Photographer's Note

Remembering World War II

Like I said before, Washington, D.C. is full of memorials, here’s another one: the National World War II Memorial. Last weekend saw the worldwide commemoration of the end of World War I on 11 November 1918. However WWI is the only 20th century war in which Americans took part which does not have its own memorial in D.C. Although this will change, as a memorial has been planned and is currently being built.

The National World War II Memorial was opened in 2004 by President George W. Bush. It is dedicated to the Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the Second World War (1939-1945). The United States entered the war in December 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. At the end of the war almost 420,000 American had been killed, many of whom during Operation Overlord following D-Day in Normandy, France on 6 June 1944 (see the link for a photo I took some years ago at an American war cemetery near Omaha Beach in France).

The memorial consists of 56 pillars, each inscribed with the name of one of the 48 U.S. states of 1945 as well as a number of territories (including Hawaii and Alaska, who hadn’t obtained statehood yet) and D.C. They are arranged in a semicircle around the Central Fountain with two triumphal arches at the northern and southern ends, inscribed with “Atlantic” and “Pacific”. The memorial is located at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, and could also be seen in my earlier photo of the Washington Monument.

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/1000 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 822/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-08-04 15:30
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1628 kb

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