Day 60, Thursday, September 13, 2018
National Mall, Washington, D.C.
One of the things I really wanted to do the second time I was in Washington, D.C. was to visit the National Mall again and see the monuments that I missed the first time. I always say that there is never enough time to do everything, and I was excited to see more!
The Washington Monument, of course, is iconic, and featured in so many photographs! I was completed in 1885, and stands 555 feet tall. It is always a favorite! One day I want to go to the top…
This Doric temple style memorial is the District of Columbia War Memorial, that honors the residents of Washington, D.C. who died in World War I. It was erected in 1931. The day that I was there, a couple was getting married!
The Korean War Memorial was placed in 1995, which several soldiers walking through junipers, meant to represent the terrain they walked through during the war.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is a relatively new addition, added in 2011. There are a number of King quotes places on the walls of the monument, and the impressive likeness of Dr. King stands in the center.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial honors the President who guided the country through the Great Depression and most of World War II. A polio survivor who was often confined to a wheelchair, I was glad to see that the memorial represented him as he was in real life. There are several statues making up this memorial, including men standing in a breadline, and a man listening to one of FDR’s fireside chats over the radio. I was also happy to see that Eleanor Roosevelt has her own statue here, as she did much to benefit the country separate from FDR. This memorial was placed in 1997.
Finally, I visited the Jefferson Memorial, which was completed in 1943. It has a huge statue of Jefferson, contained within a Neoclassical style building. It is so beautiful and has a prominent location looking out over the tidal basin.
I wasn’t the only one enjoying the monuments, of course. I saw lots of birds there too! Dozens of ducks, a couple of Great Blue Herons and a Great Egret!
I enjoyed wandering and seeing all these tributes to strong, influential Americans!