The Wonderful Washington D.C.
By: Christina Kania
Come visit the Washington Monument
- It was made to honor the great leader George Washington.
- Built to be the tallest building so he will never be forgotten.
- The monument stands in its own shadow like Washington did.
- It stands at 555 feet and 5-1/8 inches.
- The monument is two different shades because due to the war, construction had to stop then continue years later.
Lincoln Memorial & Jefferson Memorial are must sees!
Information about the Lincoln Memorial-
- It was built to remember the historic president.
- The large elements of Abraham Lincoln's statue give the viewer an atmosphere of reflection and awe.
- The materials of the monument are very random from different states to show that even though they were separated due to war they can come together and can create something beautiful, but at the same time also explain the reunification of all the states.
- There are inscriptions inside about Lincoln's life and his speeches.
- It's construction took place between 1914 and 1922.
Information about the Jefferson Memorial-
- Overall construction began 1934, the statue was sculpted in 1941 and the entire memorial was finished in 1943.
- Created to honor Jefferson, his many achievements and his thoughts on freedom and religion
- The structure of the monument was aiming to follow Jefferson's own architectural tastes.
- It also has quotations in which was taken from Jefferson's writing that show his principles to which he gave his life to.
Visit War Memorials
About the Vietnam Veterans Memorial-
- Honors the men and women that served in the Vietnam War and everyone that passed as well.
- More than 58,000 Americans that gave their lives in service to their country have their name listed in chronological order.
- Set up in a line of one long wall with open space, and it's open to the public 24/7.
About the WWII Memorial-
- Honors the service of those who passed, recognizes the ways that Americans served and also recognizes the victory that they achieved for the country and how it
- It's also seen as a tribute to "The Greatest Generation".
- A wall of 4,048 gold stars pay tribute to the sacrifice of 405,000 American lives.
- The several granite columns to show unity of the nation.
- Battles and moments of the war are in graved throughout the memorial.
- Hidden treasures from the war also can be seen like "Kilroy was here".
Check out the U.S. Capitol
- The original dome of the capital became too small when the Capitol’s two wings were enlarged to accommodate more senators and representatives. In result, the original dome was replaced with a larger one.
- The original dome was made out of wood while the new one is cast-iron.
- For two centuries and continuing it has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives, Senate, and an important collection of American art.
Visit the Supreme Court
- Consists of the chief justice of the United States and the fixed number of Associate Justices by congress.
- There are several types of officers in the court which are; Public Information Officer, Director of Information Technology, Curator , Counselor to the Chief Justice, Clerk, Librarian, Marshal, Reporter of Decisions, and Court Counsel.
- The judges are John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice, Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice, Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor (Retired), Associate Justice, David H. Souter (Retired), Associate Justice, and lastly John Paul Stevens (Retired), Associate Justice.
Check out some of the smithsonian Museums
Air and Space Museum-
- First opened in 1976.
- The Museum is the largest out of Smithsonian's 19 museums and its Center for Earth and Planetary studies is one of the Institution's nine research centers.
- Has 21 exhibition galleries, covering world wars to the history of astronomy, the Wright brother and much more.
- There's more than 12,000 cubic feet of documents recording the science, history, and technology of flight, in it's archives.
Museum of Natural History-
- Features several different exhibits such as: earliest human origins, development of world cultures, ancient and modern mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and sea creatures.
- Dedicated to create and inspire curiosity, discovery, and learn about the natural world.
Visit Arlington Cemetery
- Honors who have served our nation by providing a peaceful and beautiful environment.
- The landscape is well organized as a tribute for the service and sacrifice for every person that has been laid to rest on the grounds.
- Tomb of the Unknown soldier honors those who died but were never identified.