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In Washington, D.C., memorials to several United States wars lie between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The Mini Page takes you on a mini-tour of those two landmarks, along with three memorials: the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial.

The Washington Monument is the world’s tallest stone structure. It is 555 feet, 5 inches tall. It was completed in 1884 to honor the first president, George Washington.

The monument was damaged during an earthquake in 2011. It is closed to the public until repairs are finished.

The National World War II Memorial includes two arched pavilions, one representing the war in and around the Pacific Ocean, and the other representing the conflicts in the Atlantic Ocean region.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is made of two long walls that meet at a corner. More than 58,000 names of service members killed or missing in action are engraved on the walls. The designer, Maya Lin, kept the design simple to “allow everyone to respond and remember.”

At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, 19 larger-than-life stainless steel statues show service members on patrol, representing each branch of the military.

The Lincoln Memorial houses a large sculpture of a seated Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States. It was dedicated in 1922.

Visiting Veterans