The Most Inspiring Memorials In The U.S. How Many Have You Been To?

National September 11th Memorial & Museum, New York, NY

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At the September 11th Memorial & Museum in downtown Manhattan, two memorial pools mark the footprints where the World Trade Center towers stood. Water cascades down the walls of the 30-foot-deep pools, and the sound of falling water camouflages the ambient city noises. The names of the dead are inscribed along the perimeter of the pools at street level for visitors to read.

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA

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Dedicated in 1954, this sculpture reproduces the iconic World War II photograph of six Marines raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The inscription on the 78-foot-tall memorial reads, “In honor and memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since 10 November 1775.”

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, HI

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This memorial rests atop the sunken wreckage of the USS Arizona, one of the battleships bombed by Japanese Naval Forces on December 7, 1941. Built to resemble a bridge, the white building stands out against the green Hawaiian waters, and large open windows give view to the ship’s wreckage below.

Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C

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A 164-foot wall leads to the Pool of Remembrance to honor Korean War veterans, but the 19 statues that roam the ground are this memorial’s most iconic image. Cast in stainless steel and dressed in ponchos, the seven-foot-tall figures tread across granite slabs meant to represent the rice paddies of Korea.

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