Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does it cost to visit the Memorial?

Nothing! Visiting the Memorial is free.

2. What do the spires stand for?

The spires symbolize many things. The number three is significant to the Air Force because it represents its three core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The spires are also reflective of a bomb burst maneuver, as seen in the picture to the right. Finally, the three spires also stand for three of four planes performing a Missing Man formation.

3. How tall are the spires?

Their heights are 201', 231', and 270'.

4. How many people have visited the Memorial?

Over 1.6 million people have visited the Memorial since its dedication in October 2006.

5. Can I host a ceremony at the Memorial?

Absolutely! See our Events Planning page for more information.

6. Is there a gift shop on-site?

Yes! The Memorial Gift Shop is located in the Administrative Office at the north end of the Memorial in the same building as the restrooms. The Memorial Gift Shop is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding Federal Holidays.

7. Can I eat my lunch at the Memorial?


As this is a place of reverence, we generally do not allow food or drink at the Memorial. However, we do accommodate Honor Flights of WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veteran tour groups.

8. When is the Memorial open?


The Memorial is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.
April 1st - September 30th: 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 1st - March 31st: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.