Last week one of my classes went to Washington Monument and then the memorials around the National Mall. First we went to the top of the Washington Monument, which was my first time going to the top of it. It was a lot of fun! We fit the entire class in the elevator, which probably was not the smartest idea ever . . .
|Some nineteenth century graffiti!|
Then we started our tour to the war memorials. First up was the World War II memorial. Our tour guide was a National Parks guide that told about the history of each monument and why they were built the way that they were built.
|Stars for the fallen soldiers.|
The next couple of pictures are of the District of Columbia War Memorial. At first it was for the District of Columbia, but then it ended up on Federal property. Since it was a city memorial, however, the National Parks Service could not renovate it. But since it was on Federal property, the district couldn't renovate the memorial. For many years, the memorial was overgrown and nobody went there. In 2008, when one of the last living World War I veterans, wanted to see the memorial so the in 2010 the memorial began to be renovated by the National Parks Service. It opened in 2011 and I think it is one of the most beautiful memorials on the Mall.
The Korean War Memorial is my favorite because I love the symbolism behind the memorial. For instance there are eighteen physical statues and then eighteen reflections of these statues in the black marble wall. These thirty-eight figures represent the 38th parallel in Korea.
Last memorial of the day, that I have pictures of, was the Lincoln Memorial. We also quickly saw the Vietnam Memorial, but I have no good pictures of that. The first picture is one of my favorite pictures that I have ever taken.
|This is a picture from the back of the Lincoln Memorial looking towards Arlington Cemetery|
After all that walking, my feet were tired and I was ready to head back to campus! While working on this post I copy and pasted a paragraph from this post into a Google demo that has famous dead writers (Dickinson, Shakespeare, Dickens, Poe, Dostoyevsky and Nietzsche) edit your work. This is the paragraph concerning the District of Columbia War Memorial. Enjoy!
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