1. The memorial was completed and opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated one month later on May 29. At that time a 4-day "grand reunion" of veterans was held, notes the National Park Service (NPS).
2. Designed by Friedrich St. Florian, an Austrian-American architect. St. Florian's design was chosen after it was the winning entry in a competition.
3. The memorial is comprised of granite, bronze and water.
4. Each wall contains many famous quotes from various historical figures. Additionally, there are sections which commemorate famous battles and military campaigns which occurred during WWII.
5. The wall of stars on the memorial totals 4,048.
6. The 48 states (during WW II), 7 federal territories and District of Columbia are each represented on the memorial with its own granite pillar and wreath.
7. The tall stones on either end of the memorial represent the Atlantic and Pacific victories. Each are 43 feet tall.
8. The WW II Memorial sits between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.
9. Before the WW II Memorial was built, the site was known as the "Rainbow Pool".
10. Somewhere on the WWII Memorial “Kilroy Was Here” graffiti is present in two places (I have yet to see this, only learned about it recently).
Many people see this memorial each year, including veterans. NPS estimates 4.4 million people a year come to visit.