Dedicated on July 23, 1998, the Maryland World War II Memorial is devoted to citizens of the state who perished during the greatest military conflict that man has ever seen. Built in Annapolis on Route 450, overlooking the Severn River and near the U.S. Naval Academy, the memorial was designed by architect Secundino Fernandez.
The state-appointed commission that oversaw its construction describes the memorial as consisting “of a rectangular amphitheater surrounded by columns and granite slabs inscribed with the names of 6,454 Marylanders who died in World War II. Stone panels and mosaic circles further depict Maryland’s role in the War.” Several other features of the Maryland World War II Memorial of great interest are noted below.
The amphitheater is enclosed by a hundred-foot diameter ring bordered by 48 rectangular columns representing the 48 states that made up the United States of America during the war.
20 plaques commemorate World War II’s turning points and milestones. The contributions of Maryland military men and women numbering 288,000, along with those who labored in wartime industries at home, are honored.
Two globes representing the world and measuring fourteen feet in diameter are marked by the locations of key battles in the eastern and western hemispheres.
An obelisk, the tallest structure of the memorial, dominates the site. It is seven-sided, representing Maryland’s status as America’s seventh state, and crowned by a large star that shines at night.
Maryland’s Military Contributions
The state’s service men and women made great contributions to the nation’s wartime effort. Of note is the Maryland National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division, which was federalized at the beginning of the war and served with distinction in combat. The University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Hospital organized two military hospitals each that served in the Pacific Theater and saved many American lives. Forming another distinguished military medical unit, doctors and nurses from Baltimore also served admirably in the United Kingdom.
A B&B Near the Memorial
Admission to the Maryland World War II Memorial is free, and it is a little less than two and a half miles from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.