Overlooking the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, the Potomac River, and Washington D.C., this memorial was dedicated in 2006 to the men and women who have served in the Air Force and its predecessor organizations. The three 270-foot stainless steel spires evoke the spirit of flight and represent the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they perform their "bomb burst" maneuvers. Each spire represents one of the Air Force's three core values: integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Two granite inscription walls, an eight-foot-tall bronze Honor Guard statue, and a Glass Contemplation Wall for visitors to pay respects to fallen airmen are featured as well.
Free and open to the public daily. Insider tip: this is an excellent spot to view D.C.'s Independence Day fireworks on July 4.