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Friday, May 30, 2014
Are YOU A Liberal? Take This Test . . .
In these polarized times, there can't be that many people on the sidelines. Correct?
And yet, sometimes you may not be sure if someone's a lefty.
In fact, many people who say they are "independent" or "moderate" actually harbor liberal views and even some people who think of themselves as "conservative" view themselves that way simply because they may prefer traditional (e.g. preppy) style clothing or some-such. So, you may wonder: "Is he (or she) really a liberal?" Or you might even have similar doubts about yourself.
Well, wonder no more.
Here's a quick test that will tell if you (or someone you know) may be a liberal:
If you favor added funds for public education and oppose school choice but actually send your own kids to private school, then you may be a liberal.
If you embrace class warfare and badmouth Wall Street "fat cats" while secretly checking the growth of your investment portfolio daily, then you may be a liberal.
If you're all for windmill-produced energy but don't want those monstrosities anywhere near your house, you may be a liberal.
If you say you're a women's libber but you still stand by Hillary Clinton for standing by her man, you may be a liberal.
If you still believe in the labor movement but haven't bought or leased an American-made car in decades, then you may be a liberal.
If you think Sarah Palin's a dingbat but excuse Nancy Pelosi even when she says "we have to pass the bill in order to find out what's in it," then you may be a liberal.
If you hate Rush Limbaugh even though you've hardly ever actually listened to his program, you may be a liberal.
If you preach tolerance and understanding but are among the first to dismiss the views of anyone who watches Fox News, you may be a liberal.
If you say you love babies but still voted for a candidate who favors partial birth abortion, you may be a liberal.
If you think it's OK to overlook Eliot Spizer's and Anthony Weiner's indiscretions and infidelities but you absolutely refuse to forgive Mark Sanford or Newt Gingrich, you may be a liberal.
If you faithfully read the New York Times but never read the Wall Street Journal, you may be a liberal.
If you favor keeping the drinking age at 21 but think its OK for fifteen-year-olds to buy the morning after pill over the counter without parental permission, then you may be a liberal.
If you say that you really like Chris Christie and agree with a lot of his views even though you'd probably never actually vote for him if he ever ran for president, you may be a liberal.
If you say you support government funding of the arts but do not regularly go to museums or attend live theater, you may be a liberal.
If you call yourself "spiritual" but you rarely go to church, synagogue or other religious services, you may be a liberal.
If you like Obamacare but are inquiring as to whether or not your doctor will be providing concierge services, then you may be a liberal.
If you're all for clean energy but you think solar panels look tacky and/or you wouldn't dare part with your gas-guzzling Mercedes, you may be a liberal.
If you tend to agree with Barack and Oprah on race relations but you still live in an all-white neighborhood, you may be a liberal.
If you hate corporate bigwigs but were relieved when Jeff Bezos (net worth $25.2 billion) bought the Washington Post, you may be a liberal.
If you're all for the working man but wouldn't be caught dead having a shot and a beer with him, you may be a liberal.
If you dislike aristocracies but you love Downton Abbey, you may be a liberal.
If you hate Walmart but you rush to buy the latest Apple products made in sweatshops in China, you may be a liberal.
If you believe in global warming and don't want to be disturbed by the fact that we're now having one of the coolest summers on record, you may be a liberal.
We could go on.
But we think that by now you probably get the idea. Yes?
Now! The Dan Cirucci Blog In Russia!
We are in Russia in historic St. Petersburg, the city that was created by Peter the Great because of its proximity to waterways and trade routes.
We've just arrived on a train from Helsinki -- a lovely train ride through forests and over and around lakes.
And we've just gotten settled on board the beautiful Viking Ingvard, one of the Viking River Cruise ships. We'll be here for twelve days cruising the Waterways of the Czars.
We'll be visiting both small towns and large cities in Russia on what is bound to be a memorable journey that will culminate with out arrival in Moscow.
So, stay with us as we take you to Russia on an unforgettable adventure.
And come back to the blog regularly as we update you with photos.
Here we go, as we discover the world's largest nation. All aboard!
Cinderella On Broadway? Take The Family!
Did you know that Cinderella's real name was Ella and that she was tagged Cinderalla by her mean stepmother because she spent so much time sweeping up cinders and cooking near the fireplace?
Okay, so maybe you knew that.
But did you know that Rodgers and Hammerstein created a musical version of Cinderella starring Julie Andrews? Yes, that was in 1957 (seven years after the hugely successful Disney animated film) but the show never appeared on Broadway. Rather, it was televised on CBS and it remains the only musical that R&H ever made for TV. This TV production was produced again in 1965 starring Leslie Ann Warren and yet again in 1997 starring Brandy Norwood. Both TV remakes added songs from other R&H musicals.
But during all this time, though Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella was occasionally performed on stage from time to time it never played on the Great White Way.
Never, until now.
With a new book by Douglas Carter Beane (adapted from the original by Oscar Hammerstein) and a few songs dropped from Oklahoma and South Pacific, a lush, full-scale production of Cinderella has opened at the Broadway Theater and it's drawing large and enthusiastic crowds.
In this Cinderella you will see the magic of Broadway without pyrotechnics, hydraulic lifts, lasers, strobe lights or other new-age technical wizardry. This is a big, old-fashioned, richly orchestrated Broadway musical with up-to-the-minute appeal for the entire family. And the magic is that much more seductive because it doesn't rely on gadgetry.
Did we say this is symphonically superb?
Indeed it is, for you shall be treated to the sound of a full Broadway orchestra -- a sound worthy of Rodgers and Hammerstein. And you will also hear great choral singing the likes of which you simply don't hear anymore.
And the costumes by William Ivey Long alone are worth the price of admission. Surely, this is the pinnacle for this renowned costumer's career and worthy of the Tony Award that he rightly won.
This show has a big, hugely competent cast all-around.
But we still thought that Mark Brokaw's direction could have been a bit tighter and Josh Rhodes' choreography more inventive and more precise. For the record, this is only Brokaw's second Broadway musical outing. So, we'll take all that into account.
Also, we wouldn't have you believe that this is R&H's best score ever -- hardly. But even less-than-best R&H is better than most of what's being offered today. Standout numbers include Impossible and Ten Minutes Ago.
This is a beautiful, extravagant show of high production values produced in one of Broadway's grandest, prettiest theaters. It's what you expect when you hear "Broadway"-- and though a national tour is planned it's a stretch to expect that it will match this. The place and the time to see it is here and now.
And what a joy it was to see so many children enjoying live theater -- and all very, very attentive we might add.
Yes, Cinderella captivated them -- and it will charm you as well!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
'Lady Day' To Get Official Cast Recording 7/15
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Lanie Robertson’s play with music, starring five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald, will be recorded live at Circle in the Square during a regularly scheduled performance during the week of May 27–31 by PS Classics. The label has announced a July 15th street date; preorders are already being accepted at the label’s website, www.psclassics.com.
The two-disc set will be produced by label co-founder Tommy Krasker, who previously helmed Ms. McDonald’s first three solo albums. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill continues Ms. McDonald’s longstanding relationship with Mr. Krasker and PS Classics, following the label’s Broadway cast recordings of 110 in the Shade and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
“Audra McDonald is a vocal genius!
One of the greatest performances I ever hope to see.”
New York Magazine
MESMERIZING! Pouring her heart into her voice, Audra McDonald breathes life into Billie Holiday’s greatest songs.”
The New York Times
“A SPELLBINDING TOUR DE FORCE!”
“The best 90 minutes you’ll ever witness!
Audra McDonald is again AUDACIOUSLY AWESOME.”
“STUNNING & HEARTBREAKING. The performance of her career!
Get to the Circle in the Square theatre – pronto!”
“One of the most exquisite & haunting performances of the year!”
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, which began previews on March 25, 2014, opened on April 13, 2014,and is enjoying an extended run until August 10, 2014, recounts Holiday's life story through the songs that made her famous. In a small, intimate bar in 1959 Philadelphia, Holiday puts on a show that, unbeknownst to the audience, will leave them witnesses to one of the last performances of her lifetime. Through her poignant voice and moving songs, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time shares her loves and her losses.
Among the songs that are performed: “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is directed by frequent Ms. McDonald collaborator Lonny Price. The pair have been developing and working on Lanie Robertson’s playwith music for more than two years. The intimate setting of the Circle in the Square provides a unique theatrical experience, drawing audiences – especially those seated at the tables onstage – into the performance.
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jessica Genick, and Will Trice, who are joined by Ronald Frankel, Rebecca Gold, Roger Berlind, Ken Greiner, Gabrielle Palitz, Irene Gandy and GFour Productions.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grillmade its award-winning premiere with off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre in 1986.
Tickets are available via Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of Circle in the Square.
NHL Draft: Flyers Offer Free Tickets 5/30
In anticipation of the upcoming 2014 National Hockey League Draft, coming to the Wells Fargo Center (June 27-28), the Philadelphia Flyers will begin offering free tickets on Friday, May 30 at 1 p.m., exclusively throughPhiladelphiaFlyers.com/NHLDraft. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Draft allows hockey fans throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region to witness the beginning of the careers of future NHL stars by attending the sessions which begin with Round One on Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. The Draft continues with Rounds Two through Seven on Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m.
"This is truly an exciting event for hockey fans throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region," said Philadelphia Flyers Chief Operating Officer Shawn Tilger. "Hosting the Draft in Philadelphia enables us to generate excitement for hockey in an otherwise quiet time of the year. In addition, the event is a terrific way to showcase the Wells Fargo Center, XFINITY Live! and the City of Philadelphia to visitors from across the world who will be traveling to Philadelphia for the Draft."
NHL team executives, scouts and coaches from all 30 clubs will be present on the NHL Draft floor, the playing surface of the Wells Fargo Center, while thousands of fans from across the country and around the world will also be in attendance. The Flyers hold the 17th overall pick in the first round of the Draft.
In addition to seeing future NHL stars selected, fans attending the Draft will be able to take their photo with a collection of NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup, and shop from vendors selling one-of-a-kind collectibles at the 2014 NHL Draft Trading Card Show. Fan Zone at the Wells Fargo Center will be carrying items from all 30 NHL clubs and a special line of Draft apparel and commemorative novelties. Wells Fargo Center doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 27 and at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 to all ticket holders.
During the NHL Entry Draft festivities, fans can attend NHL Draft Fan Fest at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia, featuring hockey-themed and kid-friendly activities, food and beverages, exclusive Draft and Flyers merchandise, and more. Admission to Fan Fest is free and does not require a ticket. Fan Fest hours of operation are Friday, June 27 from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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Why 'Newsies' Still Has Broadway Dancing
The cast of Disney's Newsies perform "King of New York" on Broadway in New York City. This is absolutely the best-choreographed show in town. Visit http://www.newsiesthemusical.com for ticket and performance information!
We've never been fans of Disney on Broadway.
We've always felt that Disney is Disney and Broadway is Broadway: Two different kinds of stories, two different types of music, two different sorts of entertainment.
To us Disney always meant a genre rooted in fantasy and the tales of storybooks. So we skipped Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and the other Disney musicals on Broadway. Enjoyed the movies, no need to see the live show.
But now there is a Disney musical on Broadway that changes all that.
Yes, it's a re-working of a Disney movie. But it's a movie you've probably never heard of or seen. And no, it's not a fantasy tale. Rather, it's based on actual real-life events.
The show is called Newsies, it's at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway and it's absolutely wonderful.
Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies revolves around the plight of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy who leads a ragged band of teen aged "newsies," who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. Newsies are the guys who used to hawk newspapers on street corners, shouting headlines and charming potential buyers. They thrived in the age of tabloids, a time when print was king.
The story takes flight when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense. Then, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
Of course, there are a few twists and turns (and some disappointments) along the way as this pioneering labor/management struggle ensues. And there's a bit of romance, too as Jack captivates the gorgeous and savvy newspaper reporter, Katherine Plummer.
Newsies is a fast-paced show with with jaw-dropping choreography, catchy songs by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Firestein that theatergoers of all ages can enjoy.
Yes, this is a feel-good family musical. But it's also actually meaningful and uplifting because it's anchored in a strong story with solid values. The show not only introduces Newsies to a new generation but also pleases fans of the original 1992 film which did not get nearly enough attention when it was released. The Broadway production also includes many of the songs from the movie as well as new tunes and an added love story between Jack Kelly and the new character Katherine Plumber.
Christopher Gattelli's inventive choreography is thumpingly athletic and leapingly airy, all at the same time. And Jeff Calhoun's direction is snappy without being breathless.
With a cast of 33, a multi-story scaffolded set, imaginative backdrops and evocative lighting, this is big, Broadway musical production at its very best.
At the performance that we attended, the SRO audience howled with delight.
Go. See. Enjoy. And take the whole family!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Land Where 'Angry Birds' Was Invented
Great Broadway Memories In 'Happy Face'
One of our favorite Broadway memoirs has been Put On A Happy Face, a delightful book by composer Charles Strouse.
Subtitled A Broadway Memoir this journey through five decades of Broadway recounts Strouse's upbringing and his education through the Eastman School of Music. studies under the great Aaron Copeland and adventures in Paris as a young man before taking us through some of the great Broadway musicals of all time.
Three-time Tony-award-winning songwriter (Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, Annie) Charles Strouse can remember attending shows at an early age with his parents and being awestruck with all the glamour. The composer of "Put on a Happy Face" (from Bye Bye Birdie), "A Lot of Living to Do," and "Once Upon a Time" has enjoyed success on both the stage and screen. He co-wrote the opening theme for Norman Lear's '70s TV sitcom All in the Family titled "Those Were the Days."
Bye Bye Birdie, his first and probably most-known success, was responsible for winning him his first Tony Award. The London production of the show won the London Critics' Best Foreign Musical Award. Strouse also co-wrote the 1966 musical It's a Bird, a Plane, It's Superman and Golden Boy starring Sammy Davis Jr.In 1970, Strouse won another Tony for Applause starring Lauren Bacall.
One of the first Broadway shows we ever saw was a Stouse/Adams vehicle, All American which starred the great Ray Bolger and debuted in Philadelphia at the old Erlanger Theater. We weren't certain it would be a huge hit on Braodway. It wasn't. But it had a respectable run.
And Strouse produced many other hits and he is said to be working on a new Broadway musical, The Night They Raided Minsky's.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Where Are We Now? You'd Be Surprised!
10 Big B'way Musical Flops - We Saw Them All!
With the Tony Awards approaching, Broadway will soon celebrate the season's most successful plays and musicals. Mostly forgotten (as always) will be the flops -- the shows that simply didn't make it on the Great While Way.
And, you know what they say: "There's a broken heart (and a closed show) for every light on Broadway."
Well, it's hard to believe but, over the years, we have actually seen ten of the biggest Broadway musical flops that you can image.
Some of these shows barely arrived on Broadway.
Some only played on the Great White Way for a few performances.
Some played for a week or a month or even a bit longer.
And some never even got to Broadway. They closed out of town.
But all we're money-losers -- some monumentally so. Among them are star-vehicles, shows based fully or in part on successful movies and shows penned by renowned authors, composers and lyricists or boasting name directors and/or producers.
Some have even been revived from time to time and tinkered with in efforts to rehabilitate them. But they all bombed -- each and every one of them. And we saw every single one.
Not only that but we sat through every one. Some were excruciatingly bad -- cacophonous, confusing and tedious, to say the least. But some we actually enjoyed -- somewhat.
Here, from the best of the worst to the worst of the worst are the top ten:
10. Teddy and Alice (1987). We enjoyed what the New York Times called an "extravagant treatment of the life of our 26th President [Teddy Roosevelt] and his terminally spunky daughter." We thought the show had a lot of charm but the Times summed it up in two words: Rough riding. It closed after 77 performances.
9. Passion (1994). Set in 19th century Italy, this Stephen Sondheim musical wanted us to believe that a devastatingly handsome soldier would abandon a ravishingly beautiful young woman for a grotesque, decrepit invalid. Not only was the premise dumb but the show contains what is probably the worst score Sondheim ever wrote. Yes, the show won the Tony Award as best musical but with 280 performances it is the shortest-running musical ever to win the Tony. We left the theater with a headache -- and we're huge Sondheim fans. It was revived in London in 2010 but ran there for only two months. A failure, no matter how you measure it.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Dan Cirucci Blog Embarks On Magical Journey!
The Real Meaning Of Memorial Day . . .
Tony Run-up Features Broadway Memories
Right here, we'll feature reviews of current Broadway shows and our take on Broadway personalities, restaurants and memoirs. It's nearly all Broadway, all the time as we celebrate The Great White Way on the Dan Cirucci Blog.
You won't want to miss this -- starting tomorrow.
Could These Be The Best Donuts Ever?
Well, we know where you can find some of the very best donuts, ever.
These are custom-made donuts -- each one personally crafted just for you. You can chose from 10 different donut coatings (from bare to peanut butter) and four different luscious toppings (including coconut and rainbow sprinkles) to create the perfect donut of your choice. These are extraordinary donuts -- every single one is fresh, warm and delicious. And that are designed to be eaten promptly or, barring that, briefly rewarmed in a microwave for just a few seconds.
But to enjoy these donuts you must go to one of Duck Donuts four locations at North Carolina's Outer Banks or their stores in Williamsburg or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
We tried the new store in Virginia Beach and we loved it.
Look at the photos and dream of these magical, fresh, warm treats!
Now And Forever: Honor Their Sacrifice!
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Pope In Israel, Endorses 'Two State' Solution
The ownership of the individual Holy Places is a vexed question that has given rise to dispute between the communities belonging to the three monotheistic religions of the Holy Land, and remains a delicate theme for international chancellors. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, the struggle between the Byzantine and Latin communities, already heated, began to be affected by the highs and lows of international politics and the relations between the powers of the age: the Sultan of Istanbul, who considered the Christian Holy Places as state property; the Italian Maritime Republics which protected the Latins; and the Tsar of Russia, traditionally the protector of Orthodox Churches.
Pope Francis visited the Grotto of the Nativity, which he reached via an internal passage between the “Casa Nova” Convent and the Greek-Orthodox Basilica, and spent some time there in prayer. He returned by the same passage to the Convent where he was photographed with the Friars. He then proceeded to the “Phoenix Centre” in Bethlehem, a reception centre in the refugee camp of Dheisheh; the centre was built as a result of a donation from Pope John Paul II on his visit in 2000. The Pope was received in the auditorium of the centre by around one hundred children from the refugee camps of Dheisheh, Aida and Beit Jibrin.
“Don’t ever allow the past to determine your lives”, the Holy Father responded. “Always look to the future, work hard and make efforts to achieve what you want. But you must understand this: violence cannot be overcome by violence. Violence is overcome by peace! By peace, by working with dignity to help your homeland to move forward”. He then returned to the heliport, where he was awaited by the president of the State of Palestine who bid the Pope farewell, accompanied by the Guard of Honour. After a half-hour journey by helicopter the Pontiff arrived at the International Ben Gurion Airport of Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was received by Shimon Peres, president of the State; Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister; the political, civil and religious authorities, the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, and a choir of young people. “I have come on pilgrimage to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the historic visit of Pope Paul VI”, said Francis.
The Pope went on to remark that the Holy Land is a spiritual point of reference for as the scene of a multi-millennial history and the principal events in the origin and growth of the three great monotheistic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. “So I express my hope and prayer that this blessed land may be one which has no place for those who, by exploiting and absolutising the value of their own religious tradition, prove intolerant and violent towards those of others”. He commented that during his pilgrimage he would visit some of the most significant places in Jerusalem, “a city of universal importance”. “Jerusalem, of course, means 'city of peace'”, he continued.
He went on to renew the appeal made by his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI during his 2009 visit: “the right of the State of Israel to exist and to flourish in peace and security within internationally recognised borders must be universally recognized. At the same time, there must also be a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to a sovereign homeland and their right to live with dignity and with freedom of movement. The 'Two State Solution' must become reality and not remain merely a dream”.
The Pontiff went on to speak about a “particularly moving” part of his stay, his visit on Monday to the Yad Vashem Memorial to the six million Jews who were victims of the Shoah, “a tragedy which is the enduring symbol of the depths to which human evil can sink when, spurred by false ideologies, it fails to recognise the fundamental dignity of each person, which merits unconditional respect regardless of ethnic origin or religious belief. I beg God that there will never be another such crime, which also counted among its victims many Christians and others. Ever mindful of the past, let us promote an education in which exclusion and confrontation give way to inclusion and encounter, where there will be no place for anti-Semitism in any of its forms or for expressions of hostility, discrimination or intolerance towards any individual or people”.
He added, “It is with a profoundly saddened heart that I have heard of how many people lost their lives in Saturday's atrocious attack in Brussels. I thoroughly condemn this criminal act of anti-Semitic hatred, and commend the victims to God's mercy and pray for the recovery of the injured”.
The Holy Father remarked that the brevity of his visit necessarily limits the encounters he is able to make, but took the opportunity to greet all Israel’s citizens and to express his closeness to them, “particularly those living in Nazareth and in Galilee, where many Christian communities are found”.
Final Day: Great Meal Deals At Ruby's!
Christie: 'We Will Never Forget Their Sacrifice'
“Today, we honor the brave men and women who have defended our country’s freedom throughout history with bravery, courage, and selflessness. Their service to our state and to our nation is unequaled and sets an example for all Americans.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
A Visit To Normandy And Omaha Beach
A Salute To All Those Who Gave All
For more information on the ongoing works of President Reagan's Foundation, visit http://www.reaganfoundation.org
A Great Place To Observe Memorial Day
If you go to Washington DC and you don't see the beautiful World War II memorial (between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial) you will miss one of the most majestic and inspiring places in our nation's capital.
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall's central axis.
This classically-designed memorial traces the history of the war and those who fought it with words, wreaths, columns, gold stars, fountains, ramps and a huge plaza complete with seating around the rim for moments of quiet contemplation.
And yet the World War II memorial contains not a single statue of any one person. And that's appropriate because it honors every single person who contributed to the success of the war effort.
The Atlantic and Pacific theaters of war, the D-Day Invasion, the Battle of Midway and every state and territory are all here. Nothing has been forgotten.
And yet for all it's grandeur -- and it is grand -- the World War II memorial lends itself to quiet reflection and a real sense of intimacy.
This is an exceptionally well-designed public space and it stands as one of the finest monuments in Washington.
The memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open to visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about visiting the memorial, accessibility, parking, directions, special events and other details, please visit the National Park Service Web site at www.nps.gov/nwwm or call the Park Service at (202) 619-7222.