ith Independence Day just days away, TravelWeekly.com is taking some time to honor the men and women who've given their lives for our nation.

Below is a sampling of the monuments and memorials in and around Washington paying tribute to the fallen. Unless specified, all locations are within Washington city limits.

Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Arlington, Va.

This is the final resting place of thousands of American soldiers, sailors and airmen, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its precision-drill honor guard.

The tomb contains the remains of three unidentified servicemen, one each from the two world wars and the Korean conflict. A fourth crypt now is empty, as the remains of the Vietnam War's unknown soldier were identified in 1998 through DNA testing.

President John F. Kennedy is buried here, his grave adorned with an eternal flame. Nearby is the grave of the President's brother, Robert F. Kennedy.

On Oct. 18, 1997, the "Women in Military Service for America" memorial was dedicated and became the first major memorial honoring all women who served and will serve in defense of the U.S. The memorial is located at the ceremonial entrance to the cemetery.

Phone: (703) 607-8052
Web:www.arlingtoncemetery.org
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 1 to March 31; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 1 to Sept. 30

Iwo Jima Memorial, George Washington Parkway and I-66, Arlington.

Near Arlington National Cemetery stands the Iwo Jima Memorial, dedicated to Marines who have given their lives in defense of the U.S. since 1775. The statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II and stands as a symbol of the nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Web:www.iwojima.com

The United States Navy Memorial, Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 7th and 9th streets.

The memorial honors the men and women of the U.S. Navy and centers on a circular plaza bearing the world's largest map of the world. A seven-foot statue called the "Lone Sailor" stands on the map and represents all who have served or will serve in the Navy. The Visitor's Center contains artwork, the Ship's Store and an interactive video display of every ship and aircraft in the Navy.

Phone: (202) 737-2300
Web:http://seewashingtondc.net/navy.htm
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Korean War Memorial, located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, Westbound Independence at 23rd Street SW.

Only five years after the end of World War II, the U.S. sent troops to Korea where they fought with other nations under the U.N. flag; 1.5 million American men and women served during the conflict.

On Oct. 28, 1986, Congress authorized the American Battle Monuments Commission to establish a memorial. Ground was broken in November 1993, and the memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995.

Web:www.nps.gov/kwvm/

The Three Servicemen Statue is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 21st Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Constitution Gardens.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the men and women of the armed forces that served in the Vietnam War. The names of more than 58,000 who gave their lives or remain missing are listed on black granite panels.

The ground was formally broken on March 26, 1982, and the memorial was dedicated Nov. 23, 1982.

Also part of the memorial is the Three Servicemen Statue and Flagpole and the Vietnam Women's Memorial.

Web:www.nps.gov/vive/home.htm

For more on monuments and memorials in Washington, visit the Monuments and Memorials section in the Visiting Washington page on www.senate.gov.

D.C. World War II monument to be dedicated in 2004

By Kimberly Scholz

WASHINGTON -- The National World War II Memorial in Washington will be the first national memorial dedicated to the 16 million men and women who served -- and more than 400,000 troops who died -- in the armed forces during World War II.

The memorial, which was established by the American Battle Monuments Commission, will be located at the Rainbow Pool site on the National Mall, at the east end of the Reflecting Pool between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

The memorial received more than $190 million in cash and pledges, including $16 million provided by the federal government.

Construction began in August 2001. The American Battle Monuments Commission expects the memorial to be completed in the spring of 2004 and to be dedicated on May 29, 2004 -- Memorial Day Weekend.

For further details, call (800) 639-4WW2; e-mail: [email protected] or visit www.wwiimemorial.com.

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