Monuments and Memorials Professional Review and Guide
"From the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, the west side of the National Mall is a walk through history. Visit these honored sites and discover a few surprises along the way. Certainly the most-recognized structure in the capital city is the 555-foot-high Washington Monument, built to honor the nation’s first president. You will notice that about one-third of the way up the monument, the color of the marble changes slightly. The construction began in 1848, but was halted during the Civil War. When the builders returned in the 1870s to the same quarry for more marble, enough time had passed to change the color slightly, creating this unusual mark on the obelisk.
As you continue past the monument, walk down a hill to the World War II Memorial. Dedicated in 2004, this expansive site pays tribute to those who fought and died in that war. The memorial is surrounded by fifty-six pillars, which represent the District of Columbia and the US states and US territories existing at the time of the war. In the center is a large fountain, a perfect place to sit, especially on a hot day."