Category Archives: Memorials

Scenes from the Vietnam Wall

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Is FDR the new E.T.?

Check out the photo. Everybody seems to be touching the finger of the main statue of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Do they think he’s E.T.? Seriously, the finger is shiny like it’s brand new. No green, no tarnish. Weird. … Continue reading

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Adams Memorial proves haunting in a graveyard

You will stop. Stare hard. Start to feel the grief. It’s an amazing memorial — the Adams Memorial. Located in Rock Creek Cemetery (though this photo is of a copy at the American Art Museum) is a bronze marker dedicated … Continue reading

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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

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How to find your state at the World War II Memorial

The first thing tourists look for at the World War II Memorial isn’t the magnificent fountain, the stars that each represent 100 dead U.S. soldiers, bas relief art by the entrance or names of the battles. No, they want to … Continue reading

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Air Force Memorial rises above Washington

  It lies between Arlington National Cemetery, Navy Annex and the Pentagon, but the Air Force Memorial can be seen many places around town. Indeed, you can also see much of Washington from the memorial. Built in 2006 to remember … Continue reading

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Kilroy was here

He was the best known image of the American GI during World War II even if everybody claimed his name. “Kilroy was here” was a popular phrase accompanied by a drawing of a bald man looking over a wall that … Continue reading

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Remembering Jane Delano, founder of American Red Cross nurses

Jane Delano loved nursing so much that on her deathbed in France while inspecting hospitals during World War I, her last words were, “What about my work, I must get back to my work.” Born on March 12, 1862 near … Continue reading

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A memorial in an Arlington crossroads

It’s not unusual for a monument to be moved. Happens more often than you’d expect. And it’s not unusual for a memorial to be updated with a second use. But here’s one that includes three wars and was relocated to … Continue reading

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DAR Memorial remembers its founding mothers?

I used to think the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were a bunch of old bluebloods caught in the past. And then my wife whacked me. No, Lisa just set me straight since she’s a member. Turns out it’s … Continue reading

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Remembering the soul of a poet: Kahlil Gibran

There are plenty of memorials to foreigners that I really don’t understand, and this might be the most perplexing of all. I read two short biographies of the man and still not sure why a $1 million memorial across the … Continue reading

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The Five Guys in the sky

Sometimes you have to look up to see the great attraction. On the steps of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, you’re rushing up the steps to see the third president. Coming down, you notice the Tidal Basin, White House straight ahead, … Continue reading

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial brings peace

It’s peaceful when entering the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. It’s just a block off the National Mall near congressional offices at 150 Washington Ave. SW, sandwiched into a one-time medium area that was a short cut exiting town. … Continue reading

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Let the lions roar – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

There are lots and lots of lion statues around town. You get five bonus points if knowing this one is part of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on E St. N.W. between 4th and 5th Streets (across the National … Continue reading

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The curious cube of Congressional Cemetery

The black cube in Congressional Cemetery curiously placed at an angle will make you stop. The graves of Charles Fowler and Kenneth Dresser are marked with a cube just 50 yards on the right once entering the gate. Fowler was … Continue reading

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Finding generations long ago on Vietnam Wall

Whenever I find a name for someone on the Vietnam Wall, I asked who this person is to them. Often, it’s a relative. Someone they probably didn’t know like their mom’s uncle. Recently, the woman said it was her boyfriend … Continue reading

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We cannot tell a lie – GW’s birthplace is cool

Monumental Thoughts has a guest contributor – Megan Johnson. (Hey, we’re all for free labor.) A sprawling stretch of land along Popes Creek, Va., isn’t all that different today from when George Washington entered the world 284 years ago – … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Jefferson Memorial

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J. Edgar Hoover – The G-Man of Congressional Cemetery

Perhaps the most feared man by criminals and Congressmen alike is buried behind bars. J. Edgar Hoover once headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 1924-77. Indeed, his name in on the building along Pennsylvania Ave. The nation’s top … Continue reading

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Second to none: the Second Division Memorial

Between the White House and the Washington Monument, the Second Division Memorial on Constitution Ave. approaching 17th St. is another overlooked sculpture. It’s something people just pass by. The memorial commemorates the U.S. Army’s Second Division’s dead during World War … Continue reading

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