My Washington Experience

May 11-13 , 2016

Washington Monument

One of the many places we went was The Washington Memorial. This memorial is the staple of Washington. The Washington Monument's construction started in 1848 but was not open for public viewing until 1888. This building was built as a tribute to George Washington the first president of the United States. The free-standing masonry is two different colors because when construction started they used a different material then the begging of building.
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The Lincoln and Jefferson Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is a sculpture of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. This memorial has been standing for 94 years and was built as an honor sculpture for President Lincoln. The Jefferson Memorial is resembling the Pantheon in Rome. The memorial was built in 1925 surrounded by water.

Vietnam Memorial and World War Two Marine Corps Memorial

The Vietnam Memorial honors the service men that fought in the war against North Vietnam, it also stands for the service men that were missing in action during or after the war. The work was done by Maya Lin and it is made out of Gabbro. The World War Two Memorial stands to honor all the troops that have died in all of the wars that the U.S. were involved in. It was designed by Felix de Weldon and Horace W. Pealee the memorial is made out of granite and the stones in the sculpture is from vertical pillars and pavilions.

U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol was built in 1793 by a man who won a contest that gave him 500 dollars and a lot in the city. The U.S. Capitol is constantly in and out of construction to make it stay standing rather than fall apart due to frail material. The purpose of the Capitol is for senators.
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The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest most important judicial court in a country or state. The judges in the Supreme Court currently are Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Anthony Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, and John Roberts.
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Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum was really big and was two stories. The best part was when me and my friends went inside one of the first planes.
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Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington Cemetery has a famous tomb called "the tomb of the unknown solider" this is a tomb put up for an unidentified solider in World War 1, his tomb overlooks the hill. The gravesite of Audie Murphy is important because he was denied by the marines but soon became very well known as a heroic icon one of the examples of heroism is that he single-handedly held off an entire crew of German soldiers he also directed a counterattack while injured and out of bullets. The USS Maine was a memorial honoring those who dies on the USS Maine. The Challenger Memorial stands for those who died aboard the space shuttle that exploded. Kennedy's Gravesite is in a special place due to his presidency.

The White House

The White House is where the presidents and their family live it is also the president's workplace. The White House is also used for important buissness that has to do with the country.
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The National Zoo

The National Zoo's location is 3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008. You can find animals such as a red panda, cheetah, zebra, flamingo, lots of birds, etc. I liked the red panda the best cause I've never seen one and it was really cute.

The Dinner Cruise

My favorite part of the Dinner Cruise was the big mirror next to the bathroom and the upper deck. The ship was two decks and a medium size with large windows at each table. The dancing was fun and talking to my friends without the chaos of walking through the streets was also fun. My dinner was good because I am a vegetarian I had vegetable lasagna. The river was pretty and long.

Travel and Hotel

The bus ride was fun and not that long and we had a great bus driver. Bus 2's bus driver was Manny and he was nice and respectful. My group was very loud and chaotic but still a lot of fun. The hotel room was my favorite part cause me and my friends got to have freedom and talk about our day. The rest areas were fun cause of all the options and souvenirs. One of the stops were uncalled for when a bus broke down.