8 Moving Sunrises Photographed At Our Nation's War Memorials

Sunrise at the Marine Corps Memorial


“Sunrise. If you look closely you can see the Washington Monument on the bottom left.”
– Mark Baird

A Superb Sunrise at the Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

Navy Merchant Marine Memorial

“This is a pretty neat memorial on the Virginia Shore directly across the Potomac from the Tidal Basin.” – Mark Baird

Remembering America’s Heroes as the Sun Rises Over the World War II Memorial


Another great submission from Mark Baird.

A Sunrise to Remember Our Nation’s Heroes


“I often hear tour guides telling their customers that the flag is never displayed at half mast at the Marine Corps Memorial. Oh yes it is.” – Mark Baird

The World War II Memorial At Sunrise

WWII Sunrise

“They finished the place just in time for my dad to see it.” – Mark Baird

A Pink Sunrise Reflected in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Sunrise

“Since it is down in the earth this is a very hard Memorial to get either a sunrise or sunset photo that shows much of the memorial. I finally went for a sunrise reflection shot that seemed to work quite well.
If you look closely I am reflected in the wall on the right side of the shot.
You’ll also notice that for a long time I challenged myself to include the Washington Monument in as many photos as I could.” – Mark Baird


2 Gettysburg Battlefield Sunrises

Two more great photos from Mark Baird. First, the Mississippi State Memorial:


Louisiana State Memorial:


Since December of 2013 PJ Lifestyle has been collecting sunrise and sunset photos from contributors, readers, and Instagram. Now we’re going to begin an effort to organize the ongoing collection. New goals:

1. Collect a sunrise from every state in the union.

2. Collect a sunset from as many countries around the world as possible.

3. After getting all 50 states’ sunrises then switch to collecting their sunsets and begin the global sunrises collection.

Updated April 2014: 4. The extraordinary submissions of Mark Baird have inspired a new collection of photographs devoted specifically to our nation’s capital. We’re going to try and organize fantastic sunrise and sunset photos from all the different monuments and scenic views.

The Washington D.C. Collection So Far:

19 Sunrises:


5 Sunsets:


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