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  • Opened on April 29, 2004, the World War 2 memorial was dedicated by President George W. Bush on Memorial Day May 29,2004. The department of Interior under the National Parks Service helps keeps the memorial up to date and kept for millions each year to visit.
  • The Price of Freedom Wall is located on the west side of the memorial that depicts 4,048 gold stars. Each of the stars represent 100 lives so if you calculate those numbers of lives it equals 448,000 American lives lost between 1941-1945.
  • The World War 2 memorial has two sides because it represents the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. So at the entrance of the memorial on the east side has 12 reliefs that represent how the United States entered and ended the war on both sides of the world against the Axis powers.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The memorial consists of 56 granite pillars, which are 17 feet tall arranged in a semi circle. Each pillar lists 48 states of 1945 as well as the territories like Hawaii, District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands. These pillars symbolize the quote by FDR when he said “We must be the great arsenal of democracy”.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The World War II Memorial is dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. it sits on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the eastern end of the Reflecting Pool, between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The memorial consists of 56 granite pillars, each 17 feet tall, arranged in a semicircle around a plaza with two 43-foot  triumphal arches on opposite sides. Each pillar is inscribed with the name of one of the 48 U.S. states of 1945, as well as the District of Columbia, the Alaska Territory and Territory of Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The northern arch is inscribed with “Atlantic”; the southern one, “Pacific.”

The memorial includes two inconspicuously located “Kilroy was here” engravings. Their inclusion in the memorial acknowledges the significance of the symbol to American soldiers during World War II and how it represented their presence and protection wherever it was inscribed.