World War II Memorial
The National World War II Memorial is a National Memorial to all Americans
that served in the armed forces and on the home front during World War II.
It opened to the public on April 29, 2004, and was dedicated by President
George W. Bush on May 29, 2004, two days before Memorial Day.
A nationwide design competition drew more than 600 submissions. Friedrich
St. Florianís initial design was selected in 1997. Over the next four years, St.
Florian's design was altered during the review and approval process required of
proposed memorials in Washington, D.C.
The final design consists of 56 pillars, each 17 feet tall, arranged in a semicircle
around a plaza with two 43-foot arches on opposite sides. Each pillar is
inscribed with the name of one of the 48 U.S. states of 1945, as well as the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The northern arch is inscribed with "Atlantic"; the southern one, "Pacific." The memorial includes an engraving typical of the Kilroy graffiti: "Kilroy was here".
The Freedom Wall is on the west side of the memorial, with a view of the
Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial behind it. The wall contains 4,048 gold
stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war.
For more information, see link below
National WWII Memorial Home Page
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