Washington Memorials & Monuments
Thomas Jefferson had many attributes: he was a political philosopher, architect, musician, scientist and primarily the third President of the United States. Honoring the former President's life and his contribution to the United States, a 19-foot bronze statue of Jefferson surrounded by his most famous writings stands as the centerpiece of the memorial.
The National World War II Memorial honors the 16 million Americans who served in WWII and the more than 400,000 that died. The memorial is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues. It is between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.
Adjacent to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the Korean War Veterans Memorial features a large mural wall with sculpted soldiers and inscribed with the words "Freedom is not Free." The memorial also features photographic images of nurses, chaplains, crew chiefs and other support personnel that took part in the Korean War.
Located in Lincoln Park, the Mary McLeod Bethune Statue commemorates the life of Mary McLeod Bethune and the organization she founded, the National Council of Negro Women. The Bethune Council House was Mary's last Washington, DC residence and the first headquarters of the organization.
This memorial is intended to remember the American military who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. This was the nation's least popular war. Featured in the memorial is the Wall of names, the Three Servicemen Statue and Flagpole. Also featured is the Vietnam Women's Memorial.
Located near the National Mall, along Cherry Tree Walk. The memorial features four outdoor rooms, each one representing one of his four terms. There is also a 10-foot statue of the former President in a wheelchair. Roosevelt was the 32nd President and came into office during the Great Depression.
Marble walls in Judiciary Square honor all of America's federal, state and local law enforcers. Inscribed on the walls are names of more than 17,000 officers killed in the line of duty. New names are added every May during National Police Week. A museum is currently being constructed that will house a collection of the nation's most significant law enforcement artifacts. A major emphasis will be on educating visitors about the essential role that law enforcement plays in a free society.
The Extra Mile is a national monument that pays tribute to great American volunteer pioneers, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Clara Barton. Continously evolving to include additional volunteers, this memorial will eventually span a one-mile walking path in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. The mile is formed by a series of custom-designed bronze medallions that are set into a granite block in the sidewalk.
Commemorating the involvement of over 208,000 African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War, this museum and memorial is located in the Shaw section of the District. A Spirit of Freedom sculpture is surrounded by the Wall of Honor and the museum features photographs, newspaper articles, replicas of period clothing and an 1834 bill of sale for a young girl in Wilcox County, Alabama. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
Featuring an outdoor memorial to the United States Navy, as well as a Naval Heritage Center that honors the men and women of the U.S. Navy, this popular site also hosts a variety of events throughout the year.
Located in the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial is a tribute to former President Abraham Lincoln. Designed with a Greek Temple theme, this memorial has 36 Doric columns, each representing a state at the time of Lincoln's death. The north wall features an etched version of Lincoln's second inaugural speech.
This momument stands in appreciation of George Washington, the first president of the United States. It pays tribute to his role as a leader while the country struggled to gain independence from Great Britain more than 200 years ago.
The Emancipation Statue consists of a bronze replica of Lincoln with the Emancipation Proclamation in his right hand and his left hand over the head of a liberated slave kneeling at his feet. Interestingly, the statue was built almost entirely with funds donated by former slaves.
Family Tree of Life Statue
Located in Rock Creek Park, adjacent to the Carter Barron Amphitheater, the Family Tree of Life Statue is a large monument made from oak by Dennis Stoy, Jr. The statue represents an African-American family and is open daily from 8am to dusk.
Vietnam Women's Memorial
Located across from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, this large bronze statue depicts three service women and one wounded soldier supported by sandbags. The memorial is open 24-hours.
Theodore Roosevelt Island Washington DC
As a memorial to former president, Theodore Roosevelt, Congress designated a small island in his name. Accessible by footbridge from the parking lot, off the north-bound lane of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, this island includes a memorial plaza with a large statue of Roosevelt, as well as 2 mi (3.2 km) of walking trails.