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Places to Reflect on Veterans Day

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A few places to remember, reflect, and honor the men and women who have served, or are serving in the armed forces.
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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...
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I lived in Indianapolis for the better part of 20 years before I discovered the small, well curated war museum below the Indiana War Memorial. Admission is free, and the museum includes, among other things, an impressive collection of...
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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...
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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...
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5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20245, USA
One of the most humbling spots—the seemingly endless names that reflect back into the countenance of the visitor—puts a solemn sense of humanity into the memorial.
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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...
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14710 Colleville-sur-Mer, France
I cannot consider the American Military Cemetery and Memorial an attraction but if you are in the Normandy region this is a must see. The cemetery is the resting place of almost 10.000 American soldiers who fought in WWI and WWII including...
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200 Liberty St #20, New York, NY 10006, USA
We were lucky enough to book tickets to see the Memorial right after it opened in September 2011, at the end of a day filled with Occupy Wall Street drumming several blocks away, which seemed to keep the rest of the area relatively quiet....
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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...
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11 Arizona Memorial Dr, Honolulu, HI 96818, USA
The USS Bowfin earned the nickname "The Pearl Harbor Avenger" when it started service one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Now docked in the harbor as a museum, visitors can walk through the attack submarine and imagine what events...
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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...
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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...