World War II Memorial

Virtual Visit: Veteran Memorials

Explore the veteran memorials of the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza.
Virtual Visit: Veteran Memorials
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Virtual Visit: Veteran Memorials

Explore the veteran memorials of the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza.

Fun Facts

15 Memorials

5 War Memorials
61,000 Women Veterans in New York State

900,000 New Yorkers served in WWII
NYS Vietnam Memorial dedicated in 1984

482,000 New Yorkers served in the Korean War
Trivia

 

What are some of the other memorials at the Empire State Plaza?
Other memorials include the New York State Children’s Memorial, the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.

Are all of the memorials outdoors?
The majority of the memorials are outdoors on the Plaza with the exception of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and sections of the New York State Vietnam Memorial that are located in the Empire State Plaza Concourse.

Which memorial was the first memorial to be built by a state?
The New York State Vietnam Memorial and Gallery at the Empire State Plaza was the first state effort in the nation to build a memorial to the Vietnam War.

Who are the women represented on the New York State Women Veterans Memorial?
The two bronze sculptures of women on the memorial represent women veterans from all areas of service and Lady Liberty is placed in the middle of the two sculptures.

When did the Purple Heart Medal originate?
The Purple Heart, the nation’s oldest military decoration in current use, originated in August 1782 by General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War.

What is the significance of the tall hedges around the World War II Memorial?
The hedges are made in the shape of a wreath, a common military insignia, that is inverted to represent both the heroism and grief of war.