US War Memorials - Washington DC
World War 2 Memorial
National World War II Memorial
The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces during the war and the 400,000 Americans that died in a war that worldwide claimed more than 70 million casualties. The National World War II Memorial was dedicated in May 2004. Operated by the National Park Service, it was designed to be “a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation and to the broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world.” In 2001, a national competition was held to determine who would design the memorial. Almost all the funds for the National World War II Memorial were raised from private donations. The memorial received more than $197 million in cash and pledges including $16 million from the federal government.
Compared to many of the other memorials located in the nation’s capital, the World War II Memorial seems massive. It sits on a 7.4 acre (3 ha) site and measures approximately 337 feet long by 240 feet wide (103 x 73 meter).The memorial, which sits about 6 feet or approx 2 meter below grade, includes 56 identical white pillars arranged in 2 semi-circles, each pillar bearing the name of the 48 states that were part of the U.S. during World War II. There’s also one for the territories of Alaska and Hawaii as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. On the northern side is an arch dedicated to the Atlantic theater and on the other side is an arch inscribed with the word “Pacific”, paying tribute to the battles staged there. Kaskey also designed the wreaths and brass eagles under those arches. In addition, he created 24 bas-relief panels depicting not only specific battles but also the war effort at home, with titles such as “shipbuilding” and “women in military". In the center of the plaza is the “Rainbow Pool” with its attractive semi-circular fountains. Flagpoles frame the entrance to the memorial and bases of granite and bronze are adorned with the military service seals of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Forces, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The 9-foot-high (3m) Freedom Wall, decorated with 4,043 gold stars, completes the picture and commemorates those who lost their lives in the war, with one star for each 100 soldiers who died.
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The Rainbow Pool
George Washington Memorial from WW2 Memorial
The Freedom Wall, decorated with 4,043 gold stars
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