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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Monuments & Memorials ~ Day 5

Today was a day of exploration around the city ~ our goal was to take the metro down into DC and do a walk about to find monuments & memorials.  When we got off we made it toward the Tidal Basin where the Jefferson Memorial is located.

Thomas Jefferson is one of the greatest figures in the history of the nation. The author of the Declaration of Independence was one of the founding fathers of the United States.
A firm believer in equal rights, democracy, education available to all, freedom of religion and separation between church and state, he gave form to the nascent nation still searching for its identity. Besides being a politician, Jefferson was also an architect, a writer, musician, scientist and inventor.

We spent quite awhile at the memorial but knew we had a full day ahead of us.  So after The Jefferson Memorial we started walking around the Tidal Basin.  That alone was a 1.8 mile walk ~ oh my aching feet!!!  Along our walk we came upon the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and then Martin Luther King Memorial.  We crossed the road and walked towards the World War II Memorial.  From there we headed towards the Korean War & Vietnam Wall Memorials which really brought a tear to my eyes.  I was a teenager during the Vietnam war but I lost several school friends to that war.  As FDR said "I HATE war"! I also wore a POW bracelet during the war and can remember his name to this day.  Charles Boston ~ I had found his name on the wall the last time we visited DC.

After that we went to the Lincoln Memorial ~ It was breathtaking!  Now to finish up our day we strolled towards the Washington Monument... Do you know the difference between a Memorial and a Monument?  A memorial is built after the person died and a Monument is built during the persons life.  I didn't realize that before we visited DC. Of course there were many other monuments and memorials along our walks ~ One of the best was GRANT.  That was right by the Capitol and it was beautiful!

It was a long day and we had a lot of fun seeing all the Monuments and Memorials that we could.  But I can tell you it will take a day for my feet to feel better ~ lol lol.

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Unknown said...

I love D.C. for its rich activities and monuments. Happy Mother's Day to ya!

Jim and Sandie said...

There is no way we could have walked as far as you guys did in one day. Maybe three and that might be pushing it. You need to treat those toes and feet to a massage. Happy Mother's Day.


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