Monuments and Memorials: Photos of Washington, DC

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    The Washington Monument

    Washington Monument
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    Washington DC is home to a variety of monuments and memorials dedicated to American leaders and war heroes. Take a photo tour and see many of the iconic images of the nation's capital.

    Photo Above: The Washington Monument,​ a memorial to George Washington, our nation's first president, is the most prominent landmark in Washington, DC and stands as the centerpiece of the National Mall.

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    Lincoln Memorial

    Lincoln Memorial
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    The Lincoln Memorial occupies a prominent space on the National Mall in Washington, DC and is a tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, who fought to preserve our nation during the Civil War.

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    Lincoln Memorial Statue

    Close view of the Lincoln statue
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    A 19-foot larger than life-size marble statue of Lincoln sits in the center of the memorial and the words of the Gettysburg Address and the Second Inaugural Address are inscribed on the walls.

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    Jefferson Memorial

    Jefferson memorial
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    The Jefferson Memorial is a dome-shaped rotunda that honor’s our third president, Thomas Jefferson. A 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson is surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence and Jefferson’s other writings.

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    World War II Memorial

    National World War 2 memorial, Washington DC
    Klaas Lingbeek- van Kranen / Getty Images

    The World War II Memorial, the newest monument on the National Mall in Washington DC, is a beautiful place to visit and pay your respects to World War II veterans. It is an oval shape with two 43-foot arches, representing the war's Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Fifty-six pillars represent the states, territories and the District of Columbia at the time of the war.

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    Vietnam Veterans Statue

    Vietnam Veterans Statue
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    This life size bronze statue depicting three young servicemen is located near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial

    Single long-stemmed red rose left atop names inscribed in Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, Washington DC, USA
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    The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a black granite wall inscribed with the names of 58,209 American’s killed or missing in the Vietnam conflict.

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., United States of America, North America
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    The FDR Memorial honors Franklin D. Roosevelt for leading the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. This impressive memorial to FDR is spread over 7.5 acres and includes numerous statues, quotes, and waterfalls.

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    Korean War Memorial

    Korean Veterans Memorial; Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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    The Korean War Memorial honors the veterans of this war with a group of 19 statues that depict soldiers on patrol facing an American flag.

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    Iwo Jima Memorial

    Iwo Jima Memorial also known as the Marine Corps War Memorial, Washington DC, USA at dawn
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    Iwo Jima 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.

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    Navy Memorial

    The United States Navy Memorial - Washington, DC
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    The Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington DC honor and commemorate the sailors of the United States Navy. The memorial is an outdoor public plaza and the Heritage Center serves as a place to learn about the history and heritage of the men and women of the sea services.

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    Air Force Memorial

    Virginia, Air Force Memorial As Seen From Arlington Cemetery.
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    The Air Force Memorial honors the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force.

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    Pentagon Memorial

    Pentagon 911 Memorial, Arlington, Virginia, USA
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    The Pentagon Memorial honors the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon 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.

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    Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

    Theodore Roosevelt memorial
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    The 17-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt stands in the center of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 91-acre wilderness preserve that serves as a memorial to the nation's 26th president, honoring his contributions to conservation of public lands for forests, national parks, wildlife and bird refuges, and monuments.

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