The National World War II Championship Society is a group of committed individuals generously supporting the Friends of the National World War II Memorial’s mission of teaching lessons of yesterday to unite generations of tomorrow. Through their generous contributions and advocacy, World War II Memorial Champions are helping to honor and preserve the national memory of World War II and to create the next “Greatest Generation” of tomorrow.
The National World War II Memorial’s fifty-six granite pillars celebrate the unprecedented unity of the nation during WWII. The pillars are connected by a bronze sculpted rope that symbolizes the bonding of the nation during the war.
The World War II Memorial plaza and Rainbow Pool are the principal design features of the Memorial, unifying all other elements. The restored historic Rainbow Pool contributes to the celebratory nature of the Memorial and provides seating along the pool circumference for visitors to contemplate and reflect.
The World War II Memorial’s two 43-foot pavilions contain bronze baldacchinos which are an integral part of the pavilion design. Four bronze columns support four American eagles that hold a suspended victory laurel to memorialize the victory of the WWII generation.
A commemorative area at the western side of the World War II Memorial recognizes the sacrifice of America's WWII generation and the contribution of our allies. A field of 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorate the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives. During WWII, the gold star was the symbol of family sacrifice.