A TOUR OF THE MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS

Jefferson Memorial – A 19-foot bronze statue of the third President of the United States. The words of Thomas Jefferson, some written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals. Today, many of these impressive, stirring words adorn the interior walls of his memorial. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial stands as a symbol of liberty and endures as a site for reflection and inspiration for all citizens of the United States and the world.

FDR Memorial – The pivotal years of FDR’s presidency are depicted through a series of four outdoor “galleries,” each devoted to one of his four terms in office, from 1933-45. The galleries feature bronze sculptures of President Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and events from the Great Depression and World War II. The park-like setting has waterfalls and quiet pools amidst a meandering wall of reddish Dakota granite, where Roosevelt’s inspiring words are carved intending to memorialize the institution of the presidency, the struggles of the Great Depression and America’s rise to world leadership.

Lincoln Memorial – “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States – the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War – sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of Freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial – The Vietnam Memorial is V-shaped black granite walls inscribed with the names of the 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam War. The second and third elements of the memorial may also be visited – Frederick Hart’s life-size bronze sculpture of the Three Servicemen and the bronze statue of the Woman in Service to the Vietnam War. The purpose of this memorial is to separate the issue of the sacrifices of the veterans from the U.S. policy in the war, thereby creating a venue for reconciliation.

Korean War Veterans Memorial – Another innovative tribute that as rugged statues of 19 servicemen in full battle gear reflecting into the granite wall adjacent to them to create an image of 19 additional men who represent the dividing line of the 38th Parallel.

National World War II Memorial – This memorial opened on Memorial Day 2004. This is the first national memorial dedicated to the honor of the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home. Located on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, this stark, yet striking memorial is symbolic of the defining event of the 20th century.

Marine Corps Memorial – The largest bronze statue ever cast – five Marines and a sailor raising the Stars and Stripes over Mount Suribachi following one of the bloodiest battles in World War II on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. The creation of the statue was influenced by the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal and is dedicated to the United States Marines who have given their lives in conflicts since the Corp was founded in 1775.

The Washington Monument – The Washington Monument is the most prominent, as well as one of the older, attractions in Washington D.C. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence, and then became its first President. The Monument is shaped like an Egyptian obelisk, 555’ 5/8” high, and averages 30 to 40 miles visibility in clear weather. It was finished on December 6, 1884.

The White House – Guests will enjoy a drive by the White House. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it was built between 1792 and 1800 of white painted Aquai sandstone in the late Georgian style and has been the executive residence of every U.S. President since John Adams.