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Washington, DC Memorials

Washington DC Memorials

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History of the Nation's Capital: DC Monuments and Memorials

No trip to Washington DC is complete without visiting the many memorials that pay tribute to the Nation's most renowned moments and figures. From honoring our presidents to paying ode to our Veterans, the grounds of DC are thriving with artwork that tells the country's history in the most inspiring way.

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24 hours

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Free

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  • Art & architecture

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  • What is the best time to visit the memorials?

    Seasonally, one of the best times to visit Washington DC is in late March or early April for the Cherry Blossom festival and then again for the summer when school is out. To avoid crowds best times to take tours include weekdays, evenings, and off season (mid-fall through winter).

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Visiting DC’s Memorials

  • Lincoln Memorial

    Situated in the center and far end of the National Mall, this tall white obelisk soars towards the sky and is dedicated to the country’s first president. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC stands as a symbol of freedom and honor for President Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln Memorial faces the US Capitol and is a profound statement of liberty and justice. Free interpretive tours of the Lincoln Memorial are available daily. The Lincoln Memorial is a popular stop for Washington, DC night tours when the memorial and President Lincoln are grandly illuminated.
    Interesting Fact: The North wall of the monument contains an inscription of Lincoln's second inaugural speech. The South wall has the complete Gettysburg address inscribed on it Above the inscription is a mural depicting the angel of truth freeing a slave.
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial DC

    A long, black wall of marble inscribed with countless names of perished soldiers, this moving monument honors those who fought in the Vietnam War. One of the most visited Washington DC memorials, the Vietnam Memorial contains three parts: the Three Soldiers Salute, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Visit this solemn monument to see the countless lives lost, and take a moment to appreciate the sacrifices made in the name of freedom.
    Interesting Fact: After six names were added in 2010 the total number of names listed on the memorial now stands at 58,272 of which1200 are listed as missing. A diamond symbol against the name of the soldier indicates that he was killed. Whereas, a cross indicates the soldier is missing and if the cross is circled it means the body was identified.
  • Jefferson Memorial

    Located on the south bank of the Tidal Basin near downtown Washington, DC sits America's foremost memorial to our third president. Interpretive tours of the memorial are offered on the hour throughout the day, offering detailed explanations of Jefferson's career, the significance of the memorial and interesting facts about the history and architecture of the memorial. Admission to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is free.
    Interesting Fact: Quotes depicting letters, famous sayings, and beliefs of Thomas Jefferson can be found on the Southwest Panel. Lines from the Declaration of Independence can also be found in this area.
  • WWII Memorial

    The World War II Memorial salutes the 16 million service members, over 400,000 soldiers who lost their life, and the millions of Americans on home soil who served the United States during World War II. The Memorial features such symbolic design elements as 56 granite columns, 24 bronze bas-relief panels, stone carvings and the wall of Gold Stars. Interpretive tours are offered daily.
    Interesting Fact: A total of $197 million was raised of which only 16 million came from federal government. Rest of the money was generated from the people of US and corporate giants.
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

    The Korean War Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, D.C.'s West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. The memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed services during the three-year period of the Korean War. I
    Interesting Fact: On reflection from the walls, the soldiers appear to be 38 in number, representing the 38th parallel, which divides Korea.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located in West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., southwest of the National Mall. Covering four acres, the memorial opened to the public in 2011 to commemorate the life of the renown civil rights activist. Martin Luther King Jr. is the first African-American honored with a memorial on or near the National Mall and only the fourth non-President to be memorialized in such a way.
    Interesting Fact: The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.
  • Iwo Jima

    Located outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery, also known as the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial, the Iwo Jima memorial honors the Marines who have died defending the United States since 1775. The 32-foot-high sculpture of the Iwo Jima Memorial was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of one of the most historic battles of World War II.
    Interesting Fact: The three surviving flag raisers; Gagnon, Hayes, and Bradley all posed for the sculptor, who modeled their faces in clay. To sculpt the faces of the three who had given their lives.
  • Theodore Roosevelt

    The Franklin Delano Memorial celebrates the life and presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Known for such prophetic sayings as "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," FDR led the country for three terms under such dire circumstances as the Great Depression and World War II.
    Interesting Fact: The memorial contains 26 pillars, which represents the number of U.S. states in existence at the time of Jefferson’s death

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