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Washington DC 2016

Memorials

Washington Monument:

The Washington monument was built to honor our first president of the United States, George Washington for his military leadership from 1775-1783 during the American Revolution. The monument was under construction in 1854. The Washington National Monument Society ran out of money and the project was put on a pause. After twenty-five years the upper two-thirds of the structure was completed by 1884 using marble from a different quarry.

Lincoln Memorial :

In this memorial sits the 16th president who saved the union represents an enduring symbol of unity, strength, and wisdom. The Lincoln memorial´s location was decided in 1913 and constructed the following the next year. Henry Bacon designed the building, Daniel French sculpted the statue and Jules Guerin painted the two murals.

Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson memorial honors the third president ´s ideals of beauty, science, learning, culture, and liberty. There are 54 columns in the memorial, in the middle stands a statue of Jefferson 19 feet tall. The memorial was dedicated on Jefferson's 200th birthday. It was built in the taste of Jefferson's classical style seen in the Monticello and the University of Virginia Rotunda.

Arlington National Semitary


This cemetery has a scenic landscape and grounds that have headstones and monuments where you can reflect on names and ponder the stories each person could tell.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

Overlooking Washington atop a hill is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On March 4,1921 Congress approved the burial of an unidentified soldier from World War One in the plaza of the new memorial Amphitheater. There are six wreaths sculpted on the sarcophagus representing the six major campaigns in World War One.

Gravesite of Audie Murphy:

Audie Murphey was the most decorated soldier in World War Two. In the beginning of the War he was not in a high rank because of he was to small for other positions but he was able to work his way up from his great skills and courageous acts. His tomb is marked by a simple white, government-issue tombstone, which lists only a few of his military decorations. The stone is, as he was, too small.

Mast of the USS Marine:

This monument is bounded on two sides by Sigsbee Drive named after Adm. Charles Dwight Sigsbee who commanded the vessel as a captain at the time of its destruction. The mast is the actual mast from the USS Maine that sunk in the Havana Harbor, Cuba, February 15,1898.

Challenger Memorial:

This memorial is for the Space Shuttle Challenger that exploded seconds after take off, killing all seven crew members. The memorial has the faces and names of all seven crew members carved on the monument.

Kennedy Gravesite:

At Kennedy's gravesite his children Patrick Kennedy and a stillborn daughter were reburied. The eternal flame burns from the center of a five-foot circular flat-granite stone at the head of the grave. The entire site is 3.2 acres to honor the memory of the president.