Although some monuments are composed with a couple simplistic structures, the Maryland World War II memorial is very complex and it all has meaning. At first glance, even if you are driving by, you will notice a bunch of upright rectangular structures. There is 48 of these, these pillars represent the 48 states of the U.S. during the war. The state of Maryland is represented by a unique seven-sized stainless-steel pillar in the shape of a star. On the ground are etched two large globes representing the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of action. In addition there are 20 plaques on granite stones which explain the war and the key contributions made by the 288,000 Marylanders who served in the military as well as those who served in industry on the home front.
On the outside of the ring is a even taller erected 7 sided monument of a star. This star represents each branch of service and is 7 sides because Maryland was the 7th state in the U.S. Lastly, there is a blue star memorial sign that is in remembrance of not only the surviving World War II vets but the ones who also lost their lives.