Opened to the public in 2004, The World War II Memorial honors not just those who served in the United States armed forces, a total of 16 million, but also the more then 400,000 who gave their lives as well as the private citizens who supported their efforts on the home front.
The design incorporates iconic scenes of the war experience covering everything from servicemen taking the oath to depictions of combat and, finally, the homecoming. The memorial symbolizes and celebrates the sacrifice, courage and dedication of all Americans during one of the most defining events of our nation’s history. Located on the National Mall, the memorial stands between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and is open to visitors at seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
16 million American served in the military during the years of World War II.
292,000 were killed in action, and 115,00 died from their injuries.
A bronze rope treads its way between the 54 pillars of the Memorial to symbolize the unity of the states and territories.
Two 44-foot pavilions represent European and Pacific battles of the war, and the names of each battle are at the bottom of each pavilion.
The Memorial honors each U.S. state and territory for the sacrifice of their sons and daughters.