The National World War II Memorial is a large memorial with a shadeless plaza and fountain surrounded by 56 granite pillars and a triumphal arch on each end. It was built in 2004. Each pillar is inscribed with the name of a state or territory. Along the walls are scenes of servicemen, in bas relief, preparing for war (getting physical exams, being issued gear), in combat, burying the dead, and coming home. The freedom wall has golden stars, each star representing 100 Americans who died.
The memorial is at the east end of the Reflecting Pool- the Lincoln Memorial is at the west end. You walk in the shade under allees of trees to get from one memorial to the other. It is a twelve minute walk. On the way to the Lincoln Memorial, stop and look at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Then after the Lincoln Memorial, visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial. Then, a five minute walk takes you to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and then five minutes more to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Walk eleven minutes further along the Tidal Basin to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.
It's best to come in the evening or early in the morning, in summer, since it gets very hot.
Alternatively, walk nine minutes east to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Last Updated: Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:05:38 GMT