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10 Free Places To Visit In Seattle This Memorial Day

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Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. That probably means you're planning for a cookout, a pool day or maybe even a trip to the local mattress retailer to take advantage of a crazy deal. Of course, there's also the whole reason this holiday exists, remembering those men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. And if you're interested in taking a few moments to do something a little more meaningful, Curbed has got you covered. Seattle and the surrounding area is home to many memorials and monuments dedicated to those who fought in just about every war you can think of. After the jump, you'll find a map of ten moving memorials worth paying your respects at.

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1. Lake View Cemetery

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1554 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 322-1582
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The cemetery contains the Nisei War Memorial Monument, dedicated in 1949 to Japanese American veterans, some of whom are buried there. (Photo: Wikipedia)

2. Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

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1200 E Howe St.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 684-4075
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This Civil War cemetery has 526 graves, mainly of Union and Confederate veterans and their wives. There are both Army and Navy veterans buried there. The majority of veteran's graves are of Union military units. There are twenty-five states represented in this cemetery. (Photo: Wikipedia)

3. Des Moines Memorial Drive

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Des Moines Memorial Drive & South 156th Street
Burien, WA 98148

Instead of the usual monument or sculpture, this memorial consists of over 1,000 American Elm trees planted in remembrance of soldiers who died in World War I. It's also known locally as the Living Road of Remembrance.

4. University of Washington Campus

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Northeast 45th Street & Memorial Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105

There are various memorials scattered across the campus, including Memorial Way (a walkway that serves as a general memorial), a World War I memorial, World War II memorial, Spanish Civil War monument and Medal of Honor memorial.

5. Bellevue Downtown Park

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10201 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 452-6885
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The trees located in the center of the park are a memorial to Eastside World War I veterans.The original monument consisted of a plaque with the names of three men killed in the war, three elm trees, and a 48-star US flag flying on a 65-foot (20 m) pole. In 2006, one elm tree died and was replaced after a severe windstorm.

6. Hamlin Park

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16006 15th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98155

Two 245mm calibre guns that fought the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 on the cruiser Boston are both on display.

7. Woodland Park

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1000 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105

The original 1891 guns of the USS Concord were retired when the ship was deactivated in 1909, and in 1911 two were bestowed upon the park as part of a new Spanish-American War memorial section, formally known as the War Garden. It lies at the southwest corner of the park adjoining N. 51st St. and Phinney Ave. N.

8. Volunteer Park

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1247 15th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 684-4075
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A marker set in stone is in tribute to the Volunteer Services of Spanish-American War Veterans.

9. Memorial Stadium

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Seattle Center
Seattle, WA

Owned by the Seattle School District, Memorial Stadium was built to honor former Seattle high school youths who gave their lives in World War II. It was dedicated in 1948, and a memorial wall, inscribed with the names of the war dead, was erected outside the stadium a year later. It is now a site for school athletics and various concerts and events.

10. Evergreen Washelli Cemetery

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11111 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

On November 11, 1998, on the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I, the sculpture Doughboy, created by Alonzo Victor Lewis is re-dedicated at Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen-Washelli, honoring the American infantrymen of the Great War.

1. Lake View Cemetery

1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

The cemetery contains the Nisei War Memorial Monument, dedicated in 1949 to Japanese American veterans, some of whom are buried there. (Photo: Wikipedia)

1554 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

2. Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

1200 E Howe St., Seattle, WA 98102

This Civil War cemetery has 526 graves, mainly of Union and Confederate veterans and their wives. There are both Army and Navy veterans buried there. The majority of veteran's graves are of Union military units. There are twenty-five states represented in this cemetery. (Photo: Wikipedia)

1200 E Howe St.
Seattle, WA 98102

3. Des Moines Memorial Drive

Des Moines Memorial Drive & South 156th Street, Burien, WA 98148

Instead of the usual monument or sculpture, this memorial consists of over 1,000 American Elm trees planted in remembrance of soldiers who died in World War I. It's also known locally as the Living Road of Remembrance.

Des Moines Memorial Drive & South 156th Street
Burien, WA 98148

4. University of Washington Campus

Northeast 45th Street & Memorial Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105

There are various memorials scattered across the campus, including Memorial Way (a walkway that serves as a general memorial), a World War I memorial, World War II memorial, Spanish Civil War monument and Medal of Honor memorial.

Northeast 45th Street & Memorial Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Bellevue Downtown Park

10201 NE 4th St., Bellevue, WA 98004

The trees located in the center of the park are a memorial to Eastside World War I veterans.The original monument consisted of a plaque with the names of three men killed in the war, three elm trees, and a 48-star US flag flying on a 65-foot (20 m) pole. In 2006, one elm tree died and was replaced after a severe windstorm.

10201 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004

6. Hamlin Park

16006 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98155

Two 245mm calibre guns that fought the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 on the cruiser Boston are both on display.

16006 15th Avenue Northeast
Seattle, WA 98155

7. Woodland Park

1000 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA 98105

The original 1891 guns of the USS Concord were retired when the ship was deactivated in 1909, and in 1911 two were bestowed upon the park as part of a new Spanish-American War memorial section, formally known as the War Garden. It lies at the southwest corner of the park adjoining N. 51st St. and Phinney Ave. N.

1000 NE 50th St
Seattle, WA 98105

8. Volunteer Park

1247 15th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112

A marker set in stone is in tribute to the Volunteer Services of Spanish-American War Veterans.

1247 15th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112

9. Memorial Stadium

Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

Owned by the Seattle School District, Memorial Stadium was built to honor former Seattle high school youths who gave their lives in World War II. It was dedicated in 1948, and a memorial wall, inscribed with the names of the war dead, was erected outside the stadium a year later. It is now a site for school athletics and various concerts and events.

Seattle Center
Seattle, WA

10. Evergreen Washelli Cemetery

11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

On November 11, 1998, on the 80th anniversary of the end of World War I, the sculpture Doughboy, created by Alonzo Victor Lewis is re-dedicated at Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen-Washelli, honoring the American infantrymen of the Great War.

11111 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133