Remembering our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Remembering our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

With Monday being Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to honoring relatives, friends and loved ones who died while serving in the U.S. military.


Many people will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country by visiting one or more of the memorials and monuments on Olympia’s Capitol Campus. They include:

  • The Winged Victory Monument, located in the center of the west campus drive-around circle northeast of the Legislative Building. It was dedicated in 1938 in memory of the state’s fallen World War I soldiers.
  • The World War II Memorial, located on the northeast lawn of the west campus, near the corner of 11th Avenue and Capitol Way. This memorial, which honors the nearly 6,000 soldiers killed in WWII, was dedicated in 1999.
  • The Korean War Memorial, located in the East Campus Plaza next to the Capitol Way skybridge. Dedicated in 1993, it remembers the 532 Washington soldiers killed in that war.
  • The Vietnam War Memorial, dedicated in 1987 and located on the east lawn of the Insurance Building on the west campus. Etched into the memorial’s granite wall are the names of the 1,116 Washingtonians killed or missing in the war.
  • The POW-MIA Memorial, located directly east of the Winged Victory Monument on the west campus. Dedicated in 1988, it remembers those who are still missing in action or were prisoners of war.

To learn more about the memorials or other works of art on the Capitol Campus, go here.The state Department of Veterans Affairs has a public events calendar page here on its Web site where viewers can learn where Memorial Day events will be held throughout the state. Among them will be a ceremony from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial on the Capitol Campus to honor the fallen soldiers in that war. 

The National Moment of Remembrance will take place at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Established by Congress, it asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m. to pause for one minute in an act of national unity. To learn more about the National Moment of Remembrance, click here.

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