FC: Washington DC Trip- SLS
1: First stop, Arlington National Cemetery! This huge cemetary was established on Robert E. Lee's property. More than 300,000 deceased veterans form many wars are buried here. One neat thing about the uniformed grave stones is that they were layed out in perfect rows because it was made to look as though the soldiers are | heading into battle one last time. It was not always like this, though. Years ago people could pay for their family member to have a bigger head stone. They changed this because it looked messy and out of uniform. Also, the tomb of the unknown soldier is here on the top of a hill overlooking Washington DC. In this tomb. This tomb was to remember all of the soldiers that sacrificed their lives for us that never had their bodies identified. Soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam are represented here. Arlington National Cemetery is one of the biggest national cemeteries and it will most likely run out of room by 2012. * * *
2: After Arlington, we all take a stop by the Lincoln Monument honoring one of our nations best Presidents. His statue inside this monument is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons. Carved into the walls are his Gettysburg Address and second inaugural speech. Also, this is the place Martin Luther King Jr, gave the famous "I Have A Dream" Speech on August 28, 1963
3: Everyones' taking a picture of the Reflecting Pool and Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
4: This is a picture of the Iow Jima Memorial. This memorial was made for the Marine Corps who have died sense 1775. This particular statue was a replica of a picture that was taken while Marine Corps were raising a flag on Mount Suribachi (the highest point of the Island) | so all the American troopswould see it and it would give them hope. In the battle of Iwo Jima, which was going on while these men were raising this flag, 6,800 American troops died along with 23,000 Japanese troops. This statue is amazing to see in person because of its size. The mass of the flag rises 6 stories high and the figures are about 32 feet. On top of all that (or on the bottom) this gigantic statue is rested on a 10 foot high base. * * *
5: The Capitol building is one of the most important buildings in Washington D.C. It is the meeting place for both the House of Representatives and the Senate and has been for almost two centuries. The Capitol Building was started in 1793. In 1814, in the midst of construction, British troops set fire to the building because of the war of 1812. After that fire, they rebuilt the building and there have been even further changes, the most recent being in the 1960's. Today, the Capitol Building has a ground area of 175,170 square feet and a floor area of about 16.5 acres.
6: We all pose for a picture in the Capitol Building
7: The White House is the residence and office of the President and the President's family. The White House started being built in 1792 and was finished in 1800. Like the Capitol Building, the White House was also set on fire in 1814 by the British for the Wat of 1812. A few interesting facts about the White House are that there are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels and also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
8: A picture of Clare, Seeley, Liza and Amber after visiting the White House.
9: This is part of one of the panels on the Vietnam Memorial. The Vietnam memorial is a long wall in the shape of a "V" with panels marked with a W for west and an E for east. The construction for this memorial began on March 11, 1982 designed by a woman named Maya Ying Lin. There are now 58,261 names on the wall. The last person to die in the Vietnam was was Jessie C. Alba.
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11: Everyone in the Lincoln Monument
12: Me, Clare and Melanie in the bus heading home from Washington