Second World War Memorial in Olympia

Pictures and text by Robert Tarpley

The WWII memorial is located in the city of Olympia WA located on the capitol campus grounds. I photographed it on May 4th of 2009, the kind of typical rainy day western Washington is infamous for. The memorial was constructed in 1995 and has some interesting artistic/symbolic features. The memorial is dedicated to all those who served and gave their lives during WWII as well as commemorating those who were killed from the state of WA.

Panorama view (two photos merged together) of north side of memorial
Dedication plaque commemorating the WWII memorial with list of special donors
Plaque that contains a history of WWII which sets the stage for the visitor
Five blades which represent each symbolizing one of the military units of the war
Five blades located on atop map of the world symbolizing the war's far reach
Close up of one of blades with names of casualties of war
Granite stone (one of five) carved with names of major battles for 1941
4,000 wheat stalks which represents all those who died in the war
Placard representing loss of USS New Orleans that person put next to 1942 stone
Granite stone (one of five) carved with names of major battles for 1944
Close up of tiles that contain personal messages, purchased to help raise money
Longer view of granite tiles which surround memorial
Last granite stone which highlights battles for 1945
Picture taken from eastern side of memorial

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