Designed by architect Secundino Fernandez, the Maryland World War II Memorial honors the state’s heroes who died in the greatest military conflict mankind ever suffered. Dedicated on July 23, 1998, its site overlooks the Severn River near the U.S. Naval Academy. If you are in Annapolis over the Memorial Day Weekend, a visit to this memorial will allow you to pay homage to Marylanders who gave their lives for their country during World War II.
Appointed by the State of Maryland, the commission that supervised 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.” The other notable features of the Maryland World War II Memorial are summarized below.
20 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 amphitheater is enclosed by a 100-foot diameter ring bordered by 48 rectangular columns that represent the 48 states that made up the USA during the war.
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 large star that shines at night.
Two globes, measuring fourteen feet in diameter, mark the locations of key 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. Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine organized two military hospitals each. Their medical teams saved many American lives in the Pacific Theater.
Your Inn 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 room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.