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Tour the Washington, D.C. War Memorials
Monuments and memorials to those who served during war can be found throughout Washington, D.C. and in nearby cities.
The African American Civil War Memorial features a bronze statue called “The Spirit of Freedom” which honors the more than 200,000 African-American soldiers of the Civil War. The museum is on Vermont Avenue
Fifty-six granite pillars standing in a semi-circle mark the impressive National World War II Memorial, which is near the Reflecting Pool. It’s open 24 hours a day and honors the 16 million who served America in the war.
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial – the Iwo Jima Memorial – is outside Arlington National Cemetery and was designed to recreate the iconic photograph of the Marines raising the second U.S. flag at Iwo Jima. From the memorial you can look out at the White House and much of Washington, D.C.
Just south of the Reflecting Pool is the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The unique design includes the Mural Wall made from black granite holding thousands of images representing the troops. The site also has statues, the United Nations Wall, and the Pool of Remembrance.
Other important memorials include the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial and The Three Servicemen.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Commemorating those who served in the Korean War, the Korean War Veterans Memorial is found just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.
Dedicated in July of 1995 by President Bill Clinton, the Korean War Veterans Memorial featured over 100 tons of polished granite, 19 stainless steel statues, and over more than 2,500 photographic images.
Visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial on your next trip into DC. You can drive in from nearby cities like Arlington to Alexandria – or find your perfect DC Metro route. The memorial is in the shape of a triangle intersecting a circle, with the circle in question containing the "Pool of Remembrance."
African American Civil War Memorial
Managed by the National Park Service in the Washington D.C. area, the African American Civil War Memorial commemorates over 200,00 African American soldiers who fought during the Civil War.
The site is found in Washington D.C. across Vermont Street from the African American Civil War Museum. A self-guided experience open 24 hours a day, this outdoor memorial features the nine-foot bronze statue titled, “The Spirit of Freedom.”
National World War II Memorial
At the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool you'll find the National World War II Memorial. On your next trek around the DC area, make some time to visit and experience the National World War II Memorial.
First opened for public viewing in 2004, the memorial is just one of a wide range of impressive and iconic memorials, statues, and historic structures to view around the National Mall.
Be sure to spend some time looking at the Freedom Wall, found at the west side of the National World War II Memorial.
The design of the memorial features 56 granite pillars – each measuring in at 17 feet tall. They are arranged in a semi-circle. Make sure to visit the National World War II Memorial on your next visit into DC – drive in from Mclean.
Visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Visitors to the Constitution Gardens on the National Mall can easily visit the moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Dedicated in 1982, the memorial pays tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces who were part of the fighting in the Vietnam War and were killed or listed as Missing In Action.
The memorial itself features three distinct elements. They include the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, the Three Soldiers Statue and the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. As with all the monuments on the Mall, the memorial is open to the public every day, all day. Interpretive programs are part of the daily schedule and rangers are on hand to provide information and answer questions from 9:30 am to 10 pm.