The National World War II Memorial, National Mall, Washington DC

Photographs of the National WWII Memorial plaza which includes views of the Freedom Wall ("Field of Stars"), Rainbow Pool, Atlantic & Pacific theaters of war, vertical granite pillars and wreaths, bronze bas-relief sculpture panels & the Lincoln Memorial

A brief history;

 

  • In total sixteen million Americans served during World War II, with over 400,000 perishing. The 4,000 gold stars adorned on the "Freedom Wall" also known as the "Field of Stars" commemorate the Americans who gave their lives in the Second World War.

 

  • Below the wall inscribed on s small granite plinth are the words of the then commssioner of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Joseph E. Persico which reads; "Here We Mark the Price of Freedom".

 

  • The words inscribed in front of the Freedom Wall represent the 16-million American's who left to fight in the Second World War, it also honours the millions who supported the war effort on the home front, celebrating the American spirit & national unity in victory. It recognises the price paid by families in the fight for freedom.

 

  • The National World War II Memorial was designed by Friedrich St. Florian and was officially opened to the public in April, 2004, honouring the service & sacrifice of the millions of ordinary American citizens.

 

 

Photographs include the;

 

 

  • Rainbow Pool

 

 

  • bronze bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the home front, Pacific Theater & Atlantic Theatre

 

 

  • Freedom Wall (Field of Stars)

 

 

  • Victory in Japan Day (Victory in the Pacific Day, VP Day), United States Armed Forces ceremonial wreaths

 

 

  • Vertical granite pillars constructed from Kershaw granite (U.S state & territory pillars)

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