Our motor coach passed by the new U.S. Institute of Peace building, under construction.
WW II Memorial
World War 2 Monument, National Mall, Lincoln Memorial
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The granite and bronze World War II monument encompasses 7.4 acres, about the size of a football field, and is defined by a large oval located in the center of the mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. Most of the $172 million to build it was raised through private contributions.
At its north and south entrances, huge, 43-foot archways represent the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of the war. Inside the oval is a wall with 4,000 gold stars, each star representing 100 American deaths.
One of the 24 bronze bas reliefs that flank the ceremonial entrance
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With memorials already in place to Korean and Viet Nam veterans, everyone agreed that WW2 vets were not only entitled to a memorial, but that it was inexplicably overdue. Nevertheless, both the location of the memorial as well as the style, have been topics of strong debate, even among veterans.