The Reflecting Pools & Tablets Of The Missing
Between the Visitors Building and the Memorial Building stretches the centerpiece Great Mall within which and parallel to the Tablets Of The Missing lay two giant reflecting pools . Either side of the pools the walkways are bordered with flower beds containing Polyantha roses and bounded on the north side by a row of single double-pink hawthorn trees. The Tablets contain the details of five thousand one hundred and twenty six missing in action, lost or buried at sea, including unidentified service personnel.
The Tablets Of The Missing
Constructed from blocks of portland stone a type of limestone quarried on the south coast of England, the Tablets Of the Missing stretch a total of four hundred and seventy two feet in length and contain the details of five thousand one hundred and twenty six missing in action, lost or buried at sea in addition to those who gave their lives but could not be positively identified. Every State of the Union is represented on the tablets and include names of three thousand five hundred and twenty four United States Air Force and Army Air Force Personnel, one thousand three hundred and seventy one Naval personnel, two hundred and one Coast Guard personnel and thirty United States Marine Corps personnel.
Along the top of the wall is the following inscription:
THE AMERICANS WHOSE NAMES HERE APPEAR
WERE PART OF THE PRICE THAT FREE MEN
FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS CENTUARY
HAVE BEEN FORCED TO PAY TO DEFEND
HUMAN LIBERTY AND RIGHTS
ALL WHO SHALL HEREAFTER LIVE IN FREEDOM
WILL BE HERE REMINDED THAT TO THESE MEN
AND THEIR COMRADES
WE OWE A DEBT TO BE PAID
WITH GRATEFUL REMEMBERANCE OF THEIR SACRIFICE
AND THE HIGH RESOLVE THAT THE CAUSE FOR WHICH THEY DIED
SHALL LIVE ETERNALLY
The words of the inscription are taken from the dedication by President Eisenhower of the Golden Book which is enshrined in St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Four statues adorn the wall and represent a soldier, a sailor, an airman and a coast guard. The statues were designed by Wheeler Williams of New York.
Double Pink Hawthorn Trees lining the Great Mall. The West Mall stretches northward away from the flag pole area to the lower gates of the cemetery. The broad walk passes between rows of Japanese Pagoda trees.