10 Famous War Memorials Dedicated to Real Heroes in the USA

The United States of America is a place that is not only filled with fascinating places of interest and sights but also boasts a long and rich history. A lot of this history relates to war and as such the country is filled with incredible and awe-inspiring war memorials, which are located in various states around America. Here, you can see ten of the top war memorials that are well worth a visit.

1: Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Washington D.C.

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, Washington D.C.
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This unique black granite memorial was designed and created by the architect Maya Lin, a Yale undergraduate when she designed it. There are more than 58,000 names on this memorial and they are of those who either lost their lives or who were never found during the Vietnam War. The names on the wall are chronologically listed and there are now also two statues on the site as well, which are ‘The Three Servicemen’ and the ‘Vietnam Women’s Memorial’

Address: 5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC
Website: www.nps.gov

2: National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

National Memorial Arch at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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This towering archway is a memorial to the arrival of General George Washington along with the Continental Army at Valley Forge during the latter part of the 1700s. The design was by Paul Philippe Cret and the inspiration for the archway was the Arch of Titus in Rome. It is thought that the time that the army spent at Valley Forge played a pivotal role in the Revolutionary War. The archway was dedicated in 1917 and there was talk of having a second one but this was never approved.

Address: 420 Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Website: www.nps.gov

3: World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument, Honolulu

World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument, Honolulu
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Spanning a number of different sites in Honolulu, this memorial pays homage to the lives of Americans who were killed in the Second World War in the Pacific front. This includes those who lost their lives in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The memorial in Pearl Harbor is situated right above the remains of the battleship that was sunk.

Address: 1 Arizona Memorial Pl, Honolulu, HI 96818
Website: www.nps.gov

4: Bunker Hill Memorial, Boston

Bunker Hill Memorial, Boston

The Bunker Hill Memorial now forms part of the Freedom Trail in Boston. It commemorates the Revolutionary War and it first major battle. Dedicated in the 1840s, the memorial towers at over 220 feet and is created from granite. It can be found on Breed’s Hill, which is the location where the battle largely took place. There are nearly three hundred steps, which visitors can climb in order to enjoy tremendous views of the surroundings.

Address: Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129
Website: www.nps.gov

5: Liberty Memorial, Missouri

Liberty Memorial, Missouri
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Forming part of the National WWI Museum, the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri stands at close to 220 feet tall. The design of the memorial is an Egyptian Revival one and the memorial was dedicated in the mid-1920s. The top of the tower has carved guardian spirits that are four feet in height and were created by the artist Robert Aitken. Each of these reflects a specific value or quality, which includes sacrifice, courage, honor and patriotism.

Address: 100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6: Virginia War Memorial, Virginia

Virginia War Memorial, Virginia
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This memorial has been created from glass and stone, and it was designed by the architect SJ Collins. The memorial details the names of those from Virginia who lost their lives during the Second World War and it was initially dedicated in the mid-1950s. However, it was then renovated and enhanced in the 1980s with the names of Virginians who served in later wars such as Vietnam and Korea.

Address: 621 S Belvidere St, Richmond, VA 23220

7: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Connecticut

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Connecticut

This is an iconic memorial archway that has become a real landmark in this city. It commemorates citizens of Hartford who were involved in the Civil War and it was dedicated in the 1880s. The dedication was carried out on the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Made of brownstone, this monument reaches heights of over 115 feet and was designed by G Keller, a local architect. You can view scenes that depict the war as well as the subsequent peacetime that followed when you visit this monument.

Address: Trinity Street, Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT

8: Indianapolis War Memorial, Indianapolis

Indianapolis War Memorial, Indianapolis
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Designed by the architects Frank Walker and Harry Weeks, this building really stands out and its design is based upon one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. Standing at over 200 feet tall, there are three floors contained within this memorial which includes a third floor Shrine Room adorned with pillars made out of marble, crystals and a ceiling that is over 100 feet high.

Address: 431 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Website: www.in.gov

9: US Marine Corps War memorial, Washington D.C.

US Marine Corps War memorial, Washington D.C.
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Another great way memorial in Washington D.C. is the US Marine Corps War Memorial, which was created by Felix W de Weldon. This memorial is made from bronze and depicts a number of Marines along with a Navy serviceman holding up the American flag after the Iwo Jima invasion in 1945. Dedicated in the mid 1950s, this is a striking sculpture that really stands out.

Address: Arlington Blvd. and Meade St., Arlington, VA 22211
Website: www.nps.gov

10: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Virginia

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Virginia

Situated in Arlington, Virginia, this military memorial is one of the best known ones in Arlington National Cemetery, which is home to a number of other war monuments and memorials. This is a poignant memorial that pays homage to the many unrecognized soldiers that lost their lives in battle. The marble memorial is the gravesite of an unknown soldier who died in the First World War and there are also additional markers made from marble to mark the graves of other unknown soldiers from the Second World War and Korea.

Address: Arlington, Fort Myer, VA 22211

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