Military Monuments and Memorials in the United States
Collected by Maggie Fuller, AFAR Staff
War memorials and monuments are often the best-known attractions of any city or country, but despite their somber context, most memorials are so much more than items on a to-see list. These memorials and monuments are historically rich as well as beautiful places to reflect, remember and celebrate the men and women who serve and have served in the US armed forces.
1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204, USA
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...
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, the world's tallest standing bronze statue honors the Marines who have defended the United States since November 10, 1775 with every major battle campaign inscribed at its base. The 32-foot-high...
Arlington, VA 22204, USA
Memorial Amphitheater is absolutely breathtaking. On the other side of that stage is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but wandering around we saw this amazing scene—very neoclassical, and a nice treat while walking through the cemetery.
Arlington, VA 22211, USA
The Arlington National Cemetery is a 625-acre cemetery where fallen veterans have been laid to rest since the American Civil War. The cemetery lies at the end of Memorial Bridge, across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,...
2815 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
The War Memorial Natatorium was originally built in 1927 to remember those who fought and served in World War I. It is a (now closed) saltwater swimming pool built right off the beach and into the Pacific Ocean. The Duke Kahanamoku, renowned...
900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
What I loved most about my recent walk in Washington, D.C., was the Korean War Veterans Memorial, with larger-than-life stainless steel statues of American soldiers caught as though in the middle of war. Located in West Potomac Park, the memorial...
1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024, USA
The memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C., are inspiring during the day, but at night, they are simply mesmerizing. On a chilly November night, I decided to stroll by the monuments. I had especially wanted to see the Jefferson Memorial light...
1 Wilson Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA
Inside Arlington Cemetery and standing on a hill overlooking D.C., the tomb was dedicated in 1921. It originally contained the remains of four unknown soldiers, each one representing the thousands of unknown soldiers from World War I, World War...
6922, 368 Northgate Mall Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37415, USA
The museum is tucked away in an unassuming and almost hidden corner of Northgate Mall. I had to ask mall security for directions but am glad that I did. The exhibits are top-notch and professionally laid out in a chronological and visually...
4820 Leonard St, Cape Coral, FL 33904, USA
The Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library in Cape Coral includes thousands of items donated by local veterans, from as early as WWI and WWII to the present day. Gallery tours are available as well as open discussions with veterans concerning...
1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA
I frequently photograph our national monuments. It's one of the perks of living in D.C. The night of the Blue Moon was no different. This was one of my favorites of the night. The moon is reflecting the WWII Memorial with the Washington Monument...
2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA
In 2006, Kansas City opened the nation’s official museum dedicated to World War I, recently refurbished to be the center of WWI centennial celebrations 2014. The Walk of Honor leads you down to the museum entrance; to pass into the exhibits, you...
911 Lejeune Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28540, USA
In Jacksonville, NC, resides the Beirut Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial in a quiet, historical area adjacent to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Jacksonville was home to many of the victims of the Beirut bombing that occurred on October 23, 1983...
3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731, USA
Situated on top of a hill that overlooks the ocean and Catalina Island, the Korean Friendship Bell is a beautiful gift that was given to Los Angeles by the Republic of Korea in 1976. It commemorates the American bicentennial, honors Korean War...
Washington, DC 22202, USA
The Pentagon Tour is the kind of immersive American experience you should not skip. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year for good reason. On the hour-long, 1.5-mile walking tour, you'll peek into the world's largest low-rise office...
1 Lincoln Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA
Located in the Presidio, the San Francisco National Cemetery was the first national cemetery established on the west coast. It is the final resting spot for over 30,000 soldiers, family members, and other notable figures. A walk among the white...
800 S Gay St #700, Knoxville, TN 37929, USA
On the grounds of the "Old Courthouse" are several monuments and memorials to people, places, and events that have molded Knoxville’s history. One prominent memorial is a statue of a rugged soldier dressed in a uniform from the late 1800s,...
270 W Irving Park Rd, Wood Dale, IL 60191, USA
Located in downtown Wood Dale, the Veterans Memorial park area is a place to pay respect to those who have served in the armed forces. Dedicated on November 11th, 2000, this memorial celebrates of all members of the community who made sacrifices...
Vero Beach, FL 32963, USA
Parks, playgrounds, picnic areas, benches, and biking and exercise trails are in abundant supply in Vero Beach. There is actually an extraordinary amount of parks in relation to the small area and population. There is a park for practically...
1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431, USA
This sprawling expanse of a museum is a wonder unto itself. It includes several entire hangers of complete aircraft spread over several acres (and has an additional off-site hanger of previous Air Force One aircraft). It traces the history of the...
Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
You can find this gem of a WW2 Liberty Ship docked at Pier 45 in the Fisherman Wharf neighborhood. You'll have to make your way through the crowds of visitors and many a seagull being fed a french fry, but if anyone you're traveling with thinks...
Pearl Harbor, HI 96701, USA
Every December 7 at Pearl Harbor, there is a memorial to those who died in the awful attacks that day in 1941. Survivors gather here, though fewer every year remain alive. Oil still rises from where the USS Arizona lies in the harbor. The horrific...
5410 Joyce Kilmer Rd, Robbinsville, NC 28771, USA
Towering between the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon are 500 to 600 year old trees in a 3,800-acre old-growth hardwood forest named after journalist, poet and U.S. Army veteran Joyce Kilmer – author of the poem “Trees”. Many of these...
Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
A trip to Boston, especially the first time, would be incomplete without a short walk across the Charlestown Bridge to the Navy Yard. Not only is the surrounding neighborhood filled with lovely colonial houses encircling the magnificent Bunker...