I am proud to live in our nation’s capital. It makes me especially proud to be a citizen of Washington, D.C., during special holidays honoring and celebrating those who fought, died and serve this great country. There are many memorials in the District honoring those who served and died in a number of wars. The memorials mean so much to the families and friends of those who served and I am so lucky to be able to see these memorials year round. Here are a few of my favorites; all located on the National Mall except the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which is located on Washington Avenue in Southwest, Washington, D.C.

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

This memorial celebrates and pays tribute to those men and women who come home seriously injured from fighting for our country. It honors them for their selfless and courageous service.

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The Vietnam Women’s Memorial  

This memorial honors women’s patriotic service while fighting in the Vietnam War. This is also the first memorial paying tribute specifically to women who fought in war for America.

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Also known as “The Wall USA,” it is dedicated to honoring all those who fought and died in the Vietnam War. The wall is a nonprofit maintained by the 4th Battalion and 9th Infantry Regiment.

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The Three Servicemen statue

This statue captures the spirit and emotions of soldiers during the Vietnam War. This memorial helped America reconcile with the wounds caused by the Vietnam War.

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Korean War Veteran’s Memorial

This memorial commemorates the sacrifices of thousands of American soldiers who served in the Korean War. It showcases 14 Army, three Marine, one Navy and one Air Force members.  

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World War II Memorial

Honoring the millions who served, died and supported from home during World War II, this memorial is the only 20th century event commemorated on the central part of the National Mall.

Photo Credit: Tori Hasty
Photo Credit: Tori Hasty

District of Columbia War Memorial

Engraved here are the names of men and women from the District of Columbia who fought in World War I. It was created in remembrance of their patriotic service.

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If you ever get the chance to visit the District, these memorials are a must-see. Living here my entire life almost made me too comfortable with my surroundings. I saw the memorials and other Washington, D.C. attractions millions of times, and they meant little to me. Now that I am older, I am able to really understand the history and gain an appreciation for all of the memorials and the sacrifices people have made for me to be able to live in this great country. Thank you to all those who serve in the United States Armed Forces, you are greatly appreciated.