• The United States Navy Memorial is a memorial in Washington, D.C. honoring those who have served or are currently serving in the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and the Merchant Marine..
• It lies on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 7th Street Northwest and 9th Street Northwest.
United States Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, honors and celebrates the men and women of the Sea Services – the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Coast Guard and US Merchant Marine. It is open 24/7 but its fountains operate only seasonally.
Built in stages between 1987 and 1991 it includes several large fountains, a statue of the Lone Sailor who overlooks an enormous world ocean map, Granite Sea, set in the plaza floor. There is also a Visitors Center, rotating exhibits, a large theater and a Media Resource Center / Library as well as a Navy Log room with touch screen kiosks to register and search for Sea Service members and veterans. And while inside, don’t miss the Ship’s Store gift shop!
There are famous quotes from US Navy history embedded in brass plaques located on the outdoors plaza surrounding the fountains:
I have not yet begun to fight! Captain John Paul Jones – 1779
We have met the enemy and they are ours. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry – 1813
Damn the torpedoes – full steam ahead! Admiral David Farragut – 1864
Speak softly and carry a big stick. President Theodore Roosevelt – 1907
Sighted sub – sank same. Aviation Machinists Mate 1/c Donald Francis Mason – 1942
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind – Astronaut and Naval Aviator Neal Armstrong – 1969
The United States Navy Memorial is conveniently located about ½ block from Archives /Navy Memorial Metro stop on the METRO (via the Green or Yellow lines).
Parking is at the PMI Garage 875 D St, NW. Parking can be validated for $13.00 inside the Ships Store.
This memorial is a natural for families or visitors strolling Pennsylvania Ave enroute to the National Mall. It makes an ideal stop right before or right after lunch at one of the many nearby restaurants or when visiting the National Archives- directly across the street