8 Must Visit Monuments and Memorials in Washington DC

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Washington DC is the first US State that I’ve been to and I fell in love with it right away! I felt some kind of deja vu, like I’ve been there before but those versions are HD while now it’s 2K, that vivid! I bet everyone who watch Hollywood movies would feel the same familiarity specially if the movie was filmed in DC.

What I love so much about DC are their impressive federal buildings and the city’s many monuments and memorials (most of them are inside the National Mall) that you can visit for free! Nothing beats free entrance so I definitely made it worth my while.

 

1. Washington Monument

The tallest obelisk and stone structure in the world standing 555-feet was built to honor George Washington, the first US President. It is made up of marble, granite and blue-stone gneiss and currently the tallest structure in the whole DC.

All shots were taken from Lincoln Memorial angle.

 

2. Lincoln Memorial

The great Abraham Lincoln was the 16th US President and his memorial is the most important of all. Thanks to his work during civil war and for freeing slaves, people take heed. Most action movies I’ve watched dare to bomb Lincoln Memorial, so to see it intact in real life is a relief. Phew! This white stone building that has 36 columns represent each of the states at the time of Lincoln’s death.

Oh! And by the way, I just want to let you all know that he is my favorite US president! And because of that I have gathered some fun facts about him.

1. He practiced law without a degree. Well, I don’t think they are very strict about pre-requisites back in 1800’s.
2. He was a wrestler before he entered politics. Nothing beats this type of career shift!
3. He never joined an organized church in his lifetime but read the Bible daily. Amen to this!
4. He stands six-feet-four-inches tall and the tallest US President.
5. He kept his important documents inside his hat. Portable safe, I see.

 

3. Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson is the third US president and known as the author of the Declaration of Independence. Thanks to him, Americans can eat Turkey every fourth of July. Lol. Known as the most accomplished president in American History, Jefferson is also an inventor, author, educator, lawyer, architect, and philosopher.

Jefferson Memorial resembles the Pantheon in Rome and inside stands Jefferson’s 19-foot bronze statue that was dedicated to him in 1943 on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The walls of inscription inside the Jefferson Memorial contain excerpts from the Declaration of Independence that he authored and letter to his friends and constituents.

View overlooking Washington Monument from Jefferson Memorial angle.

Fun facts!

1. He is Olive’s favorite US president. Yes, the girl who knows me to the core! Lol.
2. He spoke 6 languages including English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish.
3. He is one of the figures of Mount Rushmore.
4. He loved vanilla ice cream so he brought home a recipe for it, which is now in the Library of Congress.
5. The original statue was made of plaster but was renovated to be bronze by the end of World War II. I have a feeling that they prioritized the use of metal on bullets and ammunition during WWII , that is why President Jefferson’s statue had to be sacrificed.

 

4. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

This unique stone memorial standing 30-feet-high is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an activist and leader in the civil rights movement from 1950’s – 1960’s. His memorial is the only memorial in the National Mall that does not honor a president or fallen soldiers. The structure bears a carving of one of his quote “Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope” where he talks about enduring faith which overcomes hatred when he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. This served as an inspiration for his memorial where two huge slabs of granite signifying the “Mountain of Despair” and an emerging “Stone of Hope” where he was carved out.

Have you ever wondered why his carving looks incomplete? No worries there is an explanation to that. It is a reference to his untimely death and the unfinished work he left before him.

His memorial is surrounded by wall inscription of 14 of his famous quotes and I took photos of few of my favorites.

 

5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd US President and the president during the Great Depression and World War II. His memorial is my most favorite of all memorials. It contains four rooms which represent each of his four terms as a president, 21 of his most famous quotes, along with two statues of the president himself and even one with his dog, Fala. Not all dogs get its own statue, but just like Hachiko of Japan, Fala got one too. Lucky pooch!

 

6. Albert Einstein Memorial

Yes, there is a memorial for him in DC! We actually didn’t know it, but on our way to WWII Memorial we passed by his statue and realized it was Albert Einstein Memorial. This 12 feet, bronze figure, bored looking Alert Einstein is holding papers summarizing three of his most important contributions to science, including his famous theory of general relativity along with the famous equation E = mc2.

 

7. National World War II Memorial

The National World War II Memorial honor millions of people who served for the American armed forces and gave the ultimate sacrifice. It has a large fountain, 56 granite pillars that represent the United States (48 at the time of the war) the District of Columbia, plus the territories of Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Philippines. Yes, you are reading it right! Philippines gave its contribution to American history.

Olive and I might not have understood why we are seeing our country in one of the pillars when we were taking each others picture in the memorial, but we knew it was something heroic and something to be proud about. So, it is just right for me to pose in front of it. #pride

 

8. Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates the sacrifices of the 5.8 million Americans who served in the U.S. armed forces during Korean War. It depicts 19 soldiers, seven feet tall and made of stainless steel wearing ponchos surrounded by bushes meant to recreate the terrain of Korea.

That’s it for the Washington DC monuments and memorials tour, but I am just starting guys! I still have a lot to show you for my DC tour including the famous White House and US Capitol on my next blog! Stay tuned.

 

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