I'm not a big fan of many memorials in Washington, DC. Most are too gaudy and nationalistic for my tastes. The two exceptions to this are the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Washington Monument. Both are stunning in their simplicity. One must stand under the Washington Monument to grasp its scale and it decisively accomplishes its intended goal, to "blend stupendousness with elegance, and be of such magnitude and beauty as to be an object of pride to the American people, and of admiration to all who see it."