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Saturday in Washington, DC

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If you're local to the DC area you undoubtedly took school field trips to the city to view museums and monuments as a child. Every day I drive to DC to work, but I can't say I've really explored the city much since childhood. Honestly when you drive by the White House and National Monument every morning you become immune to their existence, even though people come from all over the world to view these sites. On this beautiful autumn day I decided to walk around, starting here at the Lincoln Memorial. 

Everyone has seen photos of the impressive statue of Abraham Lincoln at the memorial. But the structure in which he is housed is architecturally interesting.  Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the U.S., was a freedom fighter so it's not surprising that many well-known speeches, including Martin Luther King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, have been delivered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. Seems fitting since Honest Abe led the U.S. through the Civil War and slavery ended under his tenure. 

On this day, the group rallying at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial was "A Call to Prayer for America." What were they doing? Honestly I can't tell you. The woman at the podium constantly shouted phrases about Jesus and how only prayer can save us from the reigns of Obama. Really it was quite annoying, but people are entitled to their religious beliefs and in the U.S. they can loudly express them whenever they choose. 

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Some of the participants were extremely energetic and moved by the speaker, such as the woman below. I'm not religious, but always admire people who are passionate about something, be it religion, family, travel, etc. She really captivated me with her hand gestures and colorful gloves. :)

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Appeal to Heaven. Well, another religious fanatic roaming the area. I don't think he was affiliated with the other group but many people wanted their photo taken with him, including this handsome serviceman. 

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Maybe the founding father told this guy a dirty joke. Judging by his smile they had an amusing exchange. In the U.S., where military service is completely voluntary, men and women who serve are treated with utmost respect and appreciation from the majority of citizens. It's really quite touching to see people come up to men and women in military uniforms to thank them for their service to our country.

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Beautiful Stars & Stripes right by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed in 1982 and is located near the Lincoln Memorial. 58,261 names are inscribed on the memorial wall. The design was highly controversial because it was perceived by many veterans to be drab with its black color and complete lack of ornamentation. The stones on which the names are inscribed came from Bangalore, India and they were specifically chosen for their reflective qualities. However, the stone cutting and name inscriptions were done in America. Below, a young boy who probably has no concept of war or the atrocities that accompany it begins the wall walk with his father.

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Likely a different story with this older veteran, who has surely seen the tragedies of war. You will see veterans, family members and ordinary citizens polishing slabs of stones that contain the names of loved ones. You cannot help but get emotional at sights like this, the history and sacrifice of these soldiers and their families. During this era, the military draft was in place so not all soldiers served voluntarily. 

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Full length view of the memorial wall.

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Lots of locals and tourists simply out walking or cycling and enjoying the beautiful autumn weather and foliage.

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U.S. Capitol in the background.

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If you're a museum person then DC is a great city. For me most museums are very stuffy and boring. I'd rather be walking around, looking at people and, in DC, seeing what interesting protests or crazy ideas are being shouted. Even during the work week you can visit a few major intersections and likely find a large protest, or creative individual, objecting to some war, government or U.S. policy at a least one of them. The city is very navigable by foot and metro, so let your feet carry you forward and explore! 

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Until next time...





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ipona_mat
Mar. 12th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Place known, thanks to Holliwood, all over the world. And it's just a usual place, where people living, working and having fun.
Strange feeling :)

Thank you anyway!
peacetraveler22
Mar. 15th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! And thanks for reading.
a_ko4evnik
Mar. 15th, 2013 09:42 am (UTC)
So beautiful!
Thanks.
peacetraveler22
Mar. 15th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. DC is unusual for a major U.S. city because skyscrapers are not permitted here so we have none.

Edited at 2013-03-15 03:38 pm (UTC)
a_ko4evnik
Mar. 15th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Google translate - is a geat thing I should say!
If it is not exist I don't understand some your english sentence.
By the way it is interesting to me about time zone. What is your mother-town?
peacetraveler22
Mar. 15th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
I live in Virginia but work in Washington, DC. East Coast of America, current time is 2:22 p.m.
a_ko4evnik
Mar. 15th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
My current time is 10:22 p.m.
Now I have to take into consideration this fact.
I will friend you, is it okay?

Edited at 2013-03-15 07:05 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Mar. 16th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
Yes, of course!
a_ko4evnik
Mar. 15th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Virginia & Washington...
I have to look at the map now.
anna_sollanna
Jul. 3rd, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is very impressive! This black mirrored wall is stunning... I've found more its photos in Wikipedia and when I was able to read the names on one of them I almost began to cry... There is a phrase in the Russian language "Nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten" ("Никто не забыт, ничто не забыто"), I think it is exactly about this monument!
peacetraveler22
Jul. 3rd, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's very cool! If you come to DC you must visit it. I really like the reflective nature of the stone on the wall.
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