United States Memorials


United States Memorials

The United States has many prominent memorials and monuments within the country commemorating the past wars, leaders, and other notable events from American history. A great deal of these memorials can be found in Washington, D.C., the nation's capital and 10 of the 20 are found in either D.C. or Virginia.

List of Memorials

*Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, Virginia), memorial cemetery for US war dead
*The Washington Monument (Washington, D.C., opened 1885), in honor of former President George Washington
*The National Memorial Arch (Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1910), in honor of "the officers and private soldiers of the Continental Army". [http://www.nps.gov/archive/vafo/MONUMENT/vfmon08.html]
*The Tomb of the Unknowns (Arlington, Virginia, opened 1921), memorializing the unidentified dead Americans in all wars
*The Lincoln Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 1922), in honor of former President Abraham Lincoln
*The Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Keystone, South Dakota, dedicated 1925), in honor of the first 150 years of American history represented by Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln
*The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (St. Louis, Missouri, opened 1935), commemorating the Louisiana Purchase and the settlement of the American West; site of the Gateway Arch (completed in 1965)
*The Jefferson Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 1943), in honor of former President Thomas Jefferson
*The USMC War Memorial (Arlington, Virginia, opened 1954), memorializing all personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in the defence of the United States since 1775
*The USS Arizona Memorial (Honolulu, Hawai‘i, opened 1962), commemorating the US dead in the attack on Pearl Harbor
*The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 1982), commemorating the US war dead in the Vietnam War
* The Vietnam Women's Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 1993), in memory of women, mostly nurses, who served in the Vietnam War.
*The Patriots Point War Dog Memorial is located on the aircraft carrier USS "Yorktown" at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, SC, commemorating the contributions of trained military dogs in wartime. [http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/canada/1206/exhibit/index.htm]
*The Korean War Veterans Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 1995), commemorating the men and women who served in the Korean War
*The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 2001), in honor of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
*The Oklahoma City National Memorial (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, opened 2001), commemorating those who died in and were otherwise affected by the Oklahoma City bombing
*The Liberty Memorial (Kansas City, Missouri, opened 1926, redesigned 2000), America's National World War I memorial and museum, in remembrance of those who served and died in the First World War
*The National D-Day Memorial (Bedford, Virginia, opened 2001), in remembrance of those who served and died in the Battle of Normandy
*The National World War II Memorial (Washington, D.C., opened 2004), in honor of those who served the US in World War II
*Philadelphia Fire Department memorial in Franklin Square

ee also

* National Memorial
* List of National Memorials
* National Historic Landmark
* National Register of Historic Places
* War memorial
* United States Presidential Memorial


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