Thursday in DC

On Thursday morning we began our tour of the sights of DC, starting with the “Monument” end of the National Mall.  As we first approached the Vietnam Memorial, I was amazed to see that we were about the only ones there….IMG_0191It was so moving to quietly walk among the 58,318 names etched into the dark stone walls.

The monument starts and ends at the same point, beginning with the first casualty in 1959 and moving right on the following 70 panels and then moves to the far left panel, ending with the last casualty in 1975….. IMG_0200

Each name had one of two symbols next to it.   An inscribed diamond meant that the body had been returned and a cross indicates that the person is still missing-in-action.   If a body is recovered, the cross is turned into a diamond.   If it is determined that one of the MIA’s is actually alive, a circle is inscribed around the cross, but to date, there have been none of these.IMG_0197

I think that this monument had the most meaning for Michael and I as we had lived thru this time period in history, although I have to admit that I had no idea that the conflict had actually started in 1959!  IMG_0201

One final look and a short walk took us to “The Three Soliders”…..IMG_0202

I loved looking at the monument from the back as well….IMG_0207

The next stop was the fabulous Lincoln Memorial….IMG_0210

If you cant tell from this photo, it was a magnificent day….clear skies and warm (not hot)!!  The sculpture of Abe is wonderful…..

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….and I love the fact that he is looking out toward another beautiful view….IMG_0222

The walls on each side of Abe are inscribed with “The Gettysburg Address” and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.  In a smaller chamber under the monument there were several of Lincoln’s quotes that seem apropos for today…..IMG_0240

  ….and…..

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Our last act at this memorial was to sit on the steps and look out toward the Reflecting pool….

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….and to remember a favorite quote from the movie “In the Line of Fire”, when Clint Eastwood (who is a Secret Service agent) sits in the same spot, turns around to look at Lincoln and says “wish I could have been there for you Abe”.    With that, we moved on to the Korean War Memorial…IMG_0268When Michael and I were here in 1996, this was the monument that I remembered best, although I hadn’t remembered the shrubbery that they were walking thru.  We laughed when we realized that was because the memorial had just been built back then and the shrubs hadn’t had time to grow yet.  

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The granite wall behind this monument was an amazing collage of faces and figures…..IMG_0270I particularly like Michael’s photo that shows the statues in the reflection of the wall….

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The most moving part of this monument was this wreath that had been left…..IMG_0283

A bit further walk and we arrived at the World War II memorial….

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This was called “The Price of Freedom” and each star represents 100 Americans who were lost in WWII….4,049 stars in all….

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As I saw this sculpture, I was reminded of my Dad’s service in WWII, as a Medic corpsman…..IMG_0302

We continued around the mall to the amazing Washington Monument which stands like a beacon….IMG_0308

We spent some time standing in the shadow and playing with the sun…..IMG_0315

After a quick walk around a bit of the American History Museum we headed home for a late lunch….

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…and a bit of a rest.

Even with everything that we had already done, the highlight of the day was a dinner at “The Capital Grille”, one of our favorite DC restaurants!!  We shared the small dining room with a fun couple who were visiting from El Paso.  You can imagine what it was like to have 4 Texans in the same room!!  Needless to say they didn’t seat anyone else in the room!!

Our meal was magnificent as expected, starting with Bacon wrapped Mozzarella, continuing with Caesar Salad, Steak with all the trimmings and ending with a Flourless Chocolate Torte…..

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Afterward, we went for another walk, heading a few blocks down the street to the Capitol Building.  It is a glorious sight at night….. IMG_0330

We finished the evening with a slow stroll down the National Mall, enjoying the quiet that was only broken by the cheers from the “Glow In The Dark” Soccer games taking place on the nearby grass, and one swarm of Segway riders out for a nighttime tour.

When we arrived at the Smithsonian Metro station we decided that we had walked far enough for one day and headed home to reminisce about our wonderful day!!

 


One thought on “Thursday in DC

  1. They are all stunning memorials and are done so well. A delight to see your pictures. I have to ask if the Washington monument has re-opened. Can you go up in it again?

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