Iconic Memorials in Washington DC


Washington DC is the heart of American History and a place to remember our country’s past and those who influenced it. There are statues of commemoration to presidents, influential people in history, wars and general American heroes who have changed the American landscape for the better.

  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

This monument is in honor of the late president Franklin Roosevelt. The display is broken up into four “rooms” to represent his four years in office. In these rooms, multiple murals and other statues reside. His monument encompasses issues from the Great Depression to World War II. The memorial also is a home to a great view of the Tidal Basin, the man-made reservoir, that is home to so many beautiful cherry blossom trees.  


  1. Korean War Veterans Memorial

In 1995, this memorial was unveiled with 19 statues of soldiers. The number 19 is significant because it represents each branch of the Armed Forces. The figures also represent the wall, or the border between North Korea and South Korea, which is also known as the 38th parallel. Images of men, women, and even dogs who served surround the soldier statues. 


  1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American activist and was essentially the leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He is known for his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. The statue is designed directly from the words of his speech. His words, during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1962: “With this faith, we will be able to hew out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” The memorial show Dr. King himself as the stone with two massive pieces of granite places behind him to represent the mountain of despair, mentioned in his speech.


  1. Vietnam Women’s Memorial

This is a memorial dedicated to all of the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. The majority of women who served were nurses and the monument itself shows the importance of women during this war. The bronze statue shows three females in uniform aiding one who is wounded. This is a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Glenna Goodacre designed this specific piece and was dedicated in 1993.


  1. Albert Einstein Memorial

Albert Einstein was not a war hero, by any means but he did contribute many scientific and technological advances to society. It is a bronze statue, sculpted by Robert Berks and resides on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences.

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