Washington D.C. Trip

by Saige Riddick

Washington D.C.

Washington D.C is a very historical sight and there's a lot to see.

Washington Monument

The Washington Monument was built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first president. It was built between 1848 and 1884. The monument is 555 feet tall. No other building in Washington is allowed to be taller than it! The monument is made out of Marble, Granite, and Sandstone.
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Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is an American National Monument built to honor the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The Jefferson Memorial is and American National Monument built to honor The United States' third president's ideals of science, culture, beauty, learning and liberty. The building of the Lincoln Memorial took place between 1914 and 1922. The building of the Jefferson Memorial took place between 1939 and 1943. Major changes had been made to the Jefferson Memorial, the statue was plaster, but then exchanged with a bronze statue after World War 2. The Lincoln is made of blocks of marble.
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Marine Corps/Iwo Jima and Vietnam Memorial

The Marine Corps War Memorial was built to honor and recognize the marines who fought and stood by our countries' side since 1775. The Vietnam Memorial was built to symbol America's honor and recognition of the men and women who fought in the Vietnam War. The Men sculpted on The Marine Corps Memorial were from an iconic photograph of six men raising a flag. The names that are inscribed on the black walls of The Vietnam Memorial are the names of more than 58,000 men and women.
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The U.S Capitol

I learned that the Capitol is a symbol of the people and their government. It is the meeting place of the nation's legislature. The Capitol is really important because it has housed the meeting chambers for the House Of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries.
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The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest judicial body in the United States. The current judges are, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, John G. Roberts, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor,and Elena Kagan.
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The Air and Space and American History Museums

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC has thousands of objects on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer, the Apollo 11 and Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. The American History Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts, all true national treasures.
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Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery conducts between 27 and 30 funeral services each week day and between 6 and 8 on Saturdays. The grounds of Arlington honor those who have served our nation. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands atop a hill overlooking Washington. On March 4,1921, Congress approved the burial of an unidentified soldier from WW1 in the plaza of the new Memorial Amphitheater. Audie Murphy wanted to join the marines but he was too short. He settled on the infantry, enlisting to become nothing less than one of the most decorated heroes of WW2. The Maine Mast Monument, bounded on two sides by Sigsbee Drive, is named after Adm. Charles Dwight Sigsbee, who commanded the vessel as a captain at the time of its destruction. On November 22 1963, while on a campaign trip to Dallas, President Kennedy was shot and killed. There are only to US presidents buried in Arlington Cemetery, Kennedy along with William Howard Taft.

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The White House

Designed by the Irish architect, James Hoban in the 1790s, The White House is the official home for the U.S president. The White House holds 142 rooms on 6 floors. And 35 bathrooms! The White House is where the President does his work and business.
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The National Zoo

The National Zoo is located in the heart of Northwest Washington, DC and spans 163 acres. There, you can find animals like Pandas, Cheetahs, Birds, Elephants, Apes, and more. My personal favorites were the Pandas and Elephants.
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The Dinner Cruise

My favorite part of the cruise was when we went on the roof and there was music playing, and everyone had alot of fun.

The Hotel

The hotel was amazing- our view from the room was beautiful! The bus ride was really fun even if it was a 15 minute ride.
( i didnt get to send pictures from my phone to my laptop)