The US Navy Memorial is placed on the broad granite plaza which forms the amphitheater. It consists of a 30 metre (100 ft) diameter granite map of the world surrounded by relief sculptural depictions of historic events in Naval history.
There are masts with small flags and fountains around. The memorial might have been interesting not only for a dedicated fan of the naval history if they had added some more information. There are short titles on each relief. I took a picture of the one depicting the first shipboard aircraft take off by an aviation pioneer Eugene Ely in 1940.
The symmetry of the composition is broken by very realitic bronze statues of the Lone Sailor and his sailor's bag. We surely took pictures of ourselves with that guy. You may read more about the Lone Sailor statue here.
US Navy Memorial is located in Pennsylvania Ave., downtown Washington, DC, north of the Mall, behind large classical building of the National Archives. After visit to the National Archives we walked to see FBI headquarters (Edgar Hoover Building) and on the way to metro station we discovered the memorial. Metro station Archives - Nat'l. Memorial is location just by the memorial. Look at the clickable map online here.
Haha, close to US Naval Memorial I saw people using these devices in my picture to move . Next time I would love to try riding (or driving?) a segway (or segwaying?) in DC although it's expensive (details here). For more detailed information on transportation switch to my Washington, DC transportation tips, please