• World War II Memorial

    World War II Memorial

    District of Columbia

Stories

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor resonates with meaning for every American citizen. December 7, 1941 remains one of the darker, more devastating days in American military history. More...

 

America Enters the War

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a Joint Session of Congress, requesting a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. The president had chosen his words with care, even editing the final text as he delivered the speech. Click here for the final text version as recorded in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

August 1945

In the summer of 1945, with the war in Europe concluded, the Allies turned their attention toward defeating Japan. The United States also contemplated the use of weapon of devastating power. More...

Did You Know?

Stars

The Freedom Wall is comprised of 4,048 gold stars. Each gold star represents one hundred American service personnel who died or remain missing in the war. The 405,399 American dead and missing from the Second World War are second only to the loss of more than 620,000 Americans during our Civil War.