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“Impressive”

National World War II Memorial
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New York City, New York
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Impressive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

A large monument with a lot of thought given to the sequence of events, and the different locations involved in the war. The size and symmetry of it are immediately impressive. Then you start reading the various quotes that appear on the Atlantic and Pacific sides. I found myself going back to the many panels of metal relief sculptures along the way, looking closer at the details of each scene. Facial expressions and body language frozen in time. I was not expecting such fine artwork. Words cannot do justice to the wall of stars with each star representing 100 lives.

This monument was at first impressive because of it's large size and well-thought out design, but it ended up being impressive because of the smaller details that became apparent the longer you stayed. Besides honoring the brave soldiers of WWII, this memorial also included the war effort on the home front, an era when those at home (regardless of wealth and social status) made sacrifices and contributions to keep the country running.

Visited December 2013
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Dallas, TX
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“WW II Memorial a must see. Nice place for quiet contemplation.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is a beautiful monument. Too bad it was built too late for my parents, both WW II vets, to see it.

Visited December 2013
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Irby, United Kingdom
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“Poignant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

This large space somehow seems a little impersonal but at the same time invokes the sense of pride that Americans show for their fallen servicemen. It is well positioned on the Mall between the Monument and the Lincoln memorial.
There is also a Navy memorial on Pensylvania Avenue and a further small, beautiful (flying seabirds) memorial to all seafarers (mostly unvisited) on the banks of the Potomac just north of the George Mason Bridge (Pentagon side of river)

Visited November 2013
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“Don't let your Greatest Generation family member miss seeing this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

My Dad, US Army, Pacific Theater, WW II, missed seeing this spectacular memorial. Particularly if your parents, grandparents, aunt or uncle, are World War II Veterans, do them and yourself a huge favor and bring them here.

Visited December 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Stunning!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

The Memorial is by far the most beautiful one in the park. The fountains, the marble and all the inscriptions take your breath away and a tear to you eye as your heart swells with pride and sorrow for our "Greatest Generation".

Visited November 2013
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