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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

  • 150 Washington Ave. SW
  • Washington
  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Published 07/20/2015

Fodor's Review

After 16 years of planning and an $80 million fund-raising campaign, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opened in late 2014 on a 2.4 acre tract adjacent to the Mall and within full view of the U.S. Capitol. The memorial illustrates the disabled veteran's journey, from injury and healing to rediscovery of purpose. The plaza, with a star-shape fountain and low triangular reflecting pool, features bronze sculptures, glass panels, and granite walls engraved with quotations from 18 veterans describing their experiences. With its single ceremonial flame, the fountain is the focal point of this memorial. It's a powerful icon, expressing the healing, cleansing properties of water and the enlightenment, power, and eternal nature of fire. A grove of trees adjacent to the pool signifies the persistence of hope. The needs of the disabled are front and center in the memorial's design. The low fountain can easily be surveyed by someone in a wheelchair; there are numerous benches in front of text panels and unobtrusive metal bars are placed strategically to help visitors who need assistance to sit or stand. Designed by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, of Alexandria, Virginia, the memorial is a fitting reminder of the cost of human conflict.

Sight Information


150 Washington Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20024, USA

Website: www.avdlm.org

Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 07/20/2015


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