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September 29th, 2006

World Word II Memorial Washington, DC


The World War II monument pays a general tribute to all the states/nations that fought, all the branches of Service, men and women alike and both sides Atlantic and Pacific.  The bases of granite and bronze are adorned with the military service seals of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Forces, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. 24 bronze bas relief panels along the ceremonial entrance balustrades depict America's war years, at home and overseas. Two 43-foot pavilions serve as markers and entries on the north and south ends of the plaza. Bronze baldacchinos are an integral part of the pavilion design. Four bronze columns support four American eagles that hold a suspended victory laurel to memorialize the victory of the WWII generation. Inlayed on the floor of the pavilions are the WWII victory medal surrounded by the years "1941-1945" and the words "Victory on Land," "Victory at Sea," and "Victory in the Air." These sculptural elements celebrate the victory won in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. Fifty-six granite pillars celebrate the unprecedented unity of the nation during WWII. The pillars are connected by a bronze sculpted rope that symbolizes the bonding of the nation. Each state and territory from that period and the District of Columbia is represented by a pillar adorned with oak and wheat bronze wreaths and inscribed with its name; the pillars are arranged in the order of entry into the Union, alternating south to north across the plaza beginning adjacent to the Field of Gold Stars. The 17-foot pillars are open in the center for greater transparency, and ample space between each allows viewing into and across the memorial. Within a commemorative area at the western side of the memorial is recognized the sacrifice of America's WWII generation and the contribution of our allies. A field of 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives. During WWII, the gold star was the symbol of family sacrifice. 4 bronze columns, 4 bronze eagles and 1 bronze laurel within each pavilion; 24 bronze bas relief sculptures along the ceremonial entrance (12 on each side); 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall; 112 bronze wreaths w/armatures (2 wreaths on each pillar, one on each side); 56 bronze ropes between the pillars.  Dimensions:

  • Length (back of pavilion to back of pavilion): 384
  • Width (back of basin behind Freedom Wall to bottom of ceremonial entrance): 279
  • Plaza: 337-10 long; 240-2 wide; 6 below grade
  • Rainbow Pool: 246-9 long; 147-8 wide
  • Ceremonial entrance: 148-3 wide; 147-8 long (curb to plaza)
  • 2 Pavilions: 43 above grade; 23 square
  • 56 Pillars: 17 above grade; 44 wide; 3 deep
  • Freedom Wall: 84-8 wide; 9 high from plaza floor; 41-9 radius



Left to right: 1) Atlantic Side 2) Pacific Side 3) one of the relief's Close up 4) One of the light posts "Freedom from Tyranny" 5) A row of relief's


Left to right: The WWII Memorial (too big to get the whole thing in unless in the air; this is about 2/3 of it from a good distance 2) The Washington Monument from the end of the reflecting pool /WWII Monument 3) The Lincoln Memorial from the end of the reflecting pool; taken from exact spot, only turned around 180 degrees from the previous photo and 5) One of the inscriptions on the monument


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