- When Pierre L’Enfant envisioned the national capitol, he wanted “to celebrate the first rise of the Navy and consecrate its progress and achievements”. Located on Pennsylvania avenue which links the legislative and executive branches of government. Navy war hero, Admiral Arleigh Burke voiced that DC needed a Navy memorial.
- The Navy Memorial which was dedicated on October 13, 1987 pays respect to the United Stated Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Marines, and the Coast Guard.
- Surrounded by a granite seas is a map depicting the world’s oceans, using an azimuthal projection centered on DC.
- The Southern end of the memorial has 26 bronze high reliefs that depict the many functions that fits under the umbrella of the Navy such as Seabees, Naval Construction Battalion, US Navy Supply Corps, and Naval Aviation.
Stanley’s Bleified’s “The Lone Sailor” is a tribute to all personal of the sea services. This statue along with the memorial was dedicated on the 212th birthday of the USN.
- Most Presidents have passed by the area of Pennsylvania Avenue near the memorial on the way to the White House during inauguration services usually in early January.
- Adjacent to the memorial plaza is the Naval Heritage Center which has many artifacts and a collection of exhibits that show the mighty power of the naval forces.
- Many presidents have served in the Navy which includes Teddy Roosevelt, LBJ, Nixon, and Jimmy Carter. In the Heritage Center there is a celebration of the past presidents that has served on the high seas.
- It was Captain John Paul Jones who stated in 1779 , “ I have not begun to fight.” He is known as the “Father of the American Navy” and would command many ships against his mother country, England.
- The Media Resource Center provides a library of printed, audio, and video historical documents that pertain to the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.