Free smartphone app brings the World War II Memorial to you

Brian Albrecht

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The weather outside may be too frightful to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., but you can bring the monument to you via a smartphone app.
 
The free app, “World War II Memorial,” offered by the Trust for the National Mall, the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, is available for iOs and Android, and can be downloaded on iTunes and Google.
 
The app is designed for visitors to the Memorial and those researching information and World War II remotely.
 
Features include:
  • A scrolling timeline detailing its construction and offering key facts about its architecture.
  • An interactive scavenger hunt on the Memorial, enabling you to complete “missions” in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, as well as the home front.
  • An interactive map providing the meaning and symbolism behind the Memorial’s design.
  • First-hand accounts from those who served, which can be selected from every state, branch of service or theater of war.
  • An interactive timeline detailing significant milestones of the war. A link to the American Battle Monuments Commission database, for looking up the name of service members who died during World War II.
Bob Vogel, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, has said in a press release that initiatives such as the free app could help educate a whole new generation about the National Mall and what it stands for.
 
“We know that young people are interacting with the world in new ways and that the National Park Service needs to keep up if we are to remain relevant,” he said. “This app will help us do that.”
 
To download to World War II Memorial app for iTunes, go to http://bit.lyWWIIiTunes. For Google Play, go to http://bit.ly/WWIIGoogle.