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The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

World War II Memorial

 
 
World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa June 2004
1. World War II Memorial Marker
Inscription.
Here in the presence of Washington and Lincoln, one the Eighteenth Century father and the other the Nineteenth Century preserver of our nation, we honor those Twentieth Century Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift of our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice.

(Quotations on the Southeast Entrance):
Pearl Harbor
December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy...no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through absolute victory.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now they sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

(Quotations on Northeast Entrance):
They have given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks, riveted the ships and rolled the shells.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women... This was a people's war and everyone was in it.
Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby

(Quotations on the Inside):
D-Day
Main Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 2, 2008
2. Main Inscription
June 6, 1944
You are about the embark upon the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you... I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower

We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other.
General George C. Marshall

The heroism of our own troops... was matched by that of the armed forces of the nations that fought by our side... they absorbed the blows... and they shared to the full in the ultimate destruction of the enemy.
President Harry S. Truman

Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.
President Harry S. Truman

The War's End
Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won. The skies no longer rain death - the seas bear only commerce - Men everywhere walk upright in the sunlight. This entire world is quietly at peace.
General Douglas MacArthur

Battle of Midway June 4-7, 1942
They had no right to win. Yet they did, and in doing so they changed the course of a war... even against the greatest
Pearl Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
3. Pearl Harbor
odds, there is something in the human spirit - a magic blend of skill, faith and valor - that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory.
Walter Lord, author

(Dedication Inscription):
World War II Memorial
George W. Bush
President of the United States

Friedrich St. Florian
Design Architect

American Battle
Monuments Commission
2004

 
Erected 2004 by American Battle Monuments Commission.
 
Location. 38° 53.356′ N, 77° 2.395′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 17th Street SW, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. On The National Mall between the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); John Paul Jones Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Why is the Washington Monument Temporarily Closed? (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named John Paul Jones Memorial (about 400 feet away); Jefferson Pier
Admiral Nimitz Quote image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
4. Admiral Nimitz Quote
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Japanese Stone Lantern (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); A Symbol of International Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Also see . . .
1. National World War II Memorial. Provides facts and photos of all the bas-relief panels. (Submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. National World War II Memorial. National Park Service site on the memorial. (Submitted on December 30, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Roosevelt Quote About the Women's Support of the War Effort image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
5. Roosevelt Quote About the Women's Support of the War Effort
Colonel Hobby Quote image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
6. Colonel Hobby Quote
Eisenhower D-Day Quote image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
7. Eisenhower D-Day Quote
General Marshall Quote image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
8. General Marshall Quote
Truman Quote about the Heroism of the Troops image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
9. Truman Quote about the Heroism of the Troops
The Other Truman Quote image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
10. The Other Truman Quote
General MacArthur Quote on the War's End image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
11. General MacArthur Quote on the War's End
Battle of Midway Quote image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
12. Battle of Midway Quote
Dedication Inscription image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
13. Dedication Inscription
Interpretive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
14. Interpretive Marker
On either side of the memorial, to the west, are interpretive markers discussing the history of the memorial and explaining the elements of the memorial.
Pacific Memorial Archway image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
15. Pacific Memorial Archway
Atlantic Memorial Archway image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 2, 2008
16. Atlantic Memorial Archway
Pearl Harbor image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
17. Pearl Harbor
The relief, on the Pacific Side, depicts Americans hearing word of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Swearing In - Oath of Allegiance image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
18. Swearing In - Oath of Allegiance
On the Pacific side, a relief showing the swearing in of soldiers recently mobilized.
Embarkation image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
19. Embarkation
Shipbuilding image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
20. Shipbuilding
Agriculture image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
21. Agriculture
Submarine Warfare image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
22. Submarine Warfare
A scene from a submarine torpedo room.
Navy in Action image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
23. Navy in Action
Scene from the deck of a carrier.
Amphibious Landing image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
24. Amphibious Landing
The relief depicts a scene from one of many amphibious landings in the Pacific Theater.
Jungle Warfare image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
25. Jungle Warfare
Field Burial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
26. Field Burial
Liberation image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
27. Liberation
The relief depicts POWs being liberated.
V-J Day image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
28. V-J Day
The relief depicts Americans receiving the news of the Japanese surrender.
Lend Lease image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
29. Lend Lease
The first relief on the Atlantic side depicts equipment prepared for Lend-Lease exchanges.
Bond Drive image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
30. Bond Drive
Women in Military image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
31. Women in Military
The relief depicts women entering the service.
Rosie the Riveter/Aircraft Construction image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
32. Rosie the Riveter/Aircraft Construction
Battle of the Atlantic image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
33. Battle of the Atlantic
Scene from a convoy escort during the Battle of the Atlantic.
Air War/B-17 image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
34. Air War/B-17
A scene from an airfield in England.
Paratroopers image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
35. Paratroopers
The relief depicts paratroopers exiting an aircraft.
Normandy Beach Landing image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
36. Normandy Beach Landing
Tanks in Combat image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 2004
37. Tanks in Combat
The relief depicts a scene with infantry and armored units confronting the enemy.
Medics in Field image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
38. Medics in Field
Battle of the Bulge image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, June 2004
39. Battle of the Bulge
The relief depicts a scene from the 1944 Battle of the Bulge.
Russians meet Americans at the Elbe image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
40. Russians meet Americans at the Elbe
World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
41. World War II Memorial
Atlantic Archway and Pillars image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 23, 2008
42. Atlantic Archway and Pillars
The archways on the north and south commemorate victory in the two major theaters. Fifty-six pillars on the sides of the archways represent the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
Freedom Wall image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 27, 2008
43. Freedom Wall
Field of 4,000 Gold Stars honors more than 400,000 lives lost during the war
World War II Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 2, 2008
44. World War II Memorial Marker
The World War II Memorial,George Washington Monument,American Flag and P.O.W. Flag.
World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 26, 2008
45. World War II Memorial
Memorial Day 2008
National World War II Memorial Inscription-Western Corner-Memorial Day Wreaths image. Click for full size.
By Tabitha Preast, May 26, 2008
46. National World War II Memorial Inscription-Western Corner-Memorial Day Wreaths
Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.
President Harry S. Truman
(From President Truman's Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress. April 16, 1945)
Plaque on National WW II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Volker Schmidt, May 2010
47. Plaque on National WW II Memorial
Veterans Day Commemoration at the World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2011
48. Veterans Day Commemoration at the World War II Memorial
Veterans Day at the World War II Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2011
49. Veterans Day at the World War II Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,939 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.   3. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   9. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   10. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   11. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   12. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   13. submitted on December 27, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   14. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   15. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   16. submitted on May 3, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.   17. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   18. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   19, 20, 21. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   22, 23. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   24. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   33, 34. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   35. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   36. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   37. submitted on May 30, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   38. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   39. submitted on December 26, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   40, 41, 42. submitted on April 5, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   43. submitted on May 27, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.   44. submitted on May 5, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.   45, 46. submitted on May 27, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.   47. submitted on May 1, 2011, by Volker Schmidt of Albstadt, Germany.   48, 49. submitted on November 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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