Tag Archives: Photo by Rick Snider

Scenes from the Vietnam Wall

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There is no average week

It’s the busy time of tour season when endless buses of school children clog the monuments while adult visitors wonder what’s all the chaos? When people ask me what tour guiding is like, the past week is my perfect example. … Continue reading

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Jesus at Arlington National Cemetery

Jesus on the cross always makes you stop and think. You would think that some depiction of Jesus would be commonplace at Arlington National Cemetery. But the only one I’ve seen is next to the Crook stairs heading up to … Continue reading

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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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Shutterbugs – this sculpture’s for you

It seems only fitting that a sculpture of the first photographer rests outside the National Portrait Gallery on 7th St. N.W. just steps from the Verizon Center. Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (November 18, 1787 – July 10, 1851) was a French artist … Continue reading

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Arlington National Cemetery’s old amphitheatre and rostrum

Before the Memorial Amphitheatre by the Tomb of the Unknowns opened in 1921, this small amphitheatre behind the gardens of Arlington House served as the main gathering place. Built in 1868, the circular colonnade was once filled with vines. The … 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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On the Trail of John Wilkes Booth: Edman Spangler grave

Whatever happened to the men and women that conspired to kill Abraham Lincoln? This is Edman Spangler’s story. Spangler worked at Ford’s Theater as a carpenter and scene shifter. He helped set up the President’s box for that evening; moving … Continue reading

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Cemetery marker: ‘Gunshot wound in the brain’

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Fort Lincoln Cemetery: Defending Washington during Civil War

    Two cannons rest amid earthworks in Fort Lincoln Cemetery just past the city’s eastern border, remnants of the Civil War defense. Ironically, they’re only a couple hundred yards from the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814 where the British … Continue reading

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Rock Creek Cemetery markers for memories

Wandering through Rock Creek Cemetery is a lesson is historic architecture. It’s probably the best cemetery in Washington for angels alone. The rich and famous from former Washington territorial mayor “Boss” Shepherd to president Teddy Roosevelt’s iconic daughter Alice are … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Ford’s Theatre

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Wordless Wednesday: Pagoda at the Tidal Basin

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Wandering along Embassy Row: Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

A walk along Embassy Row found a new statue since my last stroll. is in front of the Republic of Turkey embassy’s official residence. “The Father of Turks” was a World War I military officer who later served as Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Motherland hugs the American Red Cross

In appreciation of U.S. aid to Armenian earthquake victims, sculptor Friedrich Sogoyan created an oversized mother hugging her child based upon a woman who survived several days in the rubble with her child. The Dec. 7, 1988 earthquake killed more … Continue reading

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Cherry blossoms at MLK

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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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Cherry blossoms best near FDR

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Here comes big bloom

Friday morning was the last frigid one until next fall and the cherry blossoms have survived. Big bloom should be late Saturday or Sunday. It won’t be the usual eye-popping show with reportedly 50 percent of blooms ruined by recent … 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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