Washington, D.C. War Memorials

October 7, 2017 at 5:00 am (National Parks) (, , , , )

The World War II Memorial on the National Mall was dedicated in 2004, and is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Reflections of the Gold Stars

One portion is dedicated to the war in the Pacific, and the other to the Atlantic theatre.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also known as the Wall, is one of the most powerful memorials ever erected. It chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives during this controversial war.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Anything left as a tribute at the wall is removed every night. Eventually a museum will be erected to exhibit some of the items left there over the years.

While I personally do not know anyone whose name is on the wall, the Vietnam War was the constant backdrop of my childhood.

Several days earlier, I had watched the final episode of Ken Burns’ series “The Vietnam War.”

The Three Servicemen

This statue is part of the Vietnam memorial.

There is one dedicated to service women, too, and even though I am a former member of the Women’s Army Corps, I missed that one. A sane person can’t help but wonder why world leaders think war is so important. The thirst for power, wealth and land causes so much misery.

If only that energy and passion could be put toward creating justice and peace.

Until then, we need our military, and we need to keep it strong and effective. God bless our service members and civilians who dedicate themselves to defense, and those who have given their lives.

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