The National War Memorial’s new plaque commemorating the more than 2.5 million Americans killed during World War II reads: “On behalf of all the men and women of this nation who lost their lives to the Nazis, I want to thank you for your service to this great country.”
A memorial plaque reads: The Nazis and the Allies killed more Americans than any other power in history.
The plaque, a nod to the United States’ contributions during World Wars I and II, has been on display in the memorial since October.
It was unveiled last week at the museum’s annual Holocaust commemoration in Washington, D.C. The memorial, which includes the names of more than 600 veterans, includes a photograph of a fallen soldier, the inscription: “We stand united with you in memory of the fallen.”
The monument was inspired by the book by German war historian Max Hirschmann, Hitler’s Great Patriotic War.
In the book, Hirschman said Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party killed more than 1 million people during World of 1939-1945.
The National War Museum’s Holocaust monument at the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
The memorial was made possible with support from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Association.
It is sponsored by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Museum of Modern Art and the National Endowment for the Humanities.