S: Walt's Washington D.C. Memories
BC: D.C. | 2012 | Washington
FC: Washington D.C. | 2012
1: The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War, It is often described as the war's turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's invasion of the North.
2: The Lincoln Memorial
3: Ford Theatre | Ford's Theatre is a historic theatre in Washington, D.C. It is also the site of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. After being shot, the fatally wounded president was carried across the street to the Petersen House, where he died the next morning. | "Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition." Abraham Lincoln | Peterson House
4: The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), was a major battle in which the United States fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Empire of Japan. The U.S. invasion, charged with the mission of capturing the three airfields on Iwo Jima, resulted in some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific Campaign of World War II.
5: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial | Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades.
7: Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington County, Virginia, is a military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, formerly the estate of the family of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. The cemetery is situated across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
8: Library of Congress | National Archives | The Capital | The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington, DC, displays the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence | D.C. Monuments
9: Clock Tower | Washington Monument | Jefferson Memorial | Originally built to house the US Postal Service and the local city post office, the Old Post Office is the third tallest building in Washington and the city's first modern skyscraper
10: The oldest public building in Washington, DC and has been the home of every president except George Washington. It took 8 years to build. | The White House | 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
11: Millswood in the House | * There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the Residence. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. * At various times in history, the White House has been known as the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901. * Presidential Firsts while in office... President James Polk (1845-49) was the first President to have his photograph taken... President Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) the first President to ride in an automobile, & also the first to travel outside the country when he visited Panama... President Franklin Roosevelt (1933-45) was the first to ride in an airplane. *With five full-time chefs, the White House kitchen is able to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d'oeuvres to more than 1,000. * The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface. *For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling lane. | White House Fun Facts
12: The Supreme Court: Article III, 1, of the Constitution provides that "[t]he judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish." The Supreme Court of the United States was created in accordance with this provision and by authority of the Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789 (1 Stat. 73). It was organized on February 2, 1790. | The Supreme Court
13: Walter Takes Washington! | Inside the Senate Building | Holocaust Museum | Canadian Embassy | 2012 | D.C.
14: Basilica of National Catholosim | The First Amendment | Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
15: The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.-Romanesque in style, its massive, one-of-a-kind superstructure is home to over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures and traditions that are the fabric of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation. The Basilica also houses the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art on earth.
16: Building | Dream | " I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness."
17: Congress approved and authorized a foundation to create "Build the Dream", The foundation raised $120 million required for the project. The Memorial conveys three themes – democracy, justice, and hope. Carved from 159 granite blocks assembled to appear as one piece. There is also a 450-foot inscription wall, made from granite panels, Inscribed with 14 excerpts of King's sermons and public addresses to serve as living testaments of his vision of America. | a Memorial | Courage
18: The Jefferson Memorial | We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.
19: Dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, an American Founding Father and third President of the United States.The memorial was officially dedicated by President Roosevelt on April 13, 1943 on the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birthday. The interior has a 19 ft tall bronze statue of Jefferson. | L | Memorial Facts
20: Mount Vernon
21: The plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style, and the estate is located on the Potomac River.George's older half-brother, inherited the estate and changed its name to Mount Vernon in honor of Vice Admiral Edward Vernon famed for the War of Jenkin's Ear.
22: Show me the Money! | The Department of the Treasury is an executive department and the treasury of the United States federal government. The Treasury prints and mints all paper currency and coins in circulation through the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the United States Mint. The Department also collects all federal taxes through the Internal Revenue Service, and manages U.S. government debt instruments, with the major exception of the Federal Reserve System.
23: Museum of American History | M | The National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center collects, preserves and displays the heritage of the United States in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Among the items on display are the original Star-Spangled Banner and Archie Bunker's chair. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and located in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall.
24: The museum's collections total over 126 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. The museum has over 570,000 catalogued reptiles from around the world. The Hall of Dinosaurs has fossilized skeletons and cast models, including Tyrannosaurus Rex facing off with Triceratops, and the "Triceratops exhibit shows the first accurate dinosaur skeleton in virtual motion | T-Rex
25: The Museum of Natural History | Triceritops