World War II Memorial – Washington, D.C.

The World War II Memorial in Washington consists of 56 pillars, representing U.S. states and territories, and a pair of small triumphal arches for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, surrounding an oval plaza and fountain. Its initial design was submitted by Austrian-American architect Friedrich St. Florian. Opened on April 29, 2004, it was dedicated by President George W. Bush on May 29, 2004. The memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group. My father was a WW II veteran serving in the China Burma India Theater of War (CBI) which is sadly not represented here. It is also sad that so many veterans of that war are no longer with us to view this memorial.