We tackled a lot in the few days that we were here, which is why this segment is broken down into parts.
The first monument we come across is the Washington Monument. Usually it would be open for the public to climb up to the top, but it was closed when we had gotten there. It was still beautiful to see.
We were hoping to see the cherry blossoms, but they had bloomed early and only a few trees still had their flowers. We were lucky to come across one and it was beautiful!
Our first stop was the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Built for one of America’s Founding Fathers, who also drafted one of the most important documents in our county’s history – The Declaration of Independence.
At first, it looks clean, and simple, but when you walk inside, there is a statue of Thomas Jefferson in bronze.
Along the walls, there are excerpts from various works that he wrote.
From there, we continued our walk towards the Lincoln Memorial. On the way, we came across the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.
The architechs behind the memorial wanted it to be accessible to those with disabilities (FDR was in a wheelchair). This relief has braille for those who are sight-impaired.
There are four different sections, each signifying his four terms as President of the United States. He is the only President to have four terms, when the previous Presidents followed George Washington’s precedent by only having two terms, and before the enactment of the 22nd Amendment that limited the President to two terms in office.
Since I have family members who have served in the military and in at least two wars, I had to also visit a few of the war memorials (it was only right).
The World War II Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
We also had a chance to see the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Last but not least (for today), the Lincoln Memorial. Its one thing to see this on TV, but its another to be standing within it’s walls.
When looking out onto the reflection pool, I couldn’t help but to think of Jenny in that scene from Forrest Gump where she runs across the water to hug him.
Overall, this was a very long walk! We were not kidding around when I said that we were seeing alot!
Next time, we talk about some of the museums we went to, The State Capital and, of course, The White House!