One of the most compelling elements of the National World War II Memorial is a series of bas-relief panels lining the north and south sides of the Memorial near 17th Street NW. DC-based sculptor Raymond Kaskey created the panels (and all other bronze sculptural elements in the memorial).
The 24 panels illustrate how World War II permeated every aspect of American life from the battlefields to living rooms, farms, and factories. They run in chronological order from east to west and are divided into the themes of Pacific front and Atlantic front, including scenes from life in the United States during the war.
Mr. Kaskey was inspired by the 1,200 foot wrap-around bas-relief frieze on the National Building Museum and used World War II era photographs housed at the National Archives to inform artwork on the panels . Here are a few close ups of these amazing depictions:
The National Museum of American History recently debuted the newly renovated second floor wing, titled The Nation We Build Together. The exhibitions within tell a nuanced story about how foundational American ideals have transformed over 300 years. The exhibitions are deep, artifact rich, and current. The interactive elements are excellent at testing your knowledge of government and political systems, while challenging you to examine your own views.
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Meanwhile, get inspired by these photos from The Nation We Build Together!
The Holodomor sculpture is a memorial to the millions of Ukrainian victims of the manmade famine-genocide of 1932-1933. Creation of the memorial was the result of a collaboration between the National Park Service and the government of Ukraine. Washington, DC resident Larysa Kurylas designed the memorial, including the main sculptural element, titled “Fields of Wheat.” The Holodomor Memorial is located at 1 Massachusetts Avenue NW, near Union Station. It was dedicated in 2015.