Washington, DC is a city of monuments and memorials. We honor the generals, politicians, poets and statesmen who helped shape our great nation. Although the most famous monuments and memorials are on the National Mall, you will find statues and plaques on many street corners around the city. Since Washington, DC’s monuments are spread out, it is hard to visit all of them on foot. At busy times, traffic and parking makes it difficult to visit the monuments by car. The best way to see the major monuments is to take a sightseeing tour. Many of the memorials are open late at night and their illumination makes nighttime a prime time to visit.
The dome-shaped rotunda honors the nation’s third president with a 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson surrounded by passages from the Declaration of Independence. The memorial is located on the Tidal Basin, surrounded by a grove of trees making it especially beautiful during Cherry Blossom season in the spring. There is a museum, a bookstore and restrooms onsite.
D.C. War Memorial
This circular, open-air memorial commemorates the 26,000 citizens of Washington, DC who served in World War I. The structure is made of Vermont marble and is large enough to accommodate the entire U.S. Marine Band.
Plans are underway to build a national memorial to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower on a four-acre site near the National Mall. The memorial will feature a grove of oak trees, huge limestone columns, and a semicircular space made monolithic stone blocks and carvings and inscriptions that depict images of Eisenhower’s life.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
The unique site is divided into four outdoor galleries, one for each of FDR’s terms in office from 1933 to 1945. It is set on a beautiful spot along the Tidal Basin and is handicap accessible. Several sculptures depict the 32nd President. There is a bookstore and public restrooms onsite.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Our nation honors those who were killed, captured, wounded or remain missing in action during the Korean War (1950 -1953) with 19 figures that represent every ethnic background. The statues are supported by a granite wall with 2,400 faces of land, sea and air support troops. A Pool of Remembrance lists the names of the lost Allied Forces.
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