Author Archives: Rick

Wordless Wednesday: Another stroll through Georgetown

Posted in Monuments and Statues, Washington life | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Life and death at the Vietnam Wall

Posted in Memorials | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Every day is Memorial Day at the Vietnam Wall

Posted in Memorials | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Anton Hilberath: The German soldier in Arlington National Cemetery

  Anton Hilberath is an enigma surrounded by children. Hilberath’s the only German soldier from World War II buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The First Sergeant of the Wehrmacht was among 830 German prisoners of war that died in the … Continue reading

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wordless Wednesday: World War II Memorial

Posted in Memorials | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Alfaro: the Old Warrior of Ecuador

In the row of bronze busts outside the Organization of American States along Constitution Ave. is Eloy Alfaro, the former president of Ecuador whose full name was José Eloy Alfaro Delgado. Alfaro (1842 –1912) was the president from 1895 to … Continue reading

Posted in Monuments and Statues | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sky Landscape is for the 99 percenters

For everyone who was told they’re not good enough, those who spent years trying to make it, that sacrificed everything for their dream — Sky Landscape is for you. Louise Nevelson struggled for many years after arriving from Kiev, Russia. … Continue reading

Posted in Monuments and Statues | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Under the spreading Lincoln oak tree

An old stump is all that’s left of one of the older trees ever around Washington. The Lincoln Oak, named for president Abraham Lincoln meeting under its expansive branches with local military leaders during the Civil War, was destroyed by … Continue reading

Posted in Washington life | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Cordell Hull: Father of the United Nations

It’s strange how everyone knows President Woodrow Wilson was instrumental in the League of Nations that the U.S. never joined, but few recall the key person starting the United Nations. Cordell Hull merits only a three-foot bronze bust outside the … Continue reading

Posted in Memorials | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

56 reasons to come to Constitution Gardens

They were sons of liberty, the ones brave enough to put their name to paper and tell King George to go to Hell. America was free. Today, we remember the founding fathers with 56 Signers Park where each of their … Continue reading

Posted in Memorials | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

DAR pediment is simple enough

  We’re going with an easy one here. I don’t care if you’ve never seen a pediment in your life (and you may have not) you’re going to know what this one means. High above the western entrance into the … Continue reading

Posted in Monuments and Statues | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The man behind the grave marker

It’s not often you see who’s lying underground, but former U.S. Secretary of War William Worth Belknap’s image adorns a large bronze medallion on his marker at Arlington National Cemetery that’s worth a look. Located near the Pan Am 103 … Continue reading

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery, Memorials | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fort Lincoln Cemetery clock that keeps on ticking

  What could be more fitting for a cemetery than a clock that never ends? This 1938 floral clock in the entrance area of Ft. Lincoln Cemetery just across the District’s border in Brentwood, Md. was created by famed timekeeper … Continue reading

Posted in Attractions | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sewall-Belmont House and Museum continues its cause

  Amid the famous buildings of Capitol Hill sits a small brick house with two centuries of history. The Sewall-Belmont House on the corner of Second St. and Constitution Ave. NE has been associated with our political leaders since the … Continue reading

Posted in Attractions | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Remembering the unknown dead of the War of 1812

So much attention is given the Tomb of the Unknowns, but there are actually more than 400 unknowns buried throughout Arlington National Cemetery. Fourteen soldiers and sailors from the War of 1812 are buried together in Section 1 not far … Continue reading

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. meets Canada at Tomb of the Unknowns

I took a group to the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Monday. Just another day until crossing over from the Kennedy graves to find a howitzer blocking our path between the Crook stairs. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Arlington National Cemetery | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Goodbye, Jane (magnolias)

Posted in Uncategorized, Washington life | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cherry blossoms were in the pink

Posted in Washington life | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cherry blossoms mark spring’s opener

Posted in Washington life | Tagged , | Leave a comment

It’s a regular Tool De Force

  It looks like odd tools in my collection, and it is. Tool De Force is a 12 1/2-foot sculpture at the National Building Museum representing some of the tools used in the industry. It was donated to NBM by … Continue reading

Posted in Monuments and Statues | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment