Air Force Memorial Arlington
Where is it at?
Air Force Memorial
One Air Force Memorial Drive
Where are we going today?
If you're visiting Arlington, or even live in this great city, the Air Force Memorial is worth a visit. It's a great way for kids to learn about history, or expand what they already know about American forces.
The Air Force Memorial stands tall, as it honors the men and women who served, and still serve, in the United States Air Force.
The memorial overlooks the Pentagon, and is near the Arlington Cemetery, so you are surrounded by American history everywhere you look.
You can't miss the Air Force Memorial, because you will see the huge sculpture jutting out from the ground. It's the perfect place for a talking point with kids about events that have happened in American history, and the people that took part in those key events.
There are three spires that you will see, and these represent the three core values of integrity, service before self, and excellence. The spires are as tall as 270 feet, so they are pretty impressive!
The Air Force Memorial isn't an attraction that will take up too much out of your day, so it's worth a stop if you are enjoying a history-filled day out in Arlington, and the surrounding area - which of course, includes Washington DC - and you know how much history is there!
So spend a few moments at this great memorial, and let kids honor those who have served.
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
8am open. 11pm close April 1 - Sept 30. 9pm close rest of year
Daily except Christmas
The memorial is just that - a memorial - so no eating or drinking around it. There are plenty of places in the area to grab some food!.
During Air Force Band concerts, you are allowed small picnics on the grass .
Need a little extra help?
Only working dogs are allowed at the memorial.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop on site at the Administrative office, and is often open weekdays from 9am - 4pm. Here you can pick up gifts and souvenirs!.
What people are saying?
by Craig Talley
The metal spires look like they represent three jets zooming up and breaking away in three arcs. It was amazing to see this monument through the sunrise with the light glinting of the shiny metal. A must see in DC!
by Robert Bolar
This is an exceptionally beautiful monument in the early morning as you can see the sun rising in the background. The hill that it sits on just above the city is spectacular there's a view of the entire DC area from this place. You can see several cranes that have construction projects going on in DC from this spot Valor, courage, sacrifice and integrity service and excellence is what makes the Air Force so absolutely unique if you're in Washington DC take the time to come enjoy this quiet not very visited not very well known new monument
by Christine Hopkins
Truly the most breathtaking monument. The anchor to Columbia Pike on the East side of Arlington. The cornerstone to Crystal Pike. This monument has ceremonies and concerts and an amazing view. The guided tour by Chief Barbara Taylor is so personal and informative, do not miss this.
by Michael Davis
As an Air Force veteran, I really found this site interesting and rewarding. A job well done, thank you.
by Dan Behun
Really impressive. The place has more than the three steel arcs going into the air. With a few side walls that explain and honor the Air Force.