United States War Memorials

Alice Wisler
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United States war memorials are erected as prominent ways of acknowledging and honoring those who have sacrificed their lives for their country. People visiting memorials can reflect on the lives lost and the need to avoid future conflicts.

Famous United States War Memorials

Though there are a good number of war memorials within the United States, some are more visited than others.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial

Dedicated by President Dwight Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the United States Marine Corps War Memorial (USMC) is a military memorial statue located near the Arlington National Cemetery. This statue memorializes all personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died defending the United States since 1775. This statue is also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial.

The Marine Corps War Memorial at sunrise in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, is a memorial cemetery for those Americans who died in wars and for service members who were honorably discharged.

Tombstone At Arlington National Cemetery

The National Memorial Arch

The National Memorial Arch located in Valley Forge (Pennsylvania) National Historical Park was erected in honor of the officers and private soldiers of the Continental Army.

National Memorial Arch At Valley Forge National Historic Park

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknowns (also well known as The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier) is in Arlington, Virginia, and symbolizes the Americans who died in all U.S. wars with no identifiable remains to bury.

Arlington National Cemetery - Civil War Unknowns Monument

The USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is in honor of the Americans who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. This memorial is in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Aerial view of USS Arizona Memorial, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Washington, D.C., opened in 1982. This wall remembers those U.S. service members who died during the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Memorial with flags and wreaths and remaining snow

The Vietnam Women's Memorial

The Vietnam Women's Memorial is in memory of women, mainly nurses, who actively served in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Women's Memorial

War Memorial Stadium

War Memorial Stadium is a memorial in Arkansas to celebrate our nation's victories in World War I and World War II, as well as the remembrance of the 4,634 Arkansans who died during those wars.

War Memorial Stadium

Spanish-American War Monument

Spanish-American War Monument is in Arlington, Virginia, at the National Cemetery. This 50-foot tall column of Barre Granite is a reminder to all of those who died in the Spanish-American War.

Spanish-American War Monument

The Patriots Point War Dog Memorial

The Patriots Point War Dog Memorial is located on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. This memorial commemorates the contributions of trained military dogs used in wars.

The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

The Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial opened in 1995 in Washington, D.C., and commemorates those who served in the Korean War.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Liberty Memorial

The Liberty Memorial is in Kansas City, Missouri, and is America's National World War I memorial and museum.

Liberty Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia, and is in remembrance of those who served and died in the Battle of Normandy.

The D-Day National Memorial

The National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial is in honor of those who served the United States in World War II. This memorial is located in Washington, D.C., between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

World War II Memorial with Washington

The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum

The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, located in Washington, D.C., was erected to commemorate all African American troops who served in the Civil War.

The African American Civil War Memorial

More US War Memorials

War memorials are scattered throughout the United States. Here are some memorials of note that are not quite as well-known as others.

The Purpose of US War Memorials

United States war memorials are places where everyone can go to mourn, reflect and pay tribute. These memorials also serve the purpose of teaching others about the past and giving an insight into historical events that have shaped this country's history.

Honoring Sacrifice

Memorials are also a symbolic cry from those who lost their lives, and a way of letting those who come after them to know something they might not otherwise be made aware. War memorials let a society know that by serving their country these honored men and women contributed to our nation with the very sacrifice of their lives. Memorials speak to us as though to say, Do not forget us. These structures of remembrance can take on many forms, and some of these include:

  • Buildings
  • Museums
  • Graves
  • Statues
  • A room or rooms in a building
  • Monuments

Other American War Memorials

In addition to these famous memorials, there are numerous others throughout the United States. Most cities have memorials erected to war heroes who were from their specific region and fought in a particular war. If you look around your city or town, you might find a memorial with a war story behind it.

United States War Memorials