Visit the WWII Memorial with your smart phone

Josh Peterson Contributor
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Users looking for an interactive, barricade-free way to experience the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. can now do so from their smart phone.

The Trust for the National Mall, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, launched the World War II Memorial App ahead of Veteran’s Day on Oct. 29.

The World War Memorial app allows users to virtually tour the memorial, view pictures, read facts about the memorial, and learn the stories of men and women whose lives were affected by World War II.

In addition to providing a way to experience and remember a part of the nation’s history, the app provides users with a way to contribute to the trust’s campaign to restore the National Mall.

The app was created through a partnership between Altria Group, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service.

Users can download the app for free on Apple’s iTunes Store and Google’s Google Play Store.

The app, however, is only the latest technology solution to enable users with the chance to experience America’s landmarks commemorating its servicemen and women.

In October, Google’s Street View Team began mapping a walk through of Arlington National Cemetery as part of the company’s mission to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

NBC Washington reports that the photos — which will provide users with the ability to zoom in and read the grave markers — will be online in May 2014 in time for the landmark’s 150th anniversary.

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