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Penn Quarter in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The United States Navy Memorial
 
The United States Navy Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
1. The United States Navy Memorial Marker
The carved inscription (somewhat worn) appears above the ring of an accurately positoned mariner's compass.
 
Inscription. In honor of those who served to forge the heritage of the United States Navy. In tribute to those who perished to provide peace and security for our maritime nation. In gratitude to those now serving.
 
Erected 1987 by U. S. Navy Memorial Foundation.
 
Location. 38° 53.631′ N, 77° 1.377′ W. Marker is in Penn Quarter, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 8th Street, NW, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in the sidewalk between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, at the south entrance to the Navy Memorial Plaza. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America's Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Petty Officers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Navy Memorial - from Bow to Stern (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); General Winfield Scott Hancock (within shouting distance of this marker); Grandeur for the People (within shouting distance of this marker); Ceremony at the Crossroads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Council of Negro Women (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Penn Quarter.
 
"United States Navy Memorial" Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
2. "United States Navy Memorial"
Marker with the U.S. Navy's eagle and anchor emblem visible inside the disk of the symbolic compass. The steps above lead to the Navy Memorial Plaza with its "Granite Sea" mural and "Lone Sailor" statue.
 

 
Regarding The United States Navy Memorial. At the west entrance to the Navy Memorial Plaza is an informational marker that reads:

Welcome Aboard!

”Any man who may be asked … what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.’”
- President John F. Kennedy

Throughout its history, the Navy has seen vessels of wood, iron, and steel, along with one constant – the men and women of the U.S. Navy. Displaying the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, these Sailors will continue to defend and represent the United States honorably at home and around the globe.

This living memorial, crafted from granite, bronze, and water, honors the proud men and women of the sea services – past, present, and future. Indeed, the memorial’s grand, sweeping scale illustrates the evolution of the Navy from the early days of sail to the modern era of nuclear power.

To learn more, please visit the nearby Naval Heritage Center which contains interactive exhibits, sculptures, the U.S. Presidents Room, Burke Theater, Ship’s Store, Media Resource Center, and the permanent national registry of those who have served our Navy, the Navy Log.
 
Also see . . .
 
Navy Memorial Plaza and The United States Navy Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
3. Navy Memorial Plaza and The United States Navy Memorial Marker
View from the National Archives Building across Pennsylvania Avenue. Marker is in the sidewalk, lower middle. The National Portrait Gallery is seen beyond the plaza, at the end of 8th Street, upper rear.
 
 The United States Navy Memorial. Information about the Memorial. (Submitted on January 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Naval Heritage Center
Adjacent to the memorial, the Naval Heritage Center houses interactive naval exhibits and a movie theater with daily screenings of the award-winning film At Sea and the Discovery Channel’s A Day In the Life of the Blue Angels. Inside is a commemorative plaque wall dedicated to individuals, groups, ships, squadrons, commands, battles or events within the U.S. Sea Services.

Also onsite is a Media Resource Center, which provides a library of historical documents on the Navy. The Navy Log room provides a computerized registry to search for Sea Service members and veterans. The Ship’s Store sells nautical souvenirs and clothing.

The memorial is located just steps from the Archives/Navy Memorial metro station.
    — Submitted January 21, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Additional keywords. Lone Sailor
 
Navy Memorial Plaza Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
4. Navy Memorial Plaza
"The Lone Sailor" on the "Granite Sea."
 
 
The Lone Sailor Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., November 22, 2008
5. The Lone Sailor
Perhaps the most enduring element of the memorial and the one to which most visitors are drawn, is The Lone Sailor. Although a seasoned, seagoing veteran, The Lone Sailor depicts an individual, at most 25 years of age, who willingly serves his country but longs for his return home to family and friends.
The bronze sculpture fittingly contains metal from eight historic U.S. Navy ships = USS Constitution, USS Constellation, USS Hartford, USS Maine, USS Ranger, USS Biloxi, USS Hancock, USS Seawolf - and the modern Navy's National Defense Service Medal.
 
 
"Welcome Aboard" Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
6. "Welcome Aboard"
Informational marker at the west entrance to the Navy Memorial Plaza. Please see "Regarding The United States Navy Memorial" above to read the text.
 
 
Navy Memorial Plaza Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
7. Navy Memorial Plaza
Bronze relief panels on southeast perimeter, representing some of the U.S. Navy's many components and diverse accomplishments.
 
 
United States Navy Explosive Ordance Displosal Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
8. United States Navy Explosive Ordance Displosal
Bomb Disposal - Mine Disposal
"Initial success or total failure"
Sculptor Leo C. Irrera.
 
 
Construction Battalions Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
9. Construction Battalions
"Seabees Can Do"
Sculptor: Leo C. Irrera
 
 
The Navy Family Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
10. The Navy Family
"They Who Wait Also Serve"
Sculptor: Robert Lamb
 
 
U.S. Navy Supply Corps Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
11. U.S. Navy Supply Corps
"Service To the Fleet"
USS Arleigh Burke - USS Supply
Sculptor: Gilbert A. Franklin
 
 
Navy Chaplains Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
12. Navy Chaplains
"Eternal Father Strong to Save"
Sculptor: Klara Sever
 
 
Admiral David Farragut - Mobile Bay - 1864 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
13. Admiral David Farragut - Mobile Bay - 1864
"Damn The Torpedoes - Full Speed Ahead"
Sculptor: Robert Summers
 
 
Naval Aviation - First Shipboard Takoff Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
14. Naval Aviation - First Shipboard Takoff
Eugene Ely - Hampton Roads - 1910
Sculptor: Giancarlo Biagi
 
 
Inland Naval Engagements Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
15. Inland Naval Engagements
U.S. Navy River Operations - Vietnam
Sculptor: Serena Goldstein Litopsky
 
 
The Silent Service "Clean Sweep" Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
16. The Silent Service "Clean Sweep"
WW II Submarine Patrol Returns
Sculptor: Stanley Bleifield
 
 
Naval Airships Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
17. Naval Airships
"They Were Dependable"
Sculptor: Miklos Simon
 
 
Navy Medicine Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
18. Navy Medicine
"Standing By To Assist"
Sculptor: Antonio Tobias Mendez
 
 
Naval Reservists Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
19. Naval Reservists
"Twice A Citizen"
Sculptor: Leo C. Irrera
 
 
Naval Special Warfare Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
20. Naval Special Warfare
U.S. Navy SEALs... "Failure is not an option"
Sculptor: Leo C. Irrera
 
 
Engineering Duty Officers Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
21. Engineering Duty Officers
"Sharpening the Point of the Spear"
Sculptor: Antonio Tobias Mendez
 
 
Women in the Navy Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
22. Women in the Navy
On Shore, In The Air And At Sea
Sculptor: Serena Goldstein Litopski
 
 
The Great White Fleet - 1907 Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
23. The Great White Fleet - 1907
"Speak Softly And Carry A Big Stick"
Sculptor: Gilbert A. Franklin
 
 
Navy Astronauts And Recovery Missions Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
24. Navy Astronauts And Recovery Missions
A Contribution To The U.S. Space Age
Sculptor: Robert Summers
 
 
United States Marine Corps Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
25. United States Marine Corps
Amphibious Assault - Inchon - 1951
Sculptor: Fred Press
 
 
United States Coast Guard Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
26. United States Coast Guard
Semper Paratus - "Always Ready"
Sculptor: Robert Summers
 
 
Exploration, Oceanography, Research Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
27. Exploration, Oceanography, Research
Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes In Antarctica - 1840
Sculptor: Antonio Tobias Mendez
 
 
U.S. Merchant Marine - U.S. Navy Armed Guard Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
28. U.S. Merchant Marine - U.S. Navy Armed Guard
"We Deliver"
Sculptor: Robert Lamb
 
 
United States Naval Academy - Annapolis Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
29. United States Naval Academy - Annapolis
Ex Scientia Tridens - "From Knowledge, Sea Power"
Sculptor: Miklos Simon
 
 
Destroyer Escorts Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
30. Destroyer Escorts
"Trim But Deadly"
Sculptor: Gilbert A. Franklin
 
 
Opening Japan For Commerce Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
31. Opening Japan For Commerce
Commodore Matthew Perry - 1854
Sculptor: Leo C. Irrera
 
 
Captain John Paul Jones Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
32. Captain John Paul Jones
".... In Harm's Way"
Sculptor: Fred Press
 
 
LST - Landing Ship Tanks Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
33. LST - Landing Ship Tanks
Fondly Known As Large Slow Targets
Sculptor: Leo C. Irrera
 
 
Navy Memorial Plaza Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 19, 2008
34. Navy Memorial Plaza
"The Granite Sea" - representing the oceans of the world.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,465 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week December 7, 2008. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on November 26, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on January 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on May 22, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33. submitted on July 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   34. submitted on January 19, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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