World War II Memorial (Washington DC)
World War II ended in Europe 70 years ago. As I was recently in Washington DC and visited the National World War II Memorial, I think this is a fitting first post in the new Places of History category.
The National World War II Memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004. It is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
The memorial consist of 56 pillars and two small triumphal arches (one for the Pacific, one for the Atlantic) surrounding a plaza and fountain.
The Freedom Wall on the west side of the memorial has 4,048 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war.
National Mall and Memorial Parks is open 24 hours a day. No ticket, fee or security check was necessary (in April 2015).
The memorial is administered by the National Park Service. Visit the website to find out more.
High resolution (and some additional) photos of the World War II Memorial are available on my flickr album.