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  • National WWII Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia

National World War II Memorial

Dedicated in 2004 by President George W. Bush, the National World War II Memorial is a tribute to the Armed Forces of the United States that served in one of the most important conflicts of the 20th century. Visitors can walk around the Rainbow Pool, which is flanked by two semi-circles of granite pillars and triumphal arches. Located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, the National World War II Memorial is  flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
National WWII Memorial at Washington, District of Columbia



  • The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


  • Free to the public.

What You'll See

  • Plaza

    The memorial plaza and Rainbow Pool are the principal design features of the memorial, unifying all other elements. Two flagpoles flying the American flag frame the ceremonial entrance at 17th Street. 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.
  • Pavilions

    Two 43-foot pavilions serve as markers and entries on the north and south ends of the plaza. Four bronze columns support four American eagles that hold a suspended victory laurel to memorialize the victory of the WWII generation.
  • Parking, Directions & Public Transit

    The World War II Memorial is centrally located on the National Mall and easily accessible by public transit with parking facilities available within walking distance. The memorial rests at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool along 17th Street NW/SW.


  • What are the hours of operation?

    The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • History of the monument.

    President Clinton signed Public Law 103-32 on May 25, 1993, authorizing the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) to establish a World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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