World War II Memorial

National Memorial - District of Columbia

The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a square and fountain, it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

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Official visitor map of National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington D.C. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Mall and Memorial Parks - National Heritage Areas

Official visitor map of National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington D.C. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Official Visitor Map of Civil War Defenses of Washington in District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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Official Visitor Map of George Washington Memorial Parkway (MEMPKWY) in Virginia and District of Columbia. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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https://www.nps.gov/wwii/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_Memorial The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. Consisting of 56 pillars and a pair of small triumphal arches surrounding a square and fountain, it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Through stone architecture and bronze sculptures, the World War II Memorial recognizes the ways Americans served, honors those who fell, and recognizes the victory they achieved to restore freedom and end tyranny around the globe. GPS Coordinates: 38.889413, -77.040553 Address: 1750 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. Nearest Intersection: 17th St. & Independence Ave. SW A Field of Stars Close up of Gold Stars in the Memorial Paying honor to those that paid the ultimate price. Lady Freedom Walking A close up of one of the Lady Freedom markers One of the two plaques showing a nation answering the call to defend freedom The World War II Memorial at night The World War II Memorial at night The World War II Memorial at night WWII Memorial WWII Memorial panoramic shot A nation pays honor in the center of the capital city to the greatest generatioin Aerial view of World War II Memorial Aerial view of stone columns around an oval-shaped pool at the World War II Memorial. 56 columns represent the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories at the time of World War II. National Mall and Memorial Parks - 2018 Partnership Report Our generous partners and volunteers provided more than $34 million in philanthropic contributions in 2018 helping us fund preservation projects, programs, commemorations, and celebrations. Aerial photo of the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool National Park Getaway: National Mall & Memorial Parks National Mall and Memorial Parks is a diverse national park with distinctive sites that excite and enchant visitors while they learn the history of our nation. Begin your journey through “America’s Front Yard,” home to some of the nation's more iconic memorials located in the heart of the nation's capital. Cherry blossoms framing the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the distance June: A Month of Milestones The times are a changin’, and there’s no better time to honor those moments of change than in June. Over the course of America’s history, the month of June is filled with cultural changes, and some seasonal ones too. So just before the season changes and summer begins, take some time to visit these parks that commemorate extraordinary moments. Painting of suffragist on a horse D-Day 75th Anniversary The beaches are now quiet in Normandy, France but seventy-five years ago soldiers heard the shriek of artillery, the crack of gunfire, and the cries of the wounded. On that day, June 6, 1944, the outcome of World War II hung in the balance. The seemingly invincible Nazis had occupied the Europe for the past five years. When the day closed, the "beginning of the end," as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill described the invasion, had started. Black and white photo of the D-Day invasion. V-E Day On May 7, 1945 the Allied forces accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany in Reims, France. Memorial Day - Over 150 Years of Remembrance When did the first Memorial Day happen? The answer is a lot more complicated than you think! Black and white image, in memoriam is on a sign on top of American Flag buntings on a bandstand. The World War II Memorial in Washington DC: An Interpretive Guide Thousands of veterans who served in World War II witnessed the formal dedication of the memorial. Designed by the former chief of the Rhode Island School of Design, Friedrich St. Florian, the memorial illustrates the clear relationship between the home front and the battle front, as Americans at home and those fighting abroad relied upon each other’s support in this defining moment of the 20th Century. aerial view of the World War II Memorial The World War II Home Front An extremely important, but sometimes overlooked, aspect of World War II was America’s overwhelming home front effort. The contributions of millions of stateside Americans to the war effort is commemorated in the World War II Memorial. Woman with sleeves rolled up saying "We Can Do It!" Memorials for the Future Memorials for the Future, is a competition that aims to rethink the way we develop and experience memorials in Washington, D.C. Memorials for the Future Logo Sacrificing for the Common Good: Rationing in WWII During World War II, the United States government created a system of rationing, limiting the amount of certain goods that a person could purchase. Sacrificing certain items during became the norm for most Americans. Bronze wreath on a stone column War Bonds United States citizens’ purchase of government securities during the war made possible the herculean efforts on the battle fronts and the factories and farms of the home front. Norman Rockwell Pearl Harbor and the WWII Memorial The World War II Memorial captures the shock and response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Bas relief of three people tuning an old-fashioned radio National Mall and Memorial Parks - 2019 Partnership Report Our generous partners and volunteers provided more than $34 million in philanthropic contributions in 2018 helping us fund preservation projects, programs, commemorations, and celebrations. Aerial photo of the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool National Parkway Getaway: World War II Memorial Commemorating one of the most honorable displays of American resolve and sacrifice, the World War II Memorial remembers and celebrates the members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America who served their country bravely during the Second World War and those on the home front who diligently supported war efforts. Memorial columns around a fountain at night Battle of the Bulge Burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery One out of every ten American casualties fell during the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945, amounting to over 100,000 Americans killed, wounded, or missing. While the dead were initially interred overseas, many were brought home after the war at the request of their family members. Some of them were interred in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. snow covers a line of headstones, each marked with a wreath. World War II Burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Gettysburg National Cemetery, the site of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and final resting place of over 3,500 Federal Civil War dead, expanded by over 500 burials as soldiers were brought back from overseas and buried closer to home. rows of military headstones with a backdrop of trees D-Day Burials in Gettysburg National Cemetery Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 500 WWII casualties, thirteen of whom, all Pennsylvanians, lost their lives during the Normandy Landings--D-Day, June 6th, 1944. a row of US government-issue gravestones with American flags in front of them. Explore DC’s national parks with a new, free app Navigate to popular destinations, get up-to-date information and discover lesser-known parks. With nearly 800 points of interest, the app includes the National Mall, President's Park, Rock Creek Park, Anacostia Park, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Wolf Trap, Arlington House, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Frederick Douglass NHS, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS, Carter G. Woodson NHS, and hundreds more. National Park Service logo with Washington Monument and other memorials. Series: World War II and the Gettysburg National Cemetery Originally conceived as a national cemetery for the Federal dead after the battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg National Cemetery is the final resting place of over 500 American service personnel who gave the last full measure during World War II. A row of US government-issue headstones with American flags marking them. A Very Roosevelt Christmas In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt found his perfect Christmas tree from a tiny island in Maine, just two days after Pearl Harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt and family in front of the Saint Croix Christmas tree in 1941. Plan Like a Park Ranger: Top 10 Tips for Visiting the National Mall Memorial Day weekend usually marks the beginning of the summer travel season. Across the country, friends, families, and individuals will head out to enjoy adventures and make memories. Of course, national parks - including the National Mall - are popular destinations. To help you #PlanLikeAParkRanger, we're offering our Top 10 tips to help you on your next National Mall visit. Text reading Series: African American History at Gettysburg Abraham Brian, Basil Biggs, James Warfield, and Mag Palm are just a few of the many individuals that were affected by the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg, and each has their own story to tell. We have collected their stories in one place so that you can learn more about their various trials during this tumultuous time in American history. A black and white photograph of a black family posing with a white man and his horse in a dirt road. Sea Level Rise in the DC Area Learn about current and projected rates of sea level rise in the greater DC area, based on local water level data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) A tall white cylinder attached to a wooden pier with Hains Point in the background. PT Boats of World War II: From Home Front to Battle PT (Patrol, Torpedo) boats were small, fast, and expendable vessels for short range oceanic scouting, armed with torpedoes and machine guns for cutting enemy supply lines and harassing enemy forces. Forty-three PT squadrons, each with 12 boats were formed during World War II by the U.S. Navy. PT boat duty was very dangerous and the squadrons suffered an extremely high loss rate in the war. About a dozen men, some shirtless, standing in small groups on deck of boat with flag and guns. Submarines in World War II Submarines played a critical role in the Allied success of World War II. Learn about American, German, and Japanese submarines in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Photo of a long, narrow submarine above water, at a dock. Richmond Tripp Interview Richmond J. Tripp was an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class during World War II. He worked on the USS Ranger and USS Mission Bay, mostly in the Atlantic Theater. He was on a date when he heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tripp enlisted in the Navy shortly thereafter and was placed on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger with about 5,000 other people. Listen to his interview to learn about his World War II experience. large ship with six airplanes, some vehicles, and many people on deck. NAMA Notebook: Memorial Day Looking for end-of-year projects that use a multidisciplinary approach? Here are some ideas to incorporate the history and symbolism of Memorial Day using sites and stories from the National Mall. Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall with five wreaths in front, row of flags above A Season of Hardship and Struggle: Eisenhower's World War II Christmases For soldiers, especially during wartime, Holiday joy and the comfort of hearth and home are often a very far cry away. This was true as well for General Dwight Eisenhower who experienced several Christmases away from his loving wife and son during the great conflict of World War II. However, there were still glimpses of normalcy and holiday cheer that pushed their way through to the fighting men even during the bloody acts of war. General Dwight Eisenhower seated in his headquarters in Algiers. A United Force: Eisenhower and AAF Strategy for Operation Overlord Dwight Eisenhower's ability to manage multiple commanders and forces did not only apply to ground troops in World War II. Managing the war in the skies above Europe proved equally as important and challenging for Eisenhower and the Allies. Explore this story further here. A black and white image of General Eisenhower seated at a desk with flags in the background "Spine of Steel": Mamie Eisenhower in World War II During World War II, while Dwight Eisenhower ascended to high command and fame, he relied heavily upon his wife, Mamie. Mamie Eisenhower served in her own way during the war, persevering through trials and tribulations to support her husband and her country. a black and white image of Mamie Eisenhower Eisenhower in 1943 1943 was a year of maturation, flexibility, and lessons learned for General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Explore Eisenhower's growth as a commander during the North Africa and Sicily Campaigns with this article. A black and white image of Dwight Eisenhower sitting in uniform reading a letter Series: Eisenhower in World War II When the United States entered WWII, Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Chief of Staff for the Third Army. Less than four years later, he was a 5-star general who commanded millions of soldiers, sailors, and airmen from a broad Allied coalition. Eisenhower became one of the most influential generals in American history. Learn about Ike's rise to prominence and his wartime service and leadership through this series of articles. A black and white image of General Eisenhower standing amidst a crowd of U.S. paratroopers. Eisenhower in 1942 1942 was a year of extraordinary development and growth for Dwight D. Eisenhower. During that year, Ike brought stability to the early U.S. War effort. Before there was the seasoned and confident Eisenhower of 1944, there had to be the Eisenhower of 1942. A black and white image of General Eisenhower and two other officers at the War Department in 1942 A Day When Everything Changed- Dwight Eisenhower and the Attack on Pearl Harbor On December 7, 1941, Dwight Eisenhower was a fifty-one-year-old Bvt. Brigadier General at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. The events of that day would forever change both Eisenhower’s life and the course of world history. Black and white photo of the wreckage of the USS Arizona protruding from the water of Pearl Harbor

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