Visit the United States Air Force Memorial

Completed: 6. Visit the United States Air Force Memorial

What an impressive structure.  When traveling to Washington D.C. you can’t miss this memorial.  I decided last year I wanted to learn about the memorial and the history behind it.  I learned a lot from my visit.  At the memorial you’ll find a tribute to fallen air force soldiers as well as medal of honor recipients.

The spiral shape of the memorial is there to “evoke the image of the contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they peel back in a precision bomb burst maneuver.  Only three of the four contrails are depicted at 120 degrees from each other as the absent fourth suggests the missing man formation traditionally used at Air Force funeral fly-overs.”


It’s moving. It’s breathtaking. It’s definitely worth the trip if you’re visiting D.C.



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