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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
The exquisitely maintained Normandy Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel, is the final resting place for 9,836 American servicemen.
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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
Many people go to the USS Arizona memorial, watch the film, and then take the shuttle out to the sunken ship, but plan to spend a bit more time at this park. The museums here are excellent, the grounds are beautiful, and pay the extra admission...
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Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Washington, DC is a city of monuments. One of the most photographed is the U.S. Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial in nearby Rosslyn, Virginia. That was my goal when I woke up before dawn one spring morning to catch it in the prized predawn...
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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...