Memorial Quotations and Inscriptions

D Day Quote
 
Announcement Stone

HERE IN THE PRESENCE OF WASHINGTON AND LINCOLN,
ONE THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY FATHER AND THE OTHER
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY PRESERVER OF OUR NATION,
WE HONOR THOSE TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICANS WHO
TOOK UP THE STRUGGLE DURING THE SECOND WORLD
WAR AND MADE THE SACRIFICES TO PERPETUATE
THE GIFT OUR FOREFATHERS ENTRUSTED TO US:
A NATION CONCEIVED IN LIBERTY AND JUSTICE.
 
Flagpoles

AMERICANS CAME TO LIBERATE, NOT TO CONQUER, TO RESTORE FREEDOM AND TO END TYRANNY
 
Eastern Corners

PEARL HARBOR
DECEMBER 7, 1941, A DATE
WHICH WILL LIVE IN INFAMY…
NO MATTER HOW LONG IT MAY TAKE US TO OVERCOME
THIS PREMEDITATED INVASION THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN
THEIR RIGHTEOUS MIGHT, WILL WIN THROUGH
TO ABSOLUTE VICTORY.

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Speech delivered befor the Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, one day afer the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Japanese declaration of war on the United States.

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THEY HAVE GIVEN THEIR
SONS TO THE MILITARY
SERVICES. THEY HAVE
STOKED THE FURNACES
AND HURRIED THE
FACTORY WHEELS. THEY
HAVE MADE THE PLANES
AND WELDED THE TANKS,
RIVETED THE SHIPS AND
ROLLED THE SHELLS.

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Statement given for Labor Day, August 19, 1942

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WOMEN WHO STEPPED UP
WERE MEASURED AS CITIZENS
OF THE NATION, NOT AS WOMEN…
THIS WAS A PEOPLE’S WAR,
AND EVERYONE WAS IN IT.

COLONEL OVETA CULP HOBBY
Col. Hobby was the organizer and first commander of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) renamed the Women's Army Corps (WAC) in 1943.

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THEY FOUGHT TOGETHER AS
BROTHERS-IN-ARMS. THEY DIED
TOGETHER AND NOW THEY
SLEEP SIDE BY SIDE. TO THEM
WE HAVE A SOLEMN OBLIGATION.

ADMIRAL CHESTER W. NIMITZ
Statement broadcast to the United States and the Pacific Fleet, after ceremonies accepting the official surrender of Japan, September 2, 1945
 
Western Corners
OUR DEBT TO THE
HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT
WOMEN IN THE SERVICE
OF OUR COUNTRY CAN
NEVER BE REPAID. THEY
HAVE EARNED OUR
UNDYING GRATITUDE.
AMERICA WILL NEVER
FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.

PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN

Address Broadcast to the Armed Forces, April 17, 1945
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THE HEROISM OF OUR OWN
TROOPS…WAS MATCHED
BY THAT OF THE ARMED
FORCES OF THE NATIONS
THAT FOUGHT BY OUR SIDE…
THEY ABSORBED THE BLOWS…
AND THEY SHARED TO THE
FULL IN THE ULTIMATE
DESTRUCTION OF THE ENEMY.

PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN

from Special Message to the Congress on Winning the War with Japan, June 1, 1945

 
Northern Walls
WE ARE DETERMINED
THAT BEFORE THE SUN SETS ON THIS
TERRIBLE STRUGGLE OUR FLAG WILL BE RECOGNIZED
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM
ON THE ONE HAND AND OF OVERWHELMING
FORCE ON THE OTHER.

GENERAL GEORGE C. MARSHALL

Speech to the graduating class of the United States Military Academy, May 29, 1942

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D-DAY  JUNE 6, 1944
YOU ARE ABOUT TO EMBARK UPON THE
GREAT CRUSADE TOWARD WHICH WE HAVE STRIVEN THESE
MANY MONTHS. THE EYES OF THE WORLD ARE UPON YOU…
I HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN YOUR COURAGE,
DEVOTION TO DUTY AND SKILL IN BATTLE.

GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Message to the troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force, June 6, 1944
 
Southern Walls

BATTLE OF MIDWAY  JUNE 4-7, 1942
THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO WIN. YET THEY DID, AND IN
DOING SO THEY CHANGED THE COURSE OF A WAR…EVEN AGAINST
THE GREATEST OF ODDS, THERE IS SOME- THING IN THE HUMAN SPIRIT –
A MAGIC BLEND OF SKILL, FAITH AND VALOR – THAT CAN LIFT
MEN FROM CERTAIN DEFEAT TO INCREDIBLE VICTORY.

WALTER LORD, AUTHOR

from "Incredible Victory - The Battle of Midway" (1967)
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THE WAR’S END
TODAY THE GUNS ARE SILENT. A GREAT TRAGEDY
HAS ENDED. A GREAT VICTORY HAS BEEN WON. THE SKIES
NO LONGER RAIN DEATH – THE SEAS BEAR ONLY COMMERCE –
MEN EVERYWHERE WALK UPRIGHT IN THE SUNLIGHT.
THE ENTIRE WORLD IS QUIETLY AT PEACE.

GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR

Radio address to the American people from the USS Missouri, following the Japanese surrender ceremony, September 2, 1945

 
Northern Fountain Coping

NORTH AFRICA   SOUTHERN EUROPE   WESTERN EUROPE   CENTRAL EUROPE

BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC * MURMANSK RUN * TUNISIA * SICILY SALERNO ANZIO ROME PO VALLEY * NORMANDY * ST. LO * AIR WAR IN EUROPE * ALSACE * RHINELAND * HUERTGEN FOREST *BATTLE OF THE BULGE * REMAGEN BRIDGE * GERMANY
 
Southern Fountain Coping

CHINA * BURMA * INDIA   SOUTHWEST PACIFIC   CENTRAL PACIFIC   NORTH PACIFIC

PEARL HARBOR * WAKE ISLAND * BATAAN CORREGIDOR * CORAL SEA * MIDWAY * GUADALCANAL * NEW GUINEA * BUNA * TARAWA * KWAJALEIN * ATTU * SAIPAN TINIAN GUAM * PHILIPPINE SEA *PELELIU * LEYTE GULF * LUZON * MANILA * IWO JIMA * OKINAWA * JAPAN
 
Atlantic and Pacific Pavilion Floors

1941 – 1945 VICTORY ON LAND VICTORY AT SEA VICTORY IN THE AIR
 
Freedom Wall

HERE WE MARK THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

Ceremonial Entrance (North Side)
WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL

GEORGE W. BUSH
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

FRIEDRICH ST. FLORIAN
DESIGN ARCHITECT

AMERICAN BATTLE
MONUMENTS COMMISSION

2004

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