FC: Washington DC Trip | November 11-13, 2009 | Carter Bergeron
1: The Washington Monument was built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington's military service. Its construction took almost 40 years because it was stalled during the Civil War. One of the first things you notice is the change of color in the stone. This marks where the construction stopped and then restarted. For most Americans it represents our first president. For me, however, I enjoy the architecture because of its simplicity and dominance over the landscape. This monument represents American strength.
2: The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on May 30th, 1922 almost six decades after Lincoln's death. The architect Henry Bacon, modeled it after the Parthenon. In the memorial it says "In this temple as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever." To me, and most Americans, this inscription describes Abraham Lincoln perfectly. He is known as the abolisher of slavery and his memorial represents freedom and equality. Abraham Lincoln was also president during the Civil War and his leadership brought the country back together.
3: While most people refer to this as the Iwo Jima Memorial, it is actually the Marine Corps War Memorial dedicated to all marines who have given there lives since 1775. The statue was sculpted from a picture taken by a news photographer named Joe Rosenthal. It was dedicated by President Eisenhower on November 10th, 1954. This memorial represents the bravery and courage of all Marines. When I look at this statue it makes me think that the Marines are soldiers that never give up.At the end of this battle, they didn't rest until the flag was raised. True American spirit.
4: The World War II Memorial honors the people who served, died,and all who supported the war effort at home. The memorial was dedicated by President Clinton on May 29th,2004. This memorial makes you reflect on one of the most destructive human conflicts in history. | The memorial is very powerful in a sense that it represents 16 million soldiers that served in World War II. Out of the 16 million, 400,000 of those died in combat. To me this memorial is more special because my great grandfather died just after the war ended. Even though he is buried in Holland it is good to know that there is a place here that memorializes his service.
5: The John F. Kennedy eternal flame is a memorial at the grave site of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Jacqueline Kennedy requested an eternal flame at her husband's grave. She lit the flame at the end of the burial service. The flame represents that John F. Kennedy's memory will never go out. For most Americans it represents the short life of a great leader. When I look at his grave I think about the stuff I have read, how he was a great president and leader, but it must have been awful to have a president assassinated in your lifetime.
6: The Capital Rotunda is 96 feet wide and 180 feet high.The Rotunda was completed in 1824. It connects the House and Senate sides. The Rotunda was built to bring to mind the ancient Pantheon. When I walked in the capital, I was very amazed at the grandness of the detail on the Rotunda ceiling. This is also a very important place. Every law that is made has to go through the Capital. If I wanted to make bacon,egg,and cheese the national sandwich then it would have to go through here first. It is hard to imagine all the important legislation that has passed through this building. This building represents democracy.
7: Another part of the Capital Rotunda is the collection of statues and busts. All of these sculptures are of historical or otherwise important figures in American history. Some of them are of presidents while others are of people who stood up for their beliefs. People like Martin Luther King and Susan B. Anthony are important because they were the voice of minorities such as women and African Americans. To people in this country it is another example of how everyone is created equal.
8: The Tomb of the Unknowns is guarded by Company E of The Old Guard, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. At each changing, the Tomb Guard marches 21 steps down the mat behind the tomb, faces east for 21 seconds, faces north for 21 seconds, and then takes 21 steps down the mat and does it again. This represents the 21 gun salute which is the highest military honor that can be given. To me the Changing of the Guard symbolizes the discipline of the soldiers and how important it is to guard a tomb that represents so many serviceman that are unknown to us. It is very sad that there are so many servicemen whose bodies have not been recovered.
9: In the Capital Building Day 2
10: Staring up at the Capital Building's dome ceiling
11: Bobby telling "the story" Carl sitting on the bus