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.
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