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Dedicated on July 23, 1998, the Maryland World War II Memorial overlooks the Severn River near the U.S. Naval Academy. Visiting the monument during Memorial Day Weekend will honor Marylanders who died for their country during World War II.
A committee selected architect Secundino Fernandez to design the monument. The Maryland World War II Memorial was built to honor our state’s heroes who gave their lives in the most costly military conflict of the 20th century.
The memorial consists of a rectangular arena encircled by 48 columns, representing the number of states during the war. Nearby are granite slabs inscribed with the names of 6,454 Marylanders who died in World War II. Other notable features are summarized below.
- Twenty plaques commemorate World War II milestones and turning points. The contributions of Maryland’s military men and women, numbering 288,000, along with those who worked in wartime industries at home, are honored.
- The memorial’s tallest structure is an obelisk that dominates the site. It is seven-sided, symbolizing Maryland’s status as America’s seventh state, and crowned by a giant star that shines at night.
- Two globes, signifying the world and measuring fourteen feet in diameter, are marked by the locations of critical battles in the eastern and western hemispheres.
Maryland’s Wartime Contributions
Maryland’s service men and women made significant contributions to the wartime effort. The Maryland National Guard’s “Blue and Gray” 29th Infantry Division served with distinction in Europe, beginning with the D-Day beach landings in Normandy.
The schools of medicine for Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland organized two military hospitals each. Their medical teams saved many American lives in the Pacific Theater.
Stop by The Crab Shack for a delicious meal before or after you visit the Maryland World War II Memorial.
Lovers of fat, juicy crab, and fantastic seafood don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy incredible deliciousness all year round at the two locations below!
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