Fun Fact April 29, 2020.
29 April 2020
On April 29, 2004, the National World War II Memorial opens in Washington, D.C., providing overdue recognition for the 16 million U.S. men and women who served in the war. You’ll find the memorial on 7.4 acres on the former site of the Rainbow Pool at the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. The granite and bronze monument features fountains between arches symbolizing hostilities in Europe and the Far East. The arches are flanked by semicircles of pillars, one each for the states, territories and the District of Columbia. A curved wall beyond the pool holds 4,000 gold stars, one for every 100 Americans killed in the war. A stone proclaims that the memorial honors those “Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice. The memorial is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is visited by millions each year.