The Pacific Theater of Operations saw fierce fighting throughout World War II. The U.S. campaign of island hopping proved to be a costly, but effective way of pushing the Japanese war machine back to the home islands. The servicemen featured in this case witnessed key points in the war from the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor to the dropping of the atomic bomb in Nagasaki. Come see photos of the servicemen and captured Japanese weaponry that they brought home as war trophies.
Engraved on its stone and glass walls, the Shrine of Memory originally had the names of Virginians who died as a result of hostile action in World War II and Korea. An addition was dedicated in 1981 to honor those killed in the Vietnam War, and in 1996 the names of those killed in the Persian Gulf were added. There are close to a total of 12,000 names from: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf War. These names are arranged first by counties and cities and then alphabetically.
With over 14 exhibits including the new Pacific Theater War Trophies and the USS Virginia (CGN-38) Ships bill, the Virginia War Memorial Museum.
At the southern end of the Shrine is the statue Memory. Designed by Leo Friedlander and sculpted by Joseph Campo and William Kapp, this majestic monument, which is carved from 100,000 pound of white marble and stands 23 feet tall, reflects both the great sorrow and pride felt by Virginians for their fallen brothers and sisters.
At the base of Memory is the Torch of Liberty, an eternal flame representing patriotism that is everlasting. Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Virginia, headed by General Alexander Vandergrift, U.S. Army and the widows and mothers of deceased Congressional Medial of Honor recipients from Virginia lit this torch in February 1956.
Just outside the south end of the Shrine of Memory fly seven flags: Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Merchant Marines and the Virginia War Memorial. In the center of this semi-circle of flags flies the POW/MIA flag in memory of those Prisoners of War and Missing In Action not yet recovered. To the north fly the national and state flags.