How Well Do You Know Washington, D.C., Monuments and Memorials?

Becky Stigall

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Our nation's capital is a worthwhile tourist destination. The historical context of the city includes endless monuments and memorials. Try to identify 35 of them in this quiz!

What Washington memorial is divided into four sections?

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial was designed with four rooms, to commemorate FDR's four presidential terms. Each room houses remembrances of major issues during FDR's time in office.

What war memorial features soldiers on the 38th parallel?

The Korean War Veterans Memorial features statues of 19 soldiers, as well as over 2,400 pictures of those who served.

The annual Easter sunrise service is held at what Washington memorial?

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial is a mini Roman Pantheon with a bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. It is one of the most popular tourist memorials in the city.

What memorial holds a wall?

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial includes the Three Soldiers statue, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. It is located on the National Mall.

What memorial is dedicated to a famous civil rights leader?

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his "I have a dream" speech.

Which memorial opened in 2004 with a grand reunion of veterans?

The World War II Memorial is a tribute to those who served and died during World War II. The memorial receives more than four million visitors per year.

What monument is the world's largest freestanding stone structure?

The Washington Monument honors George Washington. The monument's construction was interrupted by the Civil War.

What memorial overlooks the largest D.C. reflecting pool?

The Lincoln Memorial commemorates Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. The memorial has 36 columns - one for each state at the time of Lincoln's death.

What memorial is called the Spirit of Freedom?

The African American Civil War Memorial commemorates the service of the more than 200,000 African Americans who fought for the Union during the civil war.

What memorial commemorates the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights?

The George Mason Memorial is located in West Potomac Park and was the last memorial built on the National Mall. It was dedicated in 2002.

What memorial commemorates a member of the National Academy of Sciences?

The Albert Einstein Memorial is a bronze statue near the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. The memorial has 2,700 metal studs meant to depict celestial bodies.

What memorial honors service men and women who were permanently injured during their service?

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial was dedicated in 2014 by then-president Obama. Some of the funds for the memorial were raised via the sale of a commemorative coin.

What memorial crosses the Potomac River?

The Arlington Memorial Bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day.

What memorial honors the mothers of service men and women who died during their service?

The Gold Star Mothers National Monument is a proposed monument to be built on the National Mall. Gold Star Mothers share the terrible bond of having lost a son or daughter in service of the United States.

What monument was once known as Anderson's Cottage?

The President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument is sometimes called President Lincoln's Cottage. It is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

What memorial represents "American Manhood and Womanhood and the ideals they will pass onto the youth."

The Boy Scout Memorial is a statue of three bronze figures. The Scout oath is engraved on the base.

What memorial commemorates the lives of two men who died on the Titanic?

The Butt-Millet Memorial Fountain celebrates the lives of Archibald Butt and Francis Davis Millet, both of whom went down with the Titanic in 1912. Butt was a military aide to President Taft.

Which monument commemorates a present who served only for a few months?

The James A. Garfield Monument commemorates Garfield's life as a student, warrior and statesman. His time as president ran from March 4 to September 19, 1881.

What memorial thanks certain American citizens who were forced into internment camps during World War II?

The Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II is a bronze statue named Golden Cranes. Walking through the memorial is meant to create sensations of confinement and release.

What monument was featured in the 1989 film, "Glory"?

The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial is a bronze relief inscribed with, "He left behind everything to save the Republic."

What memorial commemorates the senator son of a former president?

The Robert A. Taft Memorial is for the son of President William Howard Taft. He was an Ohio senator.

What memorial commemorates the life of a Washington Star owner?

The Kauffmann Memorial marks the grave of Samuel Kauffmann.

What monument spans Washington D.C.'s tidal basin?

The Kutz Memorial Bridge is named after Brigadier General Charles W. Kutz and is a continuation of Independence Avenue.

What memorial honors a Ukrainian poet?

The Taras Shevchenko Memorial commemorates the poet's efforts to promote freedom in his home country.

What memorial features a vault that houses sheet music for "The Beat Goes On"?

Sonny Bono Memorial Park was paid for by real estate developer and Bono family friend, Geary Simon.

What monolith commemorates the 36th president of the United States?

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac is located in Lady Bird Johnson Park and features a voice recording of Lady Bird herself.

What memorial is in honor of one of the fathers of photography?

The Daguerre Memorial is inscribed with, "Photography, the electric telegraph, and the steam engine are the three great discoveries of the age." The daguerreotype was an early form of photography.

What was the first war memorial to be erected in West Potomac Park?

The District of Columbia War Memorial is a copy of a Doric temple. It was intended to be used as a bandstand.

What memorial commemorates the life an African-American educator?

The Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial is a bronze statue by Robert Berks. Part of the inscription reads, "I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another."

What memorial is located in the Constitutional Gardens?

The Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence celebrates the contributions of the 56 original signers. The memorial is constructed using 56 stone blocks.

What statue is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial?

The Three Soldiers is a bronze statue that was unveiled in 1984. It was an addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial already in place.

What statue depicts a man with outstretched arms?

The Titanic Memorial was designed by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The memorial features a quote which reads, in part, "They gave their lives that women and children might be saved."

What memorial is part of the Heritage Center?

The United States Navy Memorial was dedicated on October 13, 1987, to past and present members of the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marine.

What monument is an arrangement of 22 Corinthian columns?

The National Capitol Columns are made of sandstone and are located in the Ellipse Meadow. Two additional columns are located at the top of Mount Hamilton.

What memorial is dedicated to police who have died in the line of duty?

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial depicts four adult lions, each watching over two lion cubs. The first law enforcement officer died in the line of duty in 1791.

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