Saturday, April 18, 2009

Our "Memorial Day" in Washington D.C.

Our original plan was to combine memorial visits with a museum and split them over a couple of days, but today was a perfect weather day for walking. We devoted the entire day to visiting the memorials since showers might be moving in soon.

First, we walked to the base of the Washington Monument. We decided before we left home that we wouldn't take the time to go up. The lines for tickets are long, and the windows to look out are tiny. I did this when I was here in 1978, and while I enjoyed it, it was underwhelming.

From there we went to the World War II Memorial, which is the newest addition to the mall. This fountain and pool are surrounded by 50 pillars representing the states and a larger structure on each side representing the the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. There was a large group of WWII veterans visiting, which made it more moving for me.Then it was on to the Lincoln Memorial. I think this is my favorite memorial because I like how strong and powerful he looks even though he's sitting down.

A hush came over the crowds as they entered the area of the Vietnam War Memorial. People seemed more respectful of this memorial than any other.
We stopped to look at to some of the mementos that had been left by visitors. I didn't care for the wall part of the Korean War Memorial since it was difficult to see etching on black marble, but the statue portion of it was haunting.The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial is sprawling and difficult to photograph, but this statue of Eleanor Roosevelt captured her strong presence.Our final stop, was I think the most pictorial, the Jefferson Memorial. The late day sun only added to the beauty.
After walking for six hours, we all had enough. Now to rest so we can do more tomorrow.

4 comments:

Kitt said...

That's a lot of territory to cover in one day! What a memorable trip for young miss, though.

efenz said...

Thanks for catching me up on all the memorials. I haven't been there since around 1990. Looks like much has happened since...

Liz said...

What a great trip. Such memories...

Lauron said...

Indeed, that's a lot of walking! Jefferson is my fav memorial. Probably should've mentioned this before, but if you guys get a chance, my second fav "memorial" is that of Albert Einstein. Inconveniently but appropriately tucked in-between some trees at 2101 Constitution Ave (near 21st St. and the Nat'l Academy of Sciences), there's just something funky and neat about this well-hidden gem and his larger-than-life, climb-able size. No easy way to get there other than on foot, and perhaps slightly "blah" once you do. I'm guessing Sydney's likely to enjoy it most. No exhibits, no museum, just him. 8-10 mins max is well enough spent there, IMO. Just a quick, fun diversion from the more popular sights.

http://www.planetware.com/map-of/washington-d-c-washington-albert-einstein-memorial-us-dc-ein.htm

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