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“Varied fountains, the Lone Sailor, and a large map of the world”

United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
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Owner description: A statue of The Lone Sailor peers over this memorial, which consists of a plaza bearing a granite world map flanked by waterfalls and fountains. The heritage center contains exhibits on naval history.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Varied fountains, the Lone Sailor, and a large map of the world”
Reviewed 23 December 2011

The Navy Memorial consists of a large, open plaza inlaid with an unlabeled map of the world, designed to remind visitors how much of the earth's surface is ocean. Surrounding the plaza are fountains of remarkable variety: water shooting upward, cascading down steps, and spurting horizontally. In the summer, those fountains make this a refreshing place to visit, though when they're shut down and drained in the winter, the attraction loses much of its charm. There are bronze bas-reliefs of nautical scenes, including some illustrating specific U.S. Navy components such as the Seabees. There's also the life-sized bronze statue of the Lone Sailor with his duffel, standing somewhat incongruously in the plaza; it was sculpted in 1987 and incorporates pieces of metal from eight U.S. Navy ships. Even if you're not a sailor, you'll probably enjoy the map and fountains, but it's unlikely anyone could spend more than 10 minutes here.

The Navy Memorial is on Pennsylvania Avenue, halfway between the Capitol and the White House. It's always open and always free of charge. It's immediately adjacent to the National Archives/Navy Memorial metro stop, and the memorial is wheelchair-accessible. There aren't any public restrooms here; the nearest public restrooms are in the Natural History Museum, one block south on 9th Street NW.

Visited April 2011
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arlington texa
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“navy log”
Reviewed 1 July 2011

went there because of the navy log

I was able to learn more on how to enter my mom and dad into the navy log data base

they do have a few exhibits to look at

Visited June 2011
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“United States Navy Memorial”
Reviewed 5 August 2010

The United States Navy Memorial is easy to find because it's right across the street from the back of the National Archives Building. There is also a subway stop at the Memorial. The Memorial itself is impressive with it's bronze plaques depicting historic moments of naval history encircling the front of the Memorial. There is also a wonderful bronze statue of The Lone Sailor standing next to his sea bag. The Memorial, complete with fountains, is a nice place to sit quietly and take in your surroundings. The Museum is a few steps away from the Memorial. Though worth a look, there isn't very much to see in this museum. The United States Navy Museum at the Navy Yard is far and away the better museum. During the summer months, concerts are held at the Navy Memorial one evening a week.

If you're planning a visit to Washington, DC, the Navy Memorial is a must see.

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