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War Memorials on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The National Mall is the site of memorials to the American men and women who served in three wars: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

A fourth, older and smaller memorial, commemorates District of Columbia citizens who served in World War I.

The memorials are very different in design, yet each evokes the sacrifice of individuals who went to faraway lands in service to their country.
The three newer war memorials are located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument; they form an invisible triangle around the Reflecting Pool.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was the first to be installed (dedicated in 1982) and is north of and nearly aligned with the western end of the Reflecting Pool a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1995 and is directly south of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the other side of the Reflecting Pool and equidistant from the Lincoln Memorial.

World War II Memorial

The World War II Memorial is at the east end of the Reflecting Pool and aligned with the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. It was dedicated in 2004.
Follow the links above for more information and photos of each memorial.

District of Columbia War Memorial

DC War MemorialA fourth war memorial is not so well known or as frequently visited. It was the first war memorial erected in West Potomac Park and the only local District War Memorial on the National Mall.
The DC War Memorial (officially the District of Columbia War Memorial) commemorates citizens of the District of Columbia who served in World War I.
Engraved names on the District of Columbia War MemorialDedicated on Armistice Day (November 11) in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover, the memorial has the names of 449 District of Columbia citizens who lost their lives in World War I inscribed on the base. A cornerstone preserves a list of 26,000 Washingtonians who served in the war.
Local organizations and individual citizens of the District provided the funds to build the Peristyle Doric Temple intended to be used as a bandstand. Twelve fluted marble columns on a circular marble base support the entablature and circular dome of the DC War Memorial.

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