The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. The monument rests between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and its design creates a powerful sense of serenity which is memorable and unforgettable.
Two pavilions serve as entries to the memorial where four bronze columns support four American eagles that hold a suspended victory laurel to memorialize the triumph of the WWII generation. Fifty-six granite pillars adorned with oak and wheat bronze wreaths celebrate and circle the Memorial Plaza. The Plaza contains a large pool with two memorial fountains and The Freedom Wall. The Wall is an inspiring sight displaying The Field of 4,000 Gold Stars which honors the more than 400,000 lives lost during the war.
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Interstates 66 and 395 provide access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the North. Interstate 66, Route 50 and 29 provide access from the West. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the East.