I knew I wasn't able to spend as much time as I wanted to with the WWII Memorial especially, and thankfully I have been able to visit D.C. regularly for a conference related to my work. The next year, I was by myself and planned my own trip at 7AM to hopefully get some good photos before other people were out.
It paid off to get up early, because I was the only person in the World War II Memorial for nearly a full hour. Being a (very) amateur photographer, I may not have positioned myself for the best angles, but I got some pretty good shots. Alone with my thoughts, I wished my father had been able to see this great memorial built for him and all the others who fought in the war. It would have been a great time to have walked around with him.
I would highly recommend anyone to visit if you ever have the chance. And, by all means try to get any WWII veteran you know to go there. Honor Flights is a fantastic organization that just might make it possible for a veteran that does not have the means to get there independently.
Here are a few of the photos I took that morning: