Don’t rush into World War II Memorial – you’re missing out

I didn’t notice the bas relief panels the first time I walked into the World War II Memorial. Like many, I was eager to see the fountain and the memorial from the middle.

OK, go ahead. But when you’re done, linger at the entrances of the north and south ceremonial walls. There are 12 bas relief sculpture panels on each depicting the Atlantic and Pacific fronts.

The panels show the complete influence of the war on the country from agricultural and industrial to military and everyday people from the heartland.

Based on actual photos, th,e bas reliefs were inspired by the Pension Building (now National Building Museum) where the style that makes people the focus of each.

I just added 20 minutes to your visit to the memorial.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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