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“A fitting memorial for the "Greatest Generation"”

National World War II Memorial
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“A fitting memorial for the "Greatest Generation"”
Reviewed December 22, 2013

I found the National WWII Memorial to be very impressive, and very fitting to a generation who was humble and proud. Those who have loved ones who fought in WWII know that they never talked about it, so it was never about recognition. They volunteered because it was the right thing to do at the time. It was about duty, honor, and sacrifice. The families they left behind also made sacrifices by working in the factories and supporting the war effort however way they could. That's why this tribute to them is so appropriate. It's not over the top, but instead shows unity and structure. You can see that in the 56 pillars that represent each US state, territory, and commonwealth. The two arches represent the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war. The 4,048 gold stars on the Freedom Wall each represent a 100 (per star) of these brave Americans who died in the war effort. The design was well planned and cohesive. My only disappointment is that it took so long to honor these Americans. Those from that generation who are still around can enjoy it, but many of them (like my father) didn't live to see it. He knew it was being built but was unable to travel due to ailments. It's a shame because I know he would have wanted to see it. It's still nice (as a family member visiting the memorial) to see that they are being honored in a sophisticated way. Even if it's a little late for some.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing”
Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

This is very humbling and well worth visiting whilst in Washington. Lots of quotes on the walls and near to the other memorials too. Really liked it

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Newport News, Virginia
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“Watch Out for Arachnids”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

Worth seeing for what it represents, if nothing else. In striving to be all-inclusive—pillars for every state, lists of every major battle, small bronze plaques depicting every kind of warrior—creativity was sacrificed. It's simplicity is rather inelegant. Fountains are prominent, so it's unimpressive when the water's shut off in the winter. It returns to glory on summer nights, except that you'll spot cobwebs in the end-arches in your camera's LCD, then realize the columnspaces harbor more spiders and cocoons per square inch than the Amazon floor: truly disgusting. Still, it's better than nothing, and will be increasingly important by default as WWII history is forgotten.

Visited September 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Could have been better”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

For such an important conflict, the memorial could have been more dignified. This looks like a Roman arena where the victor is known beforehand. It was a bit of a letdown.

Visited December 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

Impressive monument!!! Unfortunately there was a construction area between this monument and the Lincoln Memorial, but it is still a great design and well laid out. Just need to get folks to keep their volume down and understand this is a solemn place and respect should be paid.

Visited December 2013
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