and worthwhile 1/2 Day outing out of your trip here; visit this Women's Military Service Memorial, AND Arlington National Cemetery. Go to BOTH of their Gift Shoppes and get Post Cards to send Family & Friends...so much more meaningful than just a text.
Do you know a Woman who served in the U.S. Military? If so, please have Her Service recorded at this Memorial...what a Great way to Honour a Great Woman (I think that may be FREE?!?!?)
Check out their Websites for Hours of Operation, Directions, and other info you need to plan a fun & successful, safe trip. You can buy water there, but bring your own bottle (and Sun protection) and fill up at the water fountains near the accessible bathrooms. The Cemetery and surrounding Memorial grounds has a guided tram tour available, FREE to military members in uniform ('Than You' for your Service).
Expect Summer Tourist Season to be a bit more crowded, so make and take adequate time. It was nice to see young tour groups at the Womens' Memorial today. I think you can also rent areas for special gatherings (Scouts, Sports, Graduations, Weddings???). GO! DO! BE! SEE! Experience a beautiful memory to the Women who served (and still do) our Country -- and get them in the Registry. Enjoy! :-)
[While you're out there -- stop by for a beautiful stroll on nearby 'Roosevelt Island' on southbound G. W. Parkway, or drop by the short-term lot at Reagan National Airport, go in and get lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl...if you have never had it, you are missing out on a Local Legend!]Written June 6, 2022
- Nice location and it can be on the tour if there is not a memorial service at the time of your tour. Take time to find it.Written October 23, 2018
- When visiting Arlington National Cemetery this memorial Cross of Sacrifice stands in every Commonwealth war cemetery. It commemorates the Americans who served in the Canadian Armed Forces in the First and the Second World War and the Korean War. Recommended to take the trolley tour - this Cemetery is large.Written October 8, 2019
- This is a statue in the Arlington Cemetery. It is up by what used to be Robert E. Lee's house, and we passed it on the way to the changing of the guard. On the side it says it is in memory of a distinguished solider from New Jersey. A couple of unique things about this statue is you will see he only has one arm, as he would have had only one arm while fighting in the civil war. It is said that he would often hold his horse reigns in his mouth during battle. This is one of two equestrian statues in Arlington.
Overall, this is rather unique once you know the story of why he only had one arm.Written June 30, 2022
- During a recent visit to Arlington National Cemetery, I came upon a round monument. Closer examination showed it was dedicated to the 270 people who lost their lives in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988. Officially known as the Lockerbie Memorial Cairn, it was a gift from the people of Scotland and was financed through private donations. There were 189 Americans on board. Fittingly, the memorial is made of 270 red blocks of sandstone made by a quarry that provided stones for the base of the Statue of Liberty. The memorial is located in a portion of Arlington Cemetery’s Section 1, just in front of the cemetery's Old Administration Building. It is difficult to read the words on the base so I am sharing them here: "On 21 December 1988, a terrorist bomb destroyed Pan American Airlines Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all on board and 11 on the ground. The 270 Scottish stones which compose this memorial cairn commemorate those who lost their lives in this attack against America."Written June 9, 2021
- I was surprised to see this Korean War Memorial in front of an old apartment building - the Randolph Towers - on a side street in Clarendon.
The Memorial is a circular black marble fountain with narrative text describing the key events of the Korean War with associated scenes depicted in bas relief plaques. It's not elaborate, but it's well-done and provides a good summary about the conflict and why America fought there.
Subsequent research indicated that the Memorial commemorates Syd Albrittain, the developer of the property. His name is engraved on the Memorial.Written April 3, 2021
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