Sites To See at Washington, D.C.

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Especially folks who have family
and loved ones involved in the
tragedy, whether victim or rescue
worker. We are especially proud
of our Nation's response of
patriotism in this time of tragedy.
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furture defeat our enemies.
Every year, a spectacular display of fireworks over the National Mall celebrates the Fourth of July in Washington D.C. Seen here from west:: the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Capital are illuminated by bright bursts of fireworks commenorating the anniversary of American independence from British rule.

When America declared its independence from Great Britian on July 4, 1776, John Adams, the eventual second president of the United States remarked that the day should be observed with fireworks, oratory and other celebratory gestures.

Dave served in the Armed Forces. Dave was drafted into the Army in January, 1954. He took basic trainng at Fort Dix, New Jersey and additional engineer basic at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Upon completion of his basic training, he was reassigned to the 50th Engineer Port Construction Company, Inchon, Korea. He was discharged November, 1955.

There are many memories.
Panoramic View

The National Mall:

City lights illuminate the well-known historical monuments in this evening panorama of Washington DC. In the foreground, the stone arch Memorial Bridge spans the Potomac River, leading to the brightly lit Lincoln Memorial. The towering Washington Monument dominates the skyline, with the U.S. Capitol visible in the distance. To the south, the Jefferson Memorial lights the tidal Basin with a pink glow. Picture of the National Mall above as a Panoramic View of the city of Washington, D.C. and below schematically drawn map.
National Mall

Few cities in the vast United States of America offer more patriotic places to see than Washington D.C. The National Mall is at the heart and offers an invitation to rediscover our national heritage. The Mall bookended by the Lincoln Memorial on the west and the U.S. Capitol on the east. Unless there is unlimited time, it is impossible to take in the Mall's entire two-mile expanse in a single visit.

The National Museum of American History, nicknamed "America's attic," is a repository for everything from curious contraptions from the U.S. patent Office's 19th-century collection to an eclectic hodgepodge of Americana including Dorothy's Wizard of Oz ruby slippers.

For more information, contact the National Park Service (202) 485-9880. The map and article can be found in the magazine HOME & AWAY, November/December 2002, Vol. 23, No. 6. Article "The National Mall" written by Jack McGuire.
The White House America The Beautiful
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White House (above)

Spring tulips surround the fountain on the south lawn of the White House, located at 1600 Pennsylvia Avenue. Designed by Iris-born architect James Hoban, the house's exterior was first whitewashed in 1789. Since being occupied by second President John Adams and his wife, the White House has been the official home of all U.S. presidents. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt made its official name the "White House."
Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle (above)

The Smithsonian Castle, the original building of the Smithsonian Institution, now serves as its headquarters. The Smithsonian Institution maintains a network of museums and reserach centers in Washington, D.C. Among its museums are the National Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, the National Museum of American History, and the National Museum of Natural History. The castle, designed by James Renwick, was completed in 1855.
Washington Monument Washington Memorial

The Washington Memorial (left) stands out against the early morning sky in this dramatic sunrise scene. Reflecting Pool mirror all 55 feet and 5 1/8 inches of the world's largest obelisk. the monument, constructed of Maryland and Massachusetts marble blocks, opened on October 9, 1988 after 40 years of construction.

Lincoln Memorial

Spotlights illuminate the Lincoln Memorial (right) and Daniel Chester French's 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln within. The Great Emancipator sits, amidst inscriptions from his Gettyburg Address and Second Inaugural Address. The 36 Doric columns of the marble memorial represent the number of states in the Union during Lincoln's two terms. Robert Todd Lincoln, the 16th president's only surviving son, joined more than 50,000 people to watch the memorial's dedication on May 30, 1922.
Lincoln Memorial

Jefferson Memorial Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Cherry blossoms along the tidal basin of the Potomac River bring a dash of color to the Jefferson Memorial (left). In the early April, the blossoms peak on the three thousand trees and the nation's capitol celebrates with a two-week festival and parade. Thousands flock to enjoy the pink and white blooms on the trees a gift from Japan in 1912.

Jefferson Statue To the left is the bronze statue of President Jefferson.

To the right is the Memorial as seen from the other side of the Potomac River.
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The Third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson stands in the neoclassical memorial quietly surveying the progerss of the nation to which he dedicated his life's work. The memorial opened on Jefferson's bicentennial, April 13, 1943. Sculpted by Rudulph Evans, this 19-foot bronze statue was not cast until several years later because of a wartime ban on the use of domestic metals. It was installed on April 25, 1947.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

To the right is a statue of the 32nd President of the United States -- FDR - as he was nicknamed by others. His companion dog Fala sits close by.

There are several statues, waterfalls, and quotations printed around the FDR Memorial which is quite large compared to the other Memorials.
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FDR Memorial Fountain
The FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) Memorial, designed by Lawrence Halprin, seems more dramatic at night. This largest of the memorial's six waterfalls symbolized the 32nd President's hopes for peace and prosperity. The water in the memorial is an important symbol of FDR's life: he grew up along the Hudson River in Hyde Park, NY, recuperated from polio at Warm Springs, GA, and held historic wartime meetings on ships in the Atlantic Ocean.

This largest of presidential memorials cover 7.5 acres along the Tidal Basin. It is also the newest. It was dedicated on May 2, 1997.

"The Depression Breadline" The Appalachian
Farm Couple
FDR Memorial 04 If you click on the Thumbnail to the left, you will see Jean and Jim Morris in line for bread also. FDR Memorial 02

Sculptor George Segal's "The Appalachian Farm Couple" & "The Depression Breadline" stand before the quotation formerFranklin Delano Roosevelt's 1937 second inaugural address. They depict the depression hunger, poverty, and indignity many Americans both in urban centers and rural areas suffered during the Great Depression. These two sculptures are examples of the many evocative figures at the FDR Memorial.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
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Picture below are in a series and show - (on the left) the Robert E. Lee home in the background and visitors -- to the Eternal Flame (in center) , and the third yet another view of the Flame with the tombstones of Arlington Cemetery (on the right) behind the resting place of the President.
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Korean War Memorial

(Photo Below To the Left) The Korean War Veterans Memorial, sculpted by Frank Gaylord, 19 stainless steel soldiers appear to struggle through the hardships of weather and fatigue. The soldiers, ever watchful of the surronding danger, trudge toward an American flag.

(Photo Below to the Right) The images of more than 2,400 unnamed men and women who fought in Korea from 1950 to 1953 are etched on the wall of black granite beside them

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Korea War Memorial 03 Korea War Memorial 02 Korean War Memorial 04 Korean War Memorial 07 Korean War Memorial 08

(Photos Above - are Thumbnails and can be clicked to open up the large photo). Note the engraving on the boot of the soldier on the far right picture. Each man is dressed in different attire.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a black granite "Wall," is inscribed with the names of the more than 58,000 soldiers killed or still missing in America's longest war (1959-1975)

Since its dedication in 1982, millions of people have visited the Wall to leave offerings, find a name, and to remember, making this one of the most visited sites in Washington, D.C.
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Vietnam Wall 04 Vietnam Wall 07 Bronze Soldiers 02 Woman's Memorial
Vietnam Wall Vietnam Wall Bronze Soldiers Woman's Memorial
Three soldiers from the Vietnam War, their faces fixed in the "1,000-yard stare" that characterized long patrols, seem to gaze to where their fallen brethren are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The Three Servicemen Statue (above), sculpted by Frederick Hart, stands near the entrance of the memorial, one of the most visited sites in Washington, D.C. The Bronze Soldiers were added in 1984.

Woman's Memorial (above) was added around 1996 and is not to be confused with "Women in Military Service For America Memorial" that is located in the Arlington National Cemetery.

World War II Monument

The WW II Monument (to the right) is currently being built. The location is between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Memorial -- at the area of the cranes.
WW II future

Arlington National Cemetery

Woman in Military Memorial Women in Military Service For America Memorial (to the Left)

Dedicated on October 18, 1997, the Women in Military Service for America Memorial is the first major national memorial to honor all servicewomen of the U.S. armed forces: 1.8 million women since the American Revolution. The memorial, which completed the cemetery's 4.2 acre ceremonial gateway entrance incorporates a reflecting pool on the plaza and an arc of glass tablets on the servicewoman, illuminate the cemetery hillside night.

Tomb of the Unknown -- at Arlington (to the Right)

The tomb of the Unknown in Arlington National Cemetry honors the remains of three anonymous soldiers from 20th century U.S. conflicts, World Wars I and II, and Korea. The "Old Guard" of the U.S. Army has maintained a constant vigil over the tomb since 1937, with an endless repetition of the 21-second salute, the nation's highest military tribute. The inscription on the tomb reads: "Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

The Changing of the Guard around this tomb is a sight to see also.
Changing of Guards

Tree in Arlington To the Left and Below are pictures at Arlington Cemetery of headstone after headstone of those who have fallen in battle fighting for the freedom we have in America.

The pictures below are thumbnails and can be clicked to get a more impressive view of the number of casualities of war.

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The Caison -- At Arlington (below)

Accompanied by a casket team of servicemen, a horse-drawn caisson bears the flag-draped casket of a deceased soldier to its final resting-place in Arliington National Cemetery. In the 16th century, caissons were used to transport ammunition and to carry bodies from the field of battle. Today the caisson is used for burials with full military honors. The casket team, flag-draped coffin, firing party and bugler are honors common to the military burials at Arlington National Cemetry.

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