Penn Quarter in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Navy Memorial - from Bow to Stern
United States Navy Memorial, National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, DC
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
“…without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious.”
The United States Navy Memorial’s roots are as old as the Nation’s Capital itself . Major Peter C. L’Enfant envisioned a great federal city that would be home to grand government buildings and prominent memorials. L’Enfant signaled the importance of the Navy by selecting the notable 8th Street vista - midway between the Capitol and the White House - as the site for a Naval Itinerary Column.
The column never appeared, but the current memorial suitably sits astride that 8th Street vista. Here one may honor those who forged the Navy’s heritage, pay tribute to the fallen, and demonstrate gratitude to those Sailors now serving.
In the upper right of the marker is photograph of the Lone Sailor sculpture facing a parade of sailors. It's caption reads:
The Lone Sailor©
Perhaps the most enduring element of the memorial, and the one to which most visitors are drawn, is The Lone Sailor©.
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.
In the center of the marker is an aerial photograph of the Navy Memorial. The numbered captions for this photograph identifies key points around the memorial as follows:
1. Compass Rose - The entrance point to the Navy Memorial. Surmounted by the Department of the Navy seal, this represents the Navy’s true course in defending our nation.
2. Fountain Pool - Honors the men and women of the U.S. Navy as well as the international navies that cooperate with the U.S. Navy. Each pool annually is salted with waters from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes.
3. Bronze Reliefs - 26 sculptures depict naval scenes from times of war and peace.
4. The Lone Sailor©.
5. The Granite Sea - This granite map reminds visitors of the expanse of the earth’s oceans, aligns perfectly with the earth, and is centered on Washington, D.C.
6. The Concert Stage -
7. The 8th Street vista.
8. Naval Heritage Center - celebrates the heritage of the sea service people and their time honored traditions of the sea.
At the bottom of the marker are flag renderings, representing the: United States Ensign; U.S. Navy; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Merchant Marine; Prisoners of War/Missing in Action; Chief of Naval Operations; First Navy Jack.
All images (on the marker were provided) courtesy of the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation and the United States Navy.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Deptartment of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Notable Places • Patriots & Patriotism • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 53.657′ N, 77° 1.366′ W. Marker is in Northwest Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. It is in the Penn Quarter. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest and 7th Street Northwest, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Petty Officers' (within shouting distance of this marker); Ocean Piece (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome Aboard! (within shouting distance of this marker); America's Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Navy Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); General Winfield Scott Hancock (within shouting distance of this marker); Ceremony at the Crossroads (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Northwest Washington.
Also see . . . United States Navy Memorial web site. (Submitted on February 12, 2010, by Taylor Kiland of Alexandria, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. World War II Submarine Memorial Navy -Marine Corps
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 4, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,418 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 4, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.