Must See Monuments and Memorials in Washington DC

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Following is a guide to the major monuments and memorials in Northern Virginia. Most of them are located just over the Potomac River and are major attractions that visitors should be sure to see when visiting Washington DC.

Arlington National Cemetery
Across the Memorial Bridge from DC, Arlington, VA. America's largest burial ground is the site of the graves of more than 400,000 American servicemen, plus notable historic figures such as President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and world champion boxer Joe Louis.

There are dozens of monuments and memorials onsite including the Coast Guard Memorial, the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial, Spanish-American War Memorial, and the USS Maine Memorial. Major attractions include the Tomb of the Unknowns and the former home of Robert E. Lee.

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA. Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, this memorial to George Washington highlights the contributions of Freemasons to the United States. The building also serves as a research center, a library, community center, performing arts center and concert hall, a banquet hall and meeting site for local and visiting Masonic lodges. Guided tours are available.

Iwo Jima Memorial(National Marine Corps War Memorial)
Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. This memorial, also known as the United States Marine Corps War Memorial, is dedicated to the marines who gave their lives during one of the most historic battles of World War II, the battle of Iwo Jima.

The statue depicts a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press as he watched the flag-raising by five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman at the end of the 1945 battle.

Pentagon Memorial
1 N Rotary Rd, Arlington, VA. The memorial, located on the grounds of the Pentagon,  honors the 184 lives lost in the headquarters for the Department of Defense and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Memorial includes a park and gateway spanning approximately two acres.

United States Air Force Memorial
One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. One of the newest memorials in the Washington, DC area, completed in September 2006, honors the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force. Three spires represent a bomb burst maneuver as well as three core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence. A gift shop and restrooms are located in the Administrative Office at the north end of the memorial.

Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. The gateway to Arlington National Cemetery houses a Visitors Center with indoor exhibits that showcase the roles women have played in America's military history. There are film presentations, a 196-seat theater, and a Hall of Honor which provides recognition to women who died in service, were prisoners of war or were recipients of awards for service and bravery.

 

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