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The Navy Memorial includes both a commemorative public plaza and a Naval Heritage Center. The plaza is a round ceremonial amphitheater paved in granite to form a 100-foot diameter of the world. Surrounding the deck of the plaza are fountains, pools, flagpole masts, and sculptural panels depicting historic achievements of the sea services. A symbolic statue of a Lone Sailor stands watch near the edge of the plaza.
In the early days of America's national independence, architect Pierre L'Enfant envisioned a memorial in the Nation’s Capital to "to celebrate the first rise of the Navy and consecrate its progress and achievements." But it was only in the twentieth century that L'Enfant's vision of a Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., was realized.
A world-class location in Washington, D.C., and a virtual presence around the world, the Navy Memorial celebrates the camaraderie of service at sea.
Corporate Membership provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate your company’s support of the Men and Women of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Participation will also enable your employees to become involved in various programs and activities at the United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center.
The U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation is a national nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to educate the public about the maritime heritage of the United States.
The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions received at the Navy Memorial.
The Navy Memorial and the Naval Heritage Center are located on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 7th and 9th Streets, across from the National Archives.
The following is a list of routinely requested extensions at the Navy Memorial and Heritage Center for Department or offices.
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Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas &
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
Metro Stop: Archives/Navy Memorial
Parking: PMI Garage 875 D Street, NW (next to The Caucus Room)
*Bring parking ticket inside to Ship's Store for discounted rate