World War II Memorial

I remember this Memorial being built–we’d eagerly watch the progress each time we visited downtown. It is located on the National Mall, between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. In the center of the Memorial is a large fountain surrounded by pillars representing the states and territories and the District of Columbia at the time of World War II.

The Memorial is open 24 hours a day, but our favorite time to visit is at night. Check out this website before you visit to help you understand the Memorial more:

http://www.nps.gov/wwii/faqs.htm

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One side of the World War II Memorial

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The World War II Memorial at night

Washington Monument

Washington Monument in evening DC

Washington Monument in the evening

I love seeing the Washington Monument each time I drive into DC. Soaring above everything else, it gives me a sense of awe and excitement that never seems to go away. And to top that off, it’s built to honor my favorite president, George Washington. No building in DC is allowed to be built taller than the Monument. From the top of the Monument, you can see over 30 miles.

You have to have tickets to go up in the Monument. Here is the website that explains how to get them:

http://www.nps.gov/wamo/planyourvisit/index.htm

The ticket system is such an improvement over their old system of just standing in line. When we visit the Monument, I’ll always make advance reservations on-line. The fee is nominal and is well worth the time it saves.

A fun fact is that when the Monument was first built, only men were allowed to go up in the elevator (then a 20-minute ride). They thought it was too dangerous for women and children, so they had to walk up the 897 stairs!

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The main part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the Memorial Wall, which is sunk into the ground. As you walk down the ramp along the Wall, you will see the names of the servicemen and women on the wall who were either killed in action or missing in action. It is quite sobering to see all of the names. Quite often we will see notes, flowers or little gifts left along the side of the wall.

Also part of the Memorial is a bronze statute of three young servicemen and a Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

Look at this website for additional information:

http://www.nps.gov/vive/faqs.htm

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Looking at some of the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial