RISMEDIA, May 23, 2008-Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and commemorates the U.S. men and women who have died in our nation’s service. What began as a time to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War, after World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. Here are a few historic spots to consider visiting on your next excursion.
Arlington National Cemetery
Almost 4 million people visit the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, each year. Some visit for the chance to walk among headstones that chronicle the history of America, while others use their visit as an opportunity to remember and honor the nation’s war heroes. Nearly 100 graveside services are conducted each week. Visit www.arlingtoncemetery.org/ to plan your visit.
Marine Corps War Memorial
Located near the Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to every member of the U.S. Marine Corps who has died in defense of their country since 1775. The memorial’s design is based on the iconic photo from the Battle of Iwo Jima. To learn more about the memorial, visit www.nps.gov/archive/gwmp/usmc.htm.
National World War I Museum
The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, brings World War I to life. The exhibits contain objects and documents that include weaponry and uniforms that were used during the war, to letters and postcards from the field. Visit www.libertymemorialmuseum.org to plan your trip.
National World War II Memorial
The National WWII Memorial is located in Washington, D.C., and honors the 16 million who served in the United States’ armed forces, the more than 400,000 who died, and everyone who supported the war effort from home. The memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. Visit www.wwiimemorial.com for more information.
United States Navy Memorial
Located in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Navy Memorial honors the men and women of the Sea Services-the past, present and future-and is made up of a commemorative public plaza and a Naval Heritage Center. The deck of the plaza is surrounded by fountains, pools, flagpole masts, and sculptural panels that depict historic achievements of the sea services. The Naval Heritage Center gives visitors the chance to learn about the history and heritage of the men and women of the United States Navy. To plan your trip, visit www.navymemorial.org.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, D.C., and honors members of the U.S. armed forces who fought in the Vietnam War and who died in service or are still unaccounted for. The memorial consists of three parts: the Three Soldiers Statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the most recognized part of the memorial. For more information, visit http://thewall-usa.com.
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