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Memorial Day: 12 Impressive Instagram Photos of Our Nation's Monuments

Take a virtual tour

Though Memorial Day is widely loved for marking the unofficial start of summer (and a season of barbecues, pools, and beach visits), the purpose of the day is to commemorate those who died while serving in America's armed forces.

With the holiday nearly upon us (coming right up this Monday, May 30), we're casting our eyes to the country's most important war monuments—from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu. The dozen Instagram snaps below take viewers on a virtual tour of monuments from Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the African-American Civil War Monument in our nation's capital, to the lesser-known but no less beautiful Monument Circle in Indianapolis, Indiana. Take a look.

1. Vietnam Veterans Memorial

5 Henry Bacon Drive NW, Washington, D.C. 20245

La gran Maya Lin

A photo posted by @luciadelamora on

2. African American Civil War Memorial

1925 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery

1 Memorial Avenue, Arlington, VA 22211

4. Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument

1 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204

the circle city.

A photo posted by Sarah Gluck (@sarahgluck) on

5. USS Arizona Memorial at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818

A beautiful memorial and final resting place.

A photo posted by Chase Ammon (@caammon) on

6. Liberty Memorial

100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

A photo posted by Jordan Graves (@jgraves8006) on

7. Korean War Veterans Memorial

10 Daniel French Drive SW, Washington, D.C. 20245

#나혼자 #여행 #washingtondc #travel #koreanwar #memorial

A photo posted by 이지안 (@gracejianlee) on

8. National Memorial Arch

420 Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

9. The National D-Day Memorial

3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA 24523

Next stop on the celebration tour, The D-Day Memorial in Bedford.

A photo posted by Ron Poff (@ronpoff) on

10. National World War II Memorial

1750 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20006

#NationalWorldWarIIMemorial #WashingtonDC #Atlantic #October2014 #FlashBackFriday

A photo posted by G. Catanzaro (Øybjørn Óðinson) (@obos_158) on

11. Peace Monument

East Capitol Street NE & First Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20004

In love with the colors of DC

A photo posted by Joe Fry (@joe.fry23) on

12. Virginia War Memorial

621 S Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Harsh lines created by early morning rays in the Shrine.

A photo posted by Virginia War Memorial (@vawarmemorial) on