World War II Memorial

Honoring the heroes of the Greatest Generation.

Commissioned by President Clinton in 1993, the World War II Memorial is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. Construction began in September 2001 and was opened to the public in April 2004.

Discover the WWII Memorial with the Trust's first-of-its-kind free WWII Memorial Mobile app, available for download on iTunes and Google Play in time for Veteran’s Day 2013.


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 in some aspect of WWII.