FC: Washington, DC Photos By Mac Zech
1: Doug and Colin on the Bus
3: Mac Ross is happy (About what? I have no idea)
5: Someone's happy
6: Everyone's happy!
9: Going up the Stairs and going down the stairs and going up the stairs and going down the stairs...
11: Lincoln Memorial The Lincoln Memorial was a very grand memorial that must have taken much time and skill to build. When I first went into the memorial, I was taken aback by how colossal the statue of Lincoln actually was. I guess seeing it on pennies and small trinkets really does a number on your sense of reality. I didn't have time to read both of Lincoln's famous speeches and i find it hard to believe that there would be a spelling mistake on either of them. The gift shop was filled with books and I couldn't find a miniature replica of the monument like the one Mr. Phelps has in his room. I think i could have had a slightly more enjoyable time if I hadn't been so obsessed with keeping warm. I definitely would recommend going to the Lincoln Memorial if you ever pass by Washington DC.
13: WWII Memorial I thought the WWII Memorial was a great work of architecture. The war was fought on two fronts ant I thought the memorial represented that accurately. The thing that took me aback were the starrs. I didn't think there would be that many of them and seeing them all together was very powerful. The coolest part of the shole memorial was the two metal reefs suspended by 4 eagles when you first walked in. I noticed that there were two kinds of smaller reefs on each state's pillar. I tried to find out what the reefs meant and why each state either got one or the other but i couldn't find the answer online. In hindsight, I probably should have asked the tour guide tis question. Al in all, going to the WWII Memorial was a great experience for me
15: Korean War Memorial I was especially interested in seeing this memorial because both my grandfathers fought in the Korean War. He flew bombing missions all over North Korea. The thing I liked most about the monument were the soldiers. They were unique from each other in many ways. I liked the way that some men looked alert, some looked scared, and some looked determined and bold. To me, that is the most accurate representation of soldiers in any monument I have seen at Washington. I also liked the wall to the right side of the soldiers. It obviously took a lot of skill to make the wall and it looked a lot like a montage. The whole memorial was very powerful and I would like to see it again some day.
17: Iwo Jima Memorial I had seen the picture of the 5 soldiers raising the flag atop mount Serabatchi before but seeing it as a giant memorial was still very awesome. I remember the tour guide saying it was the biggest metal cast ever made. Its very amazing how a photographer was able to capture that pivotal moment. Even as the sculpture, you can still see the looks of determination on all of the soldiers’ faces. Iwo Jima is just one of the many battles that showcase the strength determination of the Marines. This memorial, above all others, made me proud to be an American.
19: Vietnam War Memorial When I first saw the Vietnam War Memorial, I was disappointed. It looked so simple and easy to make. I thought that it was unfair to the veterans of the war. When I actually got a closer look at the Memorial, I realized just how many names were on the wall. It must have taken a long time to compile the names of all the dead soldiers and to carve each of their names into the stone. In fact, the Vietnam War Memorial really made me reflect on the war and its costs. I had not thought deeply about the Vietnam War in that way before. The purpose of a memorial is to make us remember and respect our fallen soldiers. If you think about it, the Vietnam War Memorial is one of the best memorials in Washington, DC
21: Changing of the Guard The changing of the guard was a really cool performance to watch. It was really amazing how well the ceremony was executed. The guard had been out in the wind and rain for 2 hours and he still maintained perfect posture. It made me think about how much skill and determination the soldiers had. I hope that one day I can also posses this much drive towards at least one aspect of my life. Seeing the soldiers resolve to defend the tomb of the Unknown Soldier reminded me that as an American, I am in good company. The only blemish that marred the ceremony was the cold. I could almost feel individual skin cells on my hands die of cold. That said, on a warm summer day I would very much like to go back and see the changing of the guard ceremony the way it is meant to be done.
23: Arlington National Cemetery I thought the Arlington National Cemetery was a sobering experience. Seeing all those graves lined up in rows and knowing that they each represented a man or woman who gave their lives for our freedom made me think about all I have to be thankful for. The newer graves especially made me feel this way. Going to the older graves was slightly less somber because of the wide variety of gravestones. When I first heard of the eternal flame I didn’t know what exactly to expect. When I saw John F. Kennedy’s grave I agreed with my friends that it was a superb memorial to a great leader. I really wish it hadn’t rained because that and the fog obstructed my view of General Lee’s old house. I would like to visit General Lee’s house and maybe go on a tour sometime but I don’t think I would like to go to Arlington cemetery again.
25: National Museum of American History The Museum of American history was a very interesting museum. Thought it was great that we could go with friends and visit any exhibit we wanted. I teamed up with Gardner and Robert Powis and we went all over the place. While we spent a good amount of time in the childrens’ section (they had a windsurfing activity), we also went to see Washington’s godlike statue. He looked very regal in this statue and this makes me think that the person who made his statue was likely a supporter of Alexander Hamilton (who wanted lifelong terms for presidents and senators). Gardner and I also saw how the atomic bomb affected world politics in another exhibit. The only thing that could make the museum better would be adding more candy to the gift shop (I was running low).