• 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?

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The Service Flag was used during World Wars I and II. Each family was entitled to hang a small flag in their window; the blue star in the center of the red-bordered white rectangle signified a family member in active service. The star was replaced with a gold one if the family member died in action.