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Air Force Memorial

Air Force Memorial Air Force Memorial Photo: pcouture via Flickr

We are all very aware of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women that serve in the different branches of the military. As aware as we are, it is always nice to be reminded as to just how much has been given in the pursuit of the freedoms that we possess today. That is the goal of the Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC, which was designed and erected to honor members of the Air Force past and present.

The initial planning for the memorial began back in 1992, with then President Bill Clinton signing the bill to authorize the building of the structure. There were a few attempts to block the construction, but the ground breaking eventually took place in September 2004. Construction began in February 2006 and took 7 months to complete. The official opening of the memorial came in October 2006, with a rousing address given by President George W. Bush.

American architect James Ingo Freed was commissioned to design the memorial. Freed is best known for his work on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the design of the USAF Memorial proved to be his last. The design of the memorial, which comprises of a trio of stainless steel arcs, comes from the bomb burst maneuver used by the Air Force Thunderbirds.

The memorial is located in Arlington, and is located on the grounds of Fort Myer. Visitors to the memorial will also be able to take in The Pentagon and the Arlington national Cemetery, both of which are in close proximity.


Open daily April 1st - September 30th: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
October 1st - March 31st: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Address/Map:  1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, Virginia 22204
Phone: (703) 979-0674
Website: Plan your visit to Air Force Memorial
Admission: FREE