The World War II Memorial is one of the newer memorials in Washington, DC. Dedicated in 2004, the memorial honors all those who served in the US military during World War II and all those who supported the war effort on the home front.
Designed by Freidrich St. Florian, the memorial consists of 56 pillars, 2 arches, a plaza, a pool with fountains and a wall of stars – each of which represents 100 Americans killed during the war. Construction on the memorial began in September 2001, and was completed in the spring of 2004.
Here are some of our favorite photographs of the World War II Memorial:
World War II Memorial – Atlantic Arch (c) 2004 William Lawrence
Bill took this photo before dawn one morning – this was when we discovered that while the pillars are nicely it, the Atlantic and Pacific Arches aren’t lit at night.
Bill stood along the side of Reflecting Pool to take this photograph of the Atlantic Arch just as the sun was rising. The Old Post Office can be seen in the distance.
This photograph of the Pacific Arch shows not only the arch, but the bronze eagle and wreath sculpture by Raymond Kaskey.
Kilroy Was Here (c) 2005 Patty Hankins
In tribute to the famous World War II cartoon graffiti Kilroy was Here – this graphic image is carved in at least two places on the World War II Memorial.
The World War II Memorial is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The best way to see the Memorial is to take the Metro to the Smithsonian Station on the Orange and Blue Lines – and walk over to the Memorial from there. The only parking available near the Memorial is reserved for people with handicapped decals. Everyone else has to hunt for parking on the streets of DC. The World War II Memorial is open 24 hours a day. There is no fee charged to visit the Memorial.
So far – we haven’t had any problems using a tripod at the World War II Memorial. If you visit during the day – you are more likely to find the Memorial to be crowded and encounter problems using a tripod.