Located on the other side of the Reflecting Pool, and across the street from the area where the Washington Monument is, the National World War II Memorial honors the people that served in World War II.
Dedicated in 2004, this memorial has a main fountain in the middle of it, surrounded by pillars that are represented by each US state and territory. And there are 2 arches on the northern and southern side of the memorial. One of them is the Atlantic side, with the list of battles around the small fountain there, that took place in Europe. The other side being the Pacific side, for the battles in Asia.
One of the most notable features is the Freedom Wall, with its 4048 gold stars, with each star representing 1000 American lives that were lost in the war. And the quote can pretty much sum up this place, which is "Here we mark the price of freedom".
And as you go to or from the Washington Monument side, there is a series of bronze reliefs on each side. One side is the Atlantic side, while the other being the Pacific side. These reliefs show various moments of the war, and worth checking out for those who are World War II buffs.
This has quite a lot to see, as there are more to see than I mentioned here. And while it can be a good place to relax and people-watch, as I did see kids really enjoying themselves as they were running around, it should not be forgotten that major sacrifices made in World War II.
Needless to say, this place should not be missed!
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