Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Lincoln Memorial

The National Mall is an open-area national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. The National Mall is a unit of the National Park Service, and is administered by the National Mall and Memorial Parks unit.
The term "National Mall" commonly includes areas that are officially part of West Potomac Park and Constitution Gardens to the west, and often is taken to refer to the entire area between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol, with the Washington Monument providing a division slightly west of the center.
The National Mall receives approximately 24 million visitors each year.
The Smithsonian is an institution that manages a whole range of museums across the city of Washington. The collection of the Smithsonian was originally housed at a castle-like structure, the appropriately named Smithsonian Castle.
Below: A long distance view of the Washington National Cathedral. Amazing that we could have possibly missed seeing this incredible edifice on the landscape!
Arlington Cemetary Hit the link. This place is amazing!
Lovely winter sky below, don't you think? I like the way the sun is
trying to burst through the clouds.
The memorial marking of Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech given here on this very spot: I HAVE A DREAM!
I was very moved by this memorial of Abraham Lincoln. It was followed by an hour going through the historical replay of this man's life at the Museum of American History.
Suffice to say, it is one of those experiences that simply cannot leave one unchanged
- plain and simple!

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