This often-overlooked memorial commemorates the lives of the 499 citizens of Washington, D.C., who died in World War I. It’s worth a stop on your way to grander, more famous edifices. President Herbert Hoover dedicated the memorial in 1931; John Phillip Sousa conducted the Marine band at the event. The structure is a graceful design of 12 Doric columns supporting a classical circular dome. The names of the 499 dead are inscribed in the stone base.
Washington, D.C.› Attraction
D.C. War Memorial
On the north side of Independence Ave. SW
Our Rating Neighborhood The National Mall and Memorial Parks Transportation Metro: Smithsonian (12th St./Independence Ave. exit), with a 25-min. walk. Near DC Circulator stop at MLK Memorial. Web site D.C. War Memorial
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