FC: Washington D.C
1: The Capitol The United States Capitol is our nations center for Government. It is where the Supreme Court used to meet and the House of Representatives and the Senate meet. The Capitol building has a statue hall, an old recreation of the original Supreme Court and the famous rotunda. The rotunda dome weighs 52 million pounds and holds a statue of Freedom on top which is roughly around nineteen feet tall. The Capitol building is where the inauguration takes place. It also has a view of the Washington Monument from the front of the building and a view of the Supreme Court building from the back. The buliding holds two statues from each state. It is a really neat building to take a look around.
2: Hard Rock Cafe Barbie Doll Fun with Morgan, Tunde, Laura and Melanie.
3: White House Party
4: Iwo Jima Iwo Jima is a memorial for the Marines fighting at Iwo Jima. This memorial is based off of a famous picture taken of marines and a Sargent raising the flag. This memorial is an optical illusion. When you walk around the memorial it looks like the marines are raising the flag. This is a really cool memorial because the thirty six feet tall marines look really cool raising the flag and it is a really powerful memorial.
5: The Korean War Memorial The Korean Wall Memorial was very similar to the Vietnam War Memorial. It was a long black wall. Except for it had pictures of soldiers faces that looked back at you. It also had statues of soldiers that represented soldiers marching through the rice fields of Korea. There was also a water fountain and a flag raised. This memorial was sad because when you looked at the wall all you could see were the faces of men who died or were lost.
6: National Air and Space Museum
7: having fun with the statues
8: World War II Memorial The World War II Memorial is a memorial that gets you to think. One of the things I thought about was how much area the war was fought in. It stretched from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to Europe. It occurred in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters, which in the memorial are represented as big arches across from each other. I also took a look at the wall of stars. There are 4,000 stars and each star represents one hundred people that died. That’s 400,00 Americans killed in war. The memorial also made me look at all our states and territories and even districts that helped in this war. It made me think about how united our country is. It shows that when one thing goes wrong, like the bombing in Pearl Harbor, our country stands together as one.
9: Lincoln Memorial The Lincoln Memorial was my favorite monument because of the view. If you turn around at the top of the steps or as your climbing them, you see a view of the Washington Monument with the Capitol behind it. I also liked how the nineteen feet, Abraham Lincoln sat so strong and majestically on his chair. I also thought it was interesting to read his second inaugural speech and his Gettysburg address. | His speeches show that he was a strong leader and a good President of the United States even when we were not so united. The columns all around the building are used to represent each state, which is a cool thing. It shows that Lincoln wanted us to be one nation and not to waste all or hard work on a war. I liked the way Lincoln thought about our country and I think he has a beautiful monument.
10: Museum of American History The Museum of American History was one of my favorite museums. I got to see Kermit the Frog, Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and even one of the Dumbo’s from the ride in Disneyland. It was a really cool museum to look at and take pictures in. I also saw things from all the wars like a model of a helicopter landing with soldiers and the Berlin Wall. Another cool thing was Julia Child’s kitchen. It was her actual kitchen that she cooked in on her show. It also displayed magazines with her on the covers and some of her cookbooks. On another wall were her pots and pans and descriptions of what she used them for. It was a really cool exhibit. I really enjoyed this museum because it had something interesting for everyone instead of just history and facts.
11: The Vietnam Wall Memorial I think this was a very interesting memorial. It was a black wall that started out less than a foot and grew to be at least ten feet in the middle before going down again. All the names on the wall are people who have died or are missing from the Vietnam War. Seeing all the names on the wall show how many brave people have fought for us and for others and have been unlucky. It really makes you appreciate all the hard work they have done for us. | Even those soldiers not on the wall and what they had done for us. I also thought the way the wall reflected was cool because you could see all the things behind and around you in the wall. When we did the rubbings it was really cool because they rubbed really well onto the paper and appeared as if they were on the wall. I really liked this memorial and thought it was a really neat one.
12: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery was a really neat place. It had rows and rows of white graves to represent soldiers marching into battle. There are a few rules to be buried there though. You have to have died in a war, served in a war, be related to someone who died or served in a war or you have to be the president or related to the president. When we were there we also saw the Kennedy’s gravesite and Edward and Robert Kennedy’s white crosses to mark their graves. We also observed the changing of the guard in the rain. They march in an orderly fashion always clicking their heels and waiting twenty-one seconds. They guard the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There are three unknown soldiers being guarded. There was one soldier from World War I, World War II and Korea. They represent all the soldiers that lost their identities fighting for us and our identities. This was a really cool way to start off our trip.
14: Hard Rock Cafe
15: The End