World War II Memorial

Honoring the heroes of the Greatest Generation.

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The World War II Memorial recognizes Americans who served, honors those who fell, and acknowledges the Allied victory that restored freedom and ended tyranny around the globe. Commissioned by President Clinton in 1993, the World War II Memorial sits on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

The World War II Memorial sees 4.4 million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular spots on America's Front Yard. The Memorial is split into two sides, representing the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and is adorned with gold stars, representing Americans who lost their lives during WWII. 

The design of the memorial was selected from 400 submissions during a nationwide design competition. Similarly, the design for the reimagined Constitution Gardens was chosen during a recent design competition. You can learn more about our Constitution Gardens restoration project here.

The public may visit the World War II Memorial 24 hours a day. National Park Service Rangers are on duty to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily and to provide interpretive programs every hours on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.