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World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial was opened to the public on April 29, 2004 as a service to the World War II generation. The Memorial is a tribute to the World War II generation to those who served in uniform as well as those who worked in the nations factories and mines manufacturing necessary supplies.

The Memorial takes its place between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, each representing the seminal struggles of the 20th, 19th and 18th centuries.

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The hard hat of Friedrich St. Florian, World War II Memorial Design Architect. In the background the Memorial Plaza and Rainbow Pool are the principal design features of the Memorial, unifying all other elements.

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Dedication Stone - GEORGE BUSH - PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES - FRIEDRICH ST. FLORIAN - DESIGN ARCHITECT - AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION - 2004 - Planning for the World War II Memorial project began 17 years ago and Congress authorized the memorial in 1993. Construction took three years to complete.

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West to East View of the World War II Memorial.

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West to East View of the World War II Memorial. Lincoln Memorial in the background.

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West to East View of the World War II Memorial. 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall. Lincoln Memorial in the background. *

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West to East View of the World War II Memorial. 4,000 sculpted gold stars commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who died in the war. HERE WE MARK THE PRICE OF FREEDOM is incribed in granite stone.

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Northeast to Southwest View of the World War II Memorial. 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall.

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Dedication Stone - OUR DEBT TO THE HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY CAN NEVER BE REPAID. THEY HAVE EARNED OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE AMERICA WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES - President Harry S. Truman

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West to East View of the World War II Memorial. A bird flies over the Lincoln Memorial in the background. Water fall in the foreground.

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The Pacific Theatre Memorial Arch.

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Four bronze American eagles circle over a suspended victory laurel to memorialize the victory of the WWII generation.

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Four bronze American eagles circle over a suspended victory laurel to memorialize the victory of the WWII generation.

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Inlayed on the floor of the arches is 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.

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World War II victory medal inlayed on the floor of the Pacific Ceremonial Arch.

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East to West view of granite pillars celebrating the unprecedented unity of the nation during WWII. Special thanks to Bob Hovas, WWII veteran and the second public visitor to the Memorial for pointing out this shot. "When you see the flag furling in the wind moving around the names of all the parts of our country embodied in one place, gives one a great feeling of unity."

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