Second Division Memorial

Flaming, Golden Sword - Second Division Memorial - Near Ellipse, White House and Washington Monument

Flaming, Golden Sword - Second Division Memorial - Near Ellipse, White House and Washington Monument

Memorial to the Second Infantry Division of the United States Army

Memorial to the Second Infantry Division of the United States Army

The Second Infantry Division Memorial is located between the White House and the Washington Monument and is close to both. 

This memorial was dedicated in 1936 to honor those in the division who lost their lives in World War I. The flaming, golden sword is held aloft, symbolically blocking the Germans. James Earle Fraser was the sculptor. The inscription under the sword reads, “To Our Dead, 1917-1919.”

A later addition on the west side (left in the photograph) honors members of the division who died in World War II, and an addition of the east side (right in the photograph) honors those who died in the Korean Conflict. The memorial was dedicated again in 1963.

Insignia of the Second Infantry Division Carved Into Cross Guard of Sword

Insignia of the Second Infantry Division Carved Into Cross Guard of Sword

The insignia of the Second Infantry Division of the United States Army appears in the center of the sword’s cross-guard.

The Second Division Memorial is located just outside the Ellipse and between the White House and the Washington Monument near the intersection of Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the Second Division Memorial.

Closest Metro Station: The Federal Triangle Metro Station on the Blue and Orange Lines is nearest to the Second Division Memorial.

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