The World War 2 Memorial was dedicated May 29 2004 but was opened to the public on April 29, 2004, The World War II Memorial dedicated to the over 400 000 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.Over 16 million Americans served in the armed forces including 2 million African Americans
The design incorporates iconic scenes of the war experience covering everything from servicemen taking the oath to depictions of combat and, finally, the homecoming. The memorial symbolizes and celebrates the sacrifice, courage and dedication of all Americans during one of the most defining events of our nation’s history. Located on the National Mall, the memorial stands between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and is open to visitors at seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
$197,000,00 was donated in cash and pledges
The federal government contributed $16,000,000
292,000 were killed in action, and 115,00 died from their injuries.
A bronze rope treads its way between the 56 pillars of the Memorial to symbolize the unity of the states and territories.
Two 43-foot pavilions represent European and Pacific battles of the war, and the names of each battle are at the bottom of each pavilion.
The Memorial honors each U.S. state and territory for the sacrifice of their sons and daughters.