17th Street SW, Washington, DC 20006
Operating Season: Year ‘Round
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million men and women of the United States Armed Forces and Civilians who died and supported the war effort. Located on the National Mall, the memorial is situated on the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool in between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The memorial features 56 granite pillars that symbolize the unity among the states and the federal territories. Also featured is a wall of 4,048 Gold Stars that pay tribute to the 405,000 lives that were lost during the war.
If you do not have your own tour guide for your family reunion, park rangers are on duty from 9:30AM to 11:30PM daily to answer questions and provide interpretive programs on the hour from 10AM to 11PM. Try to budget about an hour or so to view the complete memorial. Bathroom facilities are also available on-site.
Limited general parking is available at the Tidal Basin parking lot along Maine Ave., SW (it could be a bit of walk to the Memorial). Loading zones for buses and handicap parking is available near the memorial.
Visitors to the memorial are encouraged to search the WWII registry. You can view and/or add records of a family member who served or aided in the war effort.
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