Sunday, May 25, 2008

Memorial Day - In Honor of Our Fallen

The top 10 visited memorials in the U.S. Compiled by Forbes Traveler

10. Fort Sumter National Monument
Annual visitors: 923,061
History: Fort Sumpter in South Carolina was the site of the first shots of the Civil War.

9. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Annual visitors: 787,831
History: The park commemorating some of the hardest fighting of the Civil War lays in both Georgia and Tennessee.

8. Minute Man National Historical Park
Annual visitors: 1,093,352
History: This site in Massachusetts commemorates the 1775 battle at Lexington and Concord that opened the American Revolution.

7. Valley Forge National Historical Park
Annual visitors: 1,230,618
History: Twelve thousand soldiers in George Washington's Continental Army spent a brutal winter at this site in Pennsylvania.

6. USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
Annual visitors: 1,539,986
History: A trickle of oil still leaks from the sunken battleship that lies beneath this memorial in Hawaii. The Japanese attack killed 1,177 crew members.

5. Gettysburg National Military Park
Annual visitors: 1,702,764
History: President Abraham Lincoln immortalized the site of the Civil War's bloodiest battle as the "final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live."

4. Korean War Veterans Memorial
Annual visitors: 3,208,690
History: Located along the National Mall in Washington D.C., the memorial consists of 19 statues of soldiers, a wall listing nations that contributed to the war, and a "Pool of Remembrance."

3. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Annual visitors: 3,538,479
History: The V-shaped granite wall inscribed with American soldiers who died in the war was designed in 1981 by Maya Lin, an undergraduate student at Yale.

2. World War II Memorial
Annual visitors: 3,547,583
History: Featuring a semicircle of pillars representing America's states in 1945, this memorial opened in 2004 along the National Mall.

1. Arlington National Cemetery
Annual visitors: 4,000,000
History: More than 290,000 veterans and casualties of American wars are buried at this site in Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C.

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