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    Momentos of the WWII

    by Yaqui Updated Feb 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: When you visit the WWII Memorial you might come across some wonderful mementos of photographs, flowers, hats, and so many other things left behind in remembrance to those lost or those who have survived. The day we were there, a lovely photgraph of Jean and Abram Goldsworthy was left next to the Atlantic Pavilion.

    Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC and dedicated to our 16 million men and women who served and over 400,000 who sacrificed their lives during this conflict from 1939 to 1945. The memorial was dedication was on May 29th, 2004. This memorial has another place in my heart because my mother served during this conflict as a WAC in France and England and boarded the Queen Mary in Scotland, which took her to New York then boarded a train to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

    Open All Year

    Closures
    December 25th. Memorial may be secured for events celebrating National Independence Day.

    Here is a great site to learn more about this conflict. A very good site. The World at war, history WW 1939-1945

    1-800-639-4WW2
    17 th street and Constitution Avenue
    Between Lincoln's Memorial / Washington Monument
    WWII Memorial

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    History speaking in solemn atmosphere

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 10, 2006

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    THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES BUILDING
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    Favorite thing: We had to wait over one hour in a line to enter the National Archives Building. But I can't complain about that, never. I am very happy to visit this unforgettable place.

    First, we were let in the newly open William G. McGowan Theatre to watch an interesting movie on the history of the most important documents stored in the National Archives and about their preservation which was great introduction into the exhibition. Then we had to wait a bit in front of highly decorated, partly gold fence with a gate leading to the round large hall called Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom and decorated with murals showing twenty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Visitors are let in one by one and asked to keep silence and steady move in clockwise direction. The most important documents, the originals are displayed in heavy lighted glass cases along the rotunda's walls including the three highlights placed centrally:
    - the Constitution of the United States of America
    - the Bill of Rights
    - the Declaration of the Independence.
    Despite long line behind us we were moving quite slow as everyone wanted to see, read and some to take a picture (no flash) of the highllights. There is something very touching in solemn atmoaphere of this place.

    It was a good idea to pay a short visit to the National Archives and see personally these world's famous documents although a new exhibit called the Public Vaults was not open yet in October 2004. Now, additional over 1,000 records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings are displayed.

    More details and pictures in my Things To Do tips # 64 - 89. Start here, please.

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    World War II Victory Medal

    by Yaqui Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Favorite thing: There is a huge bronze sculpture located on the floor of the WWII Memorial. Many may not know what the significance of this emblem. It is the WWII Victory Medal for service in the US Armed Forces between 07 Dec 1941 and 31 Dec 1946. My mother has this medal.

    Description: The bronze medal is 1 3/8 inches in width. On the front is a figure of Liberation standing full length with head turned to dexter looking to the dawn of a new day, right foot resting on a war god’s helmet with the hilt of a broken sword in the right hand and the broken blade in the left hand, the inscription "WORLD WAR II" placed immediately below the center. On the reverse are the inscriptions "FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND WANT" and "FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGION" separated by a palm branch, all within a circle composed of the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1914 1945."

    WWII Memorial: open All Year

    Closures
    December 25th. Memorial may be secured for events celebrating National Independence Day.

    1-800-639-4WW2
    Located on 17 th street and Constitution Avenue
    Between Lincoln's Memorial / Washington Monument
    Website: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/
    Other Contact: http://www.nps.gov/nwwm/

    Fondest memory: This medal has meaning to my family. My mom earned it for her service as WAC during WWII while stationed in England and France.

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    WWII Memorial

    by Pawtuxet Updated Nov 4, 2008

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    fountains at WWII Memorial
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    Favorite thing: One of the newer monuments on the mall is the World WAr II Memorial. It is a series of symbolic pillars and vistas. Each state is represented. Each side of the overall monument is considered to be a "theater" of war. The Pacific and the Atlantic. There are waterfalls, quotes and dates carved into the marble, and many places where people are reminded of loved ones lost...or a victory won. It's an enormous memorial...perhaps owing to the enormity of the war. There are varying viewpoints about the design of it, but I guess that Wash., DC is known for its variety of opinions and attitudes.
    The WWII memorial features quite a bit of water...probably to symbolize the way the war took place across two oceans. We look towards the Lincoln memorial and the great mall extension between the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. It's a huge expanse of park, memorials and the Smithsonian buildings.

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    P.S. A surprise in the Natl. Cathedral....Eleanor!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Apr 15, 2008

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    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Favorite thing: I was stunned as I walked through the halls outside the main church, and found above a doorway..... Eleanor Roosevelt!! I asked a guide about it, and he told me she is the only woman who has been memorialized in their hallways...with many other notables. You go, girl!! Good for Eleanor. She was quite a lady!! Indeed.

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    the various Government Departments

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Treasury Building

    Favorite thing: Agriculture, Treasury, the Pentagon, the FBI, the IRS, and all the other branches of government rest in architectural structures ranging from classic to modern. While a tour of some may not be in order for the whole family, you'll no doubt enjoy discovering all the embassies from foreign states, the various stops on the subway, and the sumptuous architecture on most of the main buildings along the Mall.

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    Old Town Trolley tours

    by gosiaPL Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    On the Old Town Trolley

    Favorite thing: This kind of organised tours is not my favourite, but having only two days to see Washington D.C. and wanting to see as much of it as possible, the Old Town Trolley tour seemed perfect! You see a lot as you go along, and what is more important, you can get off the trolley at any stop, see a place of your choice, and then get on board another trolley without paying any additional fee.

    The trolleys come and go every half an hour. Sometimes they are packed with people and you may have to wait for the next one, but then the driver calls the office and they send another trolley within 10-15 minutes (it happened to me by the National Cathedral).
    For more info check my Transportation tip.

    Fondest memory: Seeing the city from the trolley rather than looking at Metro tunnels. Well, I did use the Metro twice, but riding on the trolley was more fun :-) Plus you get a better idea of where the different places are located in relation to one another, instead of getting bits of D.C. when you go in and out of the Metro. Oh, and the trolley stops right by the place you want to visit!

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    Seeing Washington D.C. at night

    by gosiaPL Written Jan 30, 2005

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    The Lincoln Memorial at night

    Favorite thing: Another type of Old Town Trolley tours is the night tour. It takes 2.5 hours to introduce you to D.C.'s main sites and memorials by moonlight. We had a few short stops and then two stops that lasted long enough for us to explore the Roosevelt Memorial and the WWII Memorial.
    I did this tour on my first evening, and the next morning I went on the get-on-and-off-board tour picking the places I really wanted to see. The night tour is really great, you can see how amazing some of the memorials and buildings look - almost as if they were on fire!

    Fondest memory: Some of the sites looked as if they were out of this world. Imagine the Washington Monument as if an obelisk of light mirrored in the Reflecting Pool in front of Lincoln Memorial.
    What I also liked on this tour was the stories and anecdotes told by the trolley driver :-)

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    The many monuments and memorials

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: DC is a momument city...throughout the city you'll come across monuments and statues dedicated to some of our founding fathers, great inventors and of course important individuals that helped shape our country.

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    by Buckmarko Written Jul 30, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The tourmobile is a great way to get around the monuments. It's a bit pricey ($25) but it's good for senior citizens and small kids to get around. It stops at 5 PM however. You can get a seperate night tour of the monuments that starts at 7:30.

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    International Spy Museum

    by seagoingJLW Written Jan 29, 2003

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    Gun Ring

    Favorite thing: There are over 600 pieces on exhibit here including old G Man toys, and over 200 spy gadgets such as weapons, bugs, cameras, and spy technology.

    There are interactive exhibits about disguise, surveillance, and more.

    Learn how a spy must live a life of lies. Adopt a cover identity and learn why a spy needs at least one.

    Fondest memory: The museum is located at 800 F Street NW near the MCI Center.

    Phone:
    202-393-7798

    The museum is open at 10:00 am every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. April through October, it closes at 8:00 pm and November through March it closes at 6:00 pm.

    The museum closes in inclement weather when the government closes.

    Since the museum does not allow photography, this photo is theirs.

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    The FBI Building

    by lmkluque Updated Jan 28, 2012

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    J. Edgar Hoover Building

    Favorite thing: This is actually the J. Edgar Hoover Building but commonly referred to as the FBI Building. The Brutalist architectural style was not well recieved and is still a bit controversial with city residents. I didn't take one of their tours, because the Federal Budget hadn't bee sorted out yet so all Federal offices/museums were closed, but honestly while passing it on the road, I have to admit that the style was shocking compared to so many really graceful buildings throughout this city. I felt the same about the Lincoln Center as well.

    J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building
    Home to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. is located at:

    935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
    E Street, between 9th and 10th streets
    Phone: 324-3447
    Admission: FREE One hour tours given.

    Update:

    Tours are not an option at this time.

    When you plan a trip to D.C. you might check with the FBI's website to see if tours have resumed

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    National Building Museum

    by seagoingJLW Written Jan 29, 2003

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    Pandora's Box

    Favorite thing: Located near Judiciary Square at 401 F Street NW, the National Building Museum is a spectacular structure and houses some of the largest Corinthian Column in the World.

    Walk in building tours, lasting 45 minutes, offer access to areas of the building closed to the public. The tours are offered Monday through Wednesday at 12:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am. 12:30 pm. and 1:30 pm and Sunday at 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm.

    Fondest memory: There are many exhibitions including sustainable architecture in the 21st century, do it yourself, infrastructures, and tools as art. The photo is from the last mentioned exhibit : The Hechinger Collection.

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    DAR Museum

    by seagoingJLW Updated Jan 29, 2003

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    New York Room

    Favorite thing: Founded in 1890, this museum has 33 period rooms on display. Over 33,000 objects in the museum come from before 1840.

    There are docent led tours here on weekdays from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Fondest memory: The museum is located at 1776 D Street NW.

    Information about performances in Constitution Hall may be obtained from: 202-628-4780

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    Incredible FREE tour!!

    by bjamin32 Written Jan 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Check out this FREE tour of the memorials. it is a new company called DC by Foot. They meet Daily and the tour is incredible. THe guides must be congressional interns or something cuz they know their stuff!
    The website for it is dcbyfoot.com
    Honestly, I have been on about 20 walking tours across the globe, and this was the most interesting and entertaining. I would reccomend it to my Dad and my 6 year old nephew.
    Incredible tour.

    Fondest memory: My best memory was the DC By Foot Tour. I'm telling you, check out this free tour...you will not be disapointed.

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