[2011] Natalie Jablonski: World War II Memorial

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[2011] Natalie Jablonski: World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

This memorial was built to remember and honor the millions of American soilders that served in WWII.

This memorial sits in the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

This memorial is free of cost to visit and is open to the public 24 hours a day. There are Park Rangers around from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to answer any questions.

The idea to build this memorial came about in 1987 and was approved in 1993. Friedrich St. Florian later designed this memorial in 1997. Construction started in 2001 and the memorial was completed in 2004.

Each year about 4.4 million people visit the memorial.

The memorial has 56 columns that represent unity of the 48 states, the seven federal territories, and the District of Colombia. The wall part of the monument has 4,048 gold stars that sybolize the American lives that were lost because of the war along with many battle names and military campaign places.There are two 43 foot tall peices that represent America's victorys on the Atlantic and Pacific fronts during the war.

This monument is as big as a football feild. It is made of arches and has a big wall of stars along with fountains, a pool, and many ingravings on the wall.

This memorial was funded by private contributions and the government. They ended up raising $197 million.

This memorial is the only memorial in the National Mall that commemorates an event from the 20th century.

This memorial has little engravings that say "Kilroy was here" with a drawing under. This symbolizes the American soilder's presence in WWII.


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