Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia

Visit the U.S. Air Force Memorial Near Washington DC

Air Force Memorial
••• Air Force Memorial. © Peter Gridley/Getty Images

The Air Force Memorial, honoring the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force, was officially dedicated on Saturday, October 14, 2006. The inspiring memorial is situated in a prime location in Arlington, Virginia overlooking the Pentagon, the Potomac River and Washington DC. See Photos of the Air Force Memorial

The design of the Air Force Memorial symbolizes flight and the flying spirit with three stainless steel spires that soar 270 feet high and represent contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they disperse in a "bomb burst" maneuver.

The United States Air Force "star" is embedded in granite beneath the spires. The Memorial also has a paved Runway to Glory at the entrance, an 8 foot tall bronze Honor Guard statue, two granite inscription walls, and a Glass Contemplation Wall for visitors to pay tribute to fallen airmen.

The United States Air Force Memorial was designed by James Ingo Freed, the internationally renowned architect who also designed the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. The project was funded almost entirely by private contributions of more than $30 million. The Memorial has a gift shop is located in the Administrative Office at the north end of the Memorial in the same building as the restrooms. The gift shop is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on Federal Holidays.


One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA See a Map

The memorial is located off of Columbia Pike near VA-244.

The Pentagon Metro Station and the Pentagon City Metro Station are about a one-mile walk to the memorial. From the Pentagon Station, walk west through the Pentagon South Parking lot (Rotary Road). Continue onto Columbia Pike. Walk up the hill to the memorial entrance on Columbia Pike.  From the Pentagon City Metro Station, walk north on Hayes.

Take a left on Army Navy Drive. Take a right on Joyce Street. Cross underneath I-395. Take a left on Columbia Pike. Walk up the hill to the memorial's entrance on Columbia Pike. From Metro, you can transfer to Metrobus #16 and ride it to the Navy Annex which is located within a short walk of the memorial.

Limited parking for the memorial is along the left side of the driveway for cars and in the turn-around area for buses.


The Memorial is open to the public every day of the year except Christmas Day.
April 1st - September 30th: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
October 1st - March 31st: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.


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