Only recently have I taken an interest in American history. I really don't remember anything from the class I took in high school. I'm guessing that's simply because it didn't interest me at the time. Now I think it's very important as a US citizen to care about the history of our country. I'm hoping to instill this value in my children.
:: Construction ::
When we were there they were doing construction on the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial. It didn't make for the prettiest view.
|Signs showing us to take the long way around.|
|The crew up bright & early to start work.|
|The fencing isn't too nice in front, but the Memorial is great.|
:: Exterior ::
The construction didn't obscure the view of the Memorial, though, once we were close.
|I feel like such a dummy, but I didn't know this is what the Lincoln Memorial looked like. The only thing I could picture in my head was the statue. I thought it was fantastic!|
|I also didn't realize before I went that Washington DC has a lot of Greek inspired architecture. All the buildings felt like they stood strong & proud. The Lincoln Memorial was modeled after the Greek Parthenon.|
|Look at all the detail.|
|Climbing the stairs, Honest Abe comes into view! I'm getting excited just remembering it.|
|Let's stop & take a picture. This was tricky for me, the amateur photographer. Trying to get my friend who was out in the light & Abe who's back in the dark to both come together nicely took me many, many tries.|
:: Interior ::
The interior of the Memorial is separated in to 3 sections. Each section is quite simple, yet elegant. The designer definitely went with the less is more feel. The two end sections have Lincoln's famous speeches engraved on each wall. One section has Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the other is his Second Inaugural Address. The middle section holds the famous statue.
|Me, in front of the statue!|
|Second Inaugural Address|
|Close up of the bottom of one of the huge columns separating the sections.|
|Capt. N gazing up at Lincoln.|
:: Looking out the Back ::As awesome as I thought everything else was at the Memorial my favorite moment was stepping out to the backside. My friend & I arrived at the Memorial just about at sunrise. There was not much happening in the park at that time of day. We saw a few runners, but almost no tourists. After we ooh'ed and aah'ed over the Memorial, my friend & I went to the back & just took it all in. It was so relaxing & peaceful. We vowed then to come back when we turn 50 & spend the day there.
|The columns at the back of the Memorial.|
|Looking off to the right.|
|Looking straight ahead at Arlington National Cemetery.|
|I was so excited to be there that I took a pic of my phone showing where I was.|
:: Just Plain Awesome! ::
|My friend & I came back to the Memorial later in the day with the rest of our clan & it had definitely gotten more crowded. Somehow, though, it was just as awesome with a bunch of people.|
I am so thankful I had the opportunity to see this Memorial with Capt. N. I doubt he fully understood how special it was, but I feel he got out of it just what a 9 year old should - exposure to the awesomeness of our country.
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