Monday, June 15, 2009

Travel: World War II Memorial: Washington D.C.

The United States National World War II Memorial is a memorial dedicated to the Americans who served in the armed forces during WWII. It is constructed on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.
The sighting of this building, as well as all of the other memorials in Washington D.C. are staged very well in relation to one another. The procession between the spaces and the other memorials is truly breathtaking and provides a place for people to reflect inwards.

The design of the memorial drew 400 submissions from architects and designers around the United States. Friedrich St. Florian's design was selected in 1997, yet was altered during the review and approval processes for memorials in Washington D.C..

The Freedom Wall is on the West side of the memorial that has 4,048 gold stars each representing 100 Americans that died in the war.
I was really happy to finally be able to see this memorial because my grandfather fought in the war. I am very grateful that a memorial was finally erected to commemorate the solders of the war. This was is very powerful memorial that I think very very successful despite the critiques that the memorial is too blocky and monumental. I think that the space is at a human scale that is relatable to the individual.

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