FC: Washington D.C By Gardner Tregellas
1: The Capital Building I like the Capital Building because it is one of the most important places in Washington D.C. Specifically, it is important because it is where the two parts of the legislative branch meets. The Senate meets on one side of the building and the House of Representatives meets on the other. Both legislative branches are important because they establish laws. Originally completed in 1830 I am very impressed with the architecture and the overall scale and the detail inside and outside of the building. Also on our tour of the Capital I liked how many beautiful pieces of artwork were there to see. That is why I like the Capital Building.
2: The Lincoln Monument I like The Lincoln Monument because Abraham Lincoln was a very important President in the history of the United States. Personally, I like this monument because Lincoln is my favorite president, because he helped the Union through the Civil War and abolished slavery. Also, I like this monument because on both sides of the monument there are Lincoln's two famous speeches. One of the speeches is the Gettysburg Address. In this speech Lincoln talks about how the Civil War is destroying the nation and that this nation must stay strong and keep following the saying that all men are created equal. On the other side is the speech from his second inauguration. In this speech, he says that we must finish rebuilding the nation and that our work in not yet done. That is why I like the Lincoln Monument.
3: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier I like the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier because this Memorial demonstrates how the country cares about all of the brave soldiers that died on the field of battle. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier respects unknown soldiers from the following wars: World War Two, the Korea War and the Vietnam War. Because many bodies could not be identified or located during these wars, the country created the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to show appreciation for the troops who died for their country. This is important to me because all the brave soldiers who died in war should be remembered and praised for their courage.
4: John F. Kennedy Memorial. I like the John F. Kennedy Memorial because it commemorates President Kennedy's many contributions to his country. He was the first President to do something about the problem of segregation. For instance, he passed the Civil Rights Act, which was one of main steps towards giving black Americans equal rights. Also, I like this memorial because it has the eternal flame. This flame signifies that what he did for the country will help forever and never die. That is why I like the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
5: The Marine Corps Memorial I like the Marine Corps Memorial because the Marines have been a very important factor in every war that the United States has fought in. The memorial shows the marines putting the American flag up at Iwo Jima, showing that they had won the battle. I also like this memorial, because it shows each War that the Marine Corps have fought in starting with the Revolutionary war. This shows that the Marine Corps has been serving America since the beginning of our country and that they are still helping today.
6: The World War Two Memorial The World War Two Memorial symbolizes how important this war was to our country and the world. I like it because at both ends of the memorial there are structures that represent that the United States was fighting in the Pacific against the Japanese and in the Atlantic against the Nazis. Also I like how there is a pillar with all the names of the states starting from the first that formed the union to the last territories that were joined to the union. Most importantly, I like that all the states have a rope holding them together, and this signifies that even though there was a war the United States stayed together. Lastly, I like all of the stars on the wall that represents all of the lives that were lost in this gruesome war.
7: The Korean War Memorial. Korean War Memorial because it is very unique. First, I like it because it has incredible pictures of soldiers that fought in the war on the wall. Also, I like how the pictures look three-dimensional. Second, I liked the stone that the wall is made of because it is very reflective, like a mirror. There are also several big statues of soldiers that are very life like. Lastly, I like how the memorial looks like the soldiers are standing in the rice patties in Korea.
8: The Vietnam Memorial I like the Vietnam Memorial because it showed me how many lives were lost during the Vietnam War. In the Vietnam War there were more than 200,000 soldiers injured or killed. Also this was the only war where the United States had to use the draft. This draft meant that young people were being taken from there families and were getting shipped off to the war. This war was a traumatic war for our country because it was an unpopular war and a war that we left without a victory.
9: Justin Hart on Robert Wood's shoulders trying to get a name on the Vietnam memorial that is just a little to high. | Colin Ahrens and many other people looking at this toy at the Air and Space Museum. | Doug Butman, Chris Shurr and I standing in front of the Lincoln Monument.
10: A picture of Kermit the frog at the National History Museum. | This is a picture of a bunch of people standing in front of the Lincoln Monument.
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