World War II Memorial Washington, D.C.

WWII Memorial

I have always enjoyed visiting the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.  I have visited the memorial on several occasions and it never gets old.  I am always impressed and overwhelmed with the sacrifice that was made by so many people around the world to see that tyranny and oppression was stamped out.  However, this memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces during World War II.  The memorial consists of 56 pillars which represent all the states at the time of WWII, which was 48.  The remaining eight pillars represent the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory, Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


In 1997, Friedrich St. Florian’s design was selected for the memorial.  The 56 pillars are tied together by a large rope (in iron) signifying the unity of the nation in a time of war.  The pillars are also connected to two 43 foot triumphal arches.  These two arches represent the two theaters of operation (Europe and the Pacific).

Texas Pillar with Ropes

Triumphal Arches

The memorial honors the 16 million men and woman who served in uniform during World War II and it also honors the more that 400,000 who gave their lives.  For more information about the memorial please visit:


I highly encourage any reader to visit the memorial.  It’s inspiring and an amazing symbol of sacrifice.  Please share your thoughts if you have visited the memorial.  I would love to hear from you.


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3 Comments on “World War II Memorial Washington, D.C.

  1. Great post. WWII Memorial is beautiful.

    On Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 7:07 AM, History Hiker


  2. Pingback: The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. | History Hiker

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