World War II Memorial, Washington D.C.

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    WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower Quote

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Located to the right of the Atlantic Pavilion. The quote reads:

    "D-Day June 6, 1944
    You are about to embark upon the great crusade toward, which we have striven these may months, the eyes of the world are upon you…..I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. ~ General Dwight D. Eisenhower"

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WW II General George C. Marshall Quote

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    This quote is inscribed on the left of the Atlantic Pavilion. It reads:

    "We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other. ~ General George C. Marshall"

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WWII Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Quote

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    This quote reads:

    "They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation. ~ Admiral Chester W. Nimitz"

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WWII President FDR Quote

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    This quote reads:

    "They have given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks, riveted the ships and rolled the shells. ~ President FDR"

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WWII Pillars

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Fifty-six granite columns, split between two half-circles framing the rebuilt Rainbow Pool with its celebratory fountains, symbolize the unprecedented wartime unity among the forty-eight states, seven federal territories, and the District of Columbia. Bronze ropes tie the columns together, while bronze oak and wheat wreathes represent the nation’s industrial and agricultural strengths. Each column are stationed by order of State admission into the Union alternating back forth from the Rainbow Pool. After the 48 States, also are six territories included.

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    Inside the WWII Pavilions

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    These beautiful four American eagles hold a suspended laurel wreath in the Baldacchino sculpture. Your wondering what a Baldacchino sculpture is? According to the dictionary is an architecture feature with a stone or marble structure built in the form of a canopy, especially over the altar of a church.

    Located on the National Mall in Washington, DC and WWII Memorial is 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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WW II Freedom Wall

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    The Freedom Wall is on the west side of the memorial, with a view of the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. These magnificent 4,000 gold stars represent and honors 400,000 lived lost during war time. Called the Freedom Wall, it is actually comprised of 4, 048 stars. Each represents one hundred American soldiers that perished or MIA in the WAR. There are 405,399 American dead and MIA from the WWII that are second only to the loss of more than 620,000 during the Civil War.

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WW II Pavilions

    by Yaqui Written Jun 6, 2009

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    These massive pavillions are called the Announcement Stones, are the formal entrance to the World War II Memorial along 17th Street, eloquently declares the reason for the placement of the memorial along the great axis between the Lincoln Memorial to the west and the Washington Monument to the east. These two massive 43-foot tall pavilions proclaim American victory on the Atlantic and Pacific fronts. “on land, at sea, and in the air.

    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    WW II Memorial

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    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 for her return to Delhi, Oklahoma, her hometown.

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    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

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    A short stay at World War II Memorial

    by Faiza-Ifrah Written Sep 15, 2008

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    We decided to drop by this memorial before the Lincoln Memorial and looking back all of us agree that it was a good decision.

    The World War II Memorial, which opened to the public on April 29, 2004, is located at what was once the Rainbow Pool, centered between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

    The Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces during the war, the more than 400,000 who died, and millions who supported the war effort from home.

    In 1996, a two-stage design competition was opened. Out of 400 preliminary designs entered, six were chosen to compete in the second stage which required review by a design jury. After careful review, the design by architect Friedrich St. Florian was chosen.

    St. Florian's design consisted of the Rainbow Pool (lowered and reduced in size by 15 percent) in a sunken plaza, surrounded in a circular pattern with 56 pillars (each 17-feet-high) which represent the unity of the U.S. states and territories during the war. Visitors would enter the sunken plaza on ramps which will pass by two giant arches (each 41-feet tall) that represent the two fronts of the war. Inside, there would be a Freedom Wall covered with 4,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans that died during World War II. A sculpture by Ray Kasky would be placed in the middle of the Rainbow Pool and two fountains would send water more than 30-feet into the air.

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    Brilliant Fountain In Remembrance WW11

    by Mikebb Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    This memorial to the 16 million servicemen involved in World War 2 and the 400,000 servicemen who died during this conflict. It also recognises the millions of citizens who supported the war effort.

    When visiting the Lincoln memorial you can see the fountain from the steps.

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    A Popular Memorial

    by PierreZA Written May 18, 2008

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    A very expansive and grand monument. A pool surrounded by arches, of which the pillars represent the states and territories of the USA. It is a nice stop if you walk from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.
    Seems to be very popular, and is a beautifully designed monument.

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    world war II memorial

    by doug48 Written Sep 16, 2007

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    this beautiful monument is located on the east end of the reflecting pool on washington's mall. this memorial honors the 400,000 american solders who gave their lives in the atlantic and pacific theatres of world war II. the memorial was designed by friedrich st. florian and was built in 2001.

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    World War II Memorial

    by besbel Written Jul 25, 2007

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    This is a very new memorial (was opened in 2004), located between Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. It has two semicircles with 56 pillars, representing each of the States that united participated in the WWII. In the middle there is the Rainbow Pool, with fountains that provided the memorial a lively image, especially in summer. You can also find a wall with 4000 stars, representing the nearly 400 000 Americans that died in the war.
    Entrance is also free.

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    WW II

    by jamiesno Updated Mar 2, 2007

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    The World War II Memorial is one of the bigger war memorials in Washington and it is very well done. It is a circular shape and has an inscription for all of the states and a Pacific and Atlantic side of the memorial.

    During my visit in February all the water that is integrated into the memorial was frozen. After later visiting the Holocaust museum I felt the significance of this war much more.

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