The World War II Memorial

ww2memorial.gifThe World War II Memorial design honors the significant historical event it commemorates and pays full respect to its magnificent site on the National Mall. The memorial will be an inviting and welcoming place to celebrate the American spirit that brought victory of democracy over tyranny, light over darkness. It will also be a place for quiet contemplation of the sacrifices made in a common and just cause.

The design is in harmony with its historic surrounding. The vistas from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial are preserved, as are the elm trees and the siteís park-like setting.

ww2memorial2.gif The National World War II Memorial will be the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II. The memorial will honor all military veterans of the war, the citizens on the home front, the nation at large, and the high moral purpose and idealism that motivated the nation's call to arms.

It will be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the Rainbow Pool site at the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. This prominent location is commensurate with the historical importance and lasting significance of World War II to America and the world.

President Clinton dedicated the memorial site during a formal ceremony on Veterans Day, November 11, 1995. The design was created by architect Friedrich St.Florian.

The memorial will be funded almost entirely by private contributions. Leading the fund-raising campaign are national campaign chairman Senator Bob Dole, and co-chairman Frederick W. Smith, president and CEO of FDX Corp.

You can support the World War II Memorial by becoming Charter Member of the World War II Memorial Society, enrolling members of the World War II generation in the Registry of Remembrances, or participating in the Donor Programs.You can write the memorial at: National World War II Memorial 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 501 Arlington, Virginia 22201

Or call: 1-800-639-4WW2 Or e-mail:

WW II Memorial Opens

2004-5stars_install.jpgField of 4,000 Gold Stars honors more than 400,000 lives lost during the war (Photo by Richard Latoff)

Nearly 59 years after the end of World War II, the National World War II Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 29, 2004.

The dedication of the memorial was the culmination of an 11-year effort that started when the memorial was authorized by Congress on May 26, 1993. Construction began September 4, 2001, after several years of fund raising and public hearings. The memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004.

The dedication celebration spanned four days and included a WWII-themed reunion exhibition on the National Mall staged in partnership with the Smithsonian Institutionís Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, a service of celebration at the Washington National Cathedral, and an entertainment salute to WWII veterans from military performing units.



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