DC Trip Highlights – Monuments and Memorials

These were all from our day out with Ane.

We had actually begun our day very early with her out on the National Mall, where we went to go see the major monuments and memorials.  In the course of a couple of hours, we visited the Washington Monument…

The Webmaster and Ane at the Washington Monument

… the World War II Memorial…

World War II Memorial

… which was a very big place.  We took our time wandering around.


Deanna and Ane

Then we went to the Korean War Memorial…

Korean War Memorial

… the Lincoln Memorial (which was another highlight for Ane)…

Ane and the Lincoln Memorial

The Webmaster, Ane, and President Lincoln

… and the Vietnam Wall.

The Vietnam Wall

We also found a little hidden memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence on this island….

Island with the memorial

At the entrance to the bridge

There was a bridge leading to the island…

The bridge

… and on the island, grouped by state, was each signer’s name, etched in stone, highlighted in gold, with their hometown and occupation listed.

John Adams

We then walked over to the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and saw the Star Spangled Banner exhibit (no photography allowed inside).

Entrance to the exhibit

We also walked through the First Ladies exhibit.

Mary Todd Lincoln's dress and silver tea service

Then we had to hustle over to Ford’s Theatre.  After Ford’s, we headed to the Pentagon on the Metro to meet up with the Major.  He gave us a guided tour of the Pentagon, which was SO cool.  Not everyone gets their own personal tour guide through there!

Ane at the Pentagon

However, there are only a few spots where you can take pictures, so most of our tour was “eyes only,”  including the 9/11 Memorial Chapel, and meeting General Dempsey, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He greeted Ane first and shook her hand, and then the Webmaster and I each got to shake his hand as well.

After our tour at the Pentagon (and the stop at the gift shop) was over, the Major drove us over to Arlington National Cemetery.  Even though Ane was wiped out, this was our chance to see the Kennedy gravesite…

Kennedy gravesite

… and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The Tomb of the Unknowns

When we left Arlington, Ane was dead on her feet.  She stayed in the car when the Major took us to our last stop for the day, the Marine Corps War Memorial – aka the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Iwo Jima Memorial

As we drove back to the Major and Q-Bee’s house, Ane fell fast asleep.  We had seen so much in one day!

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