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National World War II Memorial
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

In my opinion, the World War II Memorial is the most beautiful memorial of them all and is a definite must see on a trip to DC!

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

The view of the WWII Memorial from a distance was beautiful and amazing. But, once inside it, I didn't really feel that same somberness that I experienced at the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. Unlike the simplicity of the other two memorials, the WWII Memorial was somewhat complex and some of its details slightly unnecessary. For example, I found the fifty-six pillars surrounding the memorial slightly insignificant because most of these states individually had no direct or personal connection to the war. It was really unnecessary to "honor" states of the United States in a memorial dedicated to a war fought by the world. Also, there wasn't really a good spot to commemorate or pay respect to all those who sacrificed their lives in the war since It was a big memorial site It was still amazing, though, to visit this memorial and see some of the WWII veterans reminiscing their past. Also, the memorial was under construction and the fountain was turned off as well when we visited on April 2013.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

The architecture of the monument is very detailed. The gold stars over the pool will give you a feeling of sadness for the fallen soldiers. When you walk into the pillars with the birds holding the wreathes you will want to stop and look at the masonry work on the ground and the metalwork above. Every state is listed and even when you enter the bricks have what I assume to be bronze scenes placed on them depicting soldiers. The fountains in the middle are beautiful, but the only problem is people treat it as a local swimming hole and desecrate the sanctity of the memorial. If you do happen to visit please be mindful to treat the monument with respect as it is for the men and women who fought bravely for this country. Its a shame when you see children running around screaming and the parents do nothing to stop them as you see an elderly gentleman hobble past with a WWII veteran hat on.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Lots of symbolism and history here that was new to me. We had an app for a DC monuments tour that had good background. It explained 'Kilroy was here' and said to look for it around the memorial, and my teens had fun with that. Definitely worth visiting.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

I was in DC in 2004 and this memorial was under construction. It was amazing to see it fully constructed. I loved seeing all the states represented and the fountains in the center. It is also neat how one side is the Pacific and the other Atlantic. My grandfather fought in WW II in the pacific and he died before this memorial was constructed. He would have loved it.

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